Computer Forensics

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    A Good Attorney Never Asks a Questions without Already knowing the Answer

A Good Attorney Never Asks a Questions without Already knowing the Answer

They depend on us, experienced private investigators, for the answers.   We are seekers of the truth, and that’s what the Judges and Juries want to know in order to make informed decisions.  Attorneys are only as good as the information they have to work with.   Sometimes their clients and the witnesses involved, have trouble providing exact accounts of pertinent circumstances involving the incident at hand.   Our databases and information sources are usually more sophisticated than the ones available to most law firm’s investigators and paralegals. In most cases, the information is obtained quickly.

Our investigators are equipped with high-tech video and audio recording equipment that can memorialize statements and activities for evidence.  We have specialists on staff that are experts in the field of computer [...]

Telling the Truth vs Living a Lie

It all started with a lie detection test at International Investigators.  It was a she said, he said situation with both parties confident their beliefs of the situation would clear the air and settle the turmoil between them.  What it turned out to be was something much deeper and emotional than either expected and the direction of their relationship took a dramatic turn towards a journey neither he nor she imagined.

First, let me explain that a detection of deception test is quite different than what is viewed on television programs.  Nobody is asked any questions during the test that have not been thoroughly discussed prior to the test, so in reality, anyone taking the test knows upfront what they are going to be asked.  [...]

Free Will or Foul Play?

Twenty-year-old Sean Purcell lived in the basement of his parents’ home. His living area had its own entrance. With school and work, it wasn’t unusual for his parents not to see him every day. He also wasn’t known for returning texts or phone calls speedily, so the Purcell’s weren’t too concerned when they didn’t see him for a couple of days. They didn’t get worried until Mrs. Purcell realized their son wasn’t raiding the pantry or the refrigerator.

She immediately checked the basement. The first thing she noticed was Sean’s cell phone lying on the bed. The home screen showed some missed calls and texts from his on again - off again girlfriend Kayla. Mrs. Purcell didn’t know the password to get into the phone [...]

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    Is It Embezzlement if it’s a Spouse Who Steals From Your Company

Is It Embezzlement if it’s a Spouse Who Steals From Your Company

Money, Money, Money, does it make us a better person?  Does it get us through tough times?  Does it help us to help others?  Money can be a blessing and it can be a curse.  And when someone has money and someone doesn’t, then the scale of justice seems a little tilted, doesn’t it?

Mark was a prominent CEO of a rather large company.  He was kind and generous to all his employees.  He remembered his manager’s birthdays, anniversaries, their children’s names and even attended various celebrations among his staff.  He was a leader in his community, donated to various charities and well liked among his peers.  He was a stellar guy to everyone except his soon-to-be ex-wife.

The gifts and life style he afforded her [...]

Gaining Information in a Divorce Illegally

Apps regularly pop up in divorce cases, experts say. Over 80% of U.S. divorce attorneys say they’ve seen a rise in the number of cases using social networking, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

Sometimes it’s not the social networking sites themselves, but how they are accessed to gain information.

With that said, let’s remember, there are legal apps that are helpful when you have an aging parent, a teenage child, or apps that allow family members to see every phone’s location.  These apps are helpful since everyone is aware they are installed on the phone.

But what if there is an app on your phone that does more than show your location?  What if the app allows someone else to see your text [...]

Knowing the Unknown is a Valuable Tool

It isn’t easy to learn the truth and sometimes the truth isn’t easy on us either.  International Investigators, clears the path of misconceptions, intuitions and gossip and focuses on facts.

Sometimes the facts do not change the situation, and then there are times the facts create clarity and we see through all the haze and come out of the situation we are currently in better prepared to fight or to just let go.  We all want to know the truth; we want to know the facts so we can move on.

There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t receive calls, an emails or a walk ins from someone lost in their life.  They cannot, by themselves, muddle through their situation without assistance from [...]

I’d Like to Phone a Friend

Friends can be a neighbor, a kid you grew up with since grade school, a co-worker, a boss and your spouse. Nobody ever thinks that a private investigator could be a friend, but in many of our cases that we work, in the end, we have acted on the same level as a friendship. We put our Client’s first, we work on their behalf, we do what is right and we stay within the law to make sure anything we find can be used in the court of law. We don’t tell our Clients we are their friends, but we act upon the same basis.

by Friends.com. If you look in the dictionary it will tell you that the definition of friendship is a state of being [...]

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    He didn’t send the emails, but they came from his computer

He didn’t send the emails, but they came from his computer

Computer forensic analysis can range in scope depending on the case.  We get cases ranging from clients wanting to find deleted emails, pictures, etc. all the way to malicious software investigations.  As with all digital forensics, forensic data recovery is the most common request that we get followed closely by mobile phone spyware detection with social media engineering being the third most common.  The key to a successful computer forensics investigation is that a competent computer forensics expert be willing to explore all conceivable possibilities while performing the investigation.

I am reminded of a case we had about a year ago where the client had an employee log into his email account from their office computer and download emails that were sent to some of [...]

My Husband is in Love with an Avatar

An avatar is an icon or figure representing a particular person in computer games, Internet forums, etc. and that is exactly how some Client’s relationships end.  The computer is a gateway to be whatever you want to be, to represent yourself in a manner you could never do face to face.  It’s a make believe world that many people engage upon to express in words what they cannot say.

Take for instance our Client who came to International Investigators, Inc. to discuss a very personal situation with her husband.  They have been married for over 10 years, have two small children and both are employed with good incomes.  She is the extrovert in their marriage and he is more of the introvert, never wanting to [...]

No One is Ever Going to Hear My Conversations, Or are They?

Social Media: There are so many ways to communicate with social media, but if you break it down, your communication is either by word of mouth or the written word (picture). When you verbally communicate, your message is delivered and heard, then responded to or ignored, but you know right then whether your point was taken or rejected.

In the written form, usually by e-mail, text, or some form of social media, it is derived from a device, a cell phone, a tablet, a laptop or a tower computer. Your personal information is stored in these devices, and sometimes the cloud…and no matter what you write, text, post somebody somewhere that you don’t even know may have access it. That’s the chance we take when [...]