Computer Forensics

Correct approach to Computer Forensics

More than a few clients have walked through the doors of International Investigators requesting their cell phone or laptop be analyzed by our digital forensics lab. Quite commonly the client is dealing with marital infidelity and highly suspects their spouse of a secret affair.

The first questions we tend to ask in these cases pertain to the ownership of the device in question and inform the client that computer forensic firms in the US are legally obligated to obtain permission from the owner of the device and to follow a legal process for cell records in digital forensics. The same holds true for mobile phone forensics and during a cell phone investigation. A reputable forensic investigator should always gain written permission of the device owner [...]

Can Spyware Be Installed On My Cell Phone Wirelessly?

Here at International Investigators, we routinely get asked about cellular malware and how it is installed. One of the most common questions is if cell phone spyware can be installed on a cellular device Can Spyware Be Installed On My Cell Phone Wirelessly?

Wirelessly. The answer: YES. So, how does one go about installing malware on a phone if they don’t have physical access? Well, there are several ways this can be done and one of which is an IMSI catcher. The police and some of the big three letter spooky agencies use commercially manufactured IMSI catchers such as the Stingray which is built by the Harris Corporation. We won’t get into the actual capabilities of the Stingray as there are legal ramifications in doing [...]

Are You Sabotaging Your Own Business’s Digital Security?

You wouldn’t be the first business owner to use their work email address for non business related tasks. Sometimes it might make sense to use your business email account during online orders, quote applications, etc. However, this might not be the smartest move. When you send an email anywhere the email will move through various networks. If the company your dealing with has lax daisy network security system you could in fact be asking for malware to be directed right back at your own network via email responses.

There are other scenarios to consider as well. How many users and what type of privileges to the users on the business network have? Can they also send emails and if so are the emails monitored? If [...]

Can I Help You?

It was a hectic day here at International Investigators when the door opened and a small framed middle aged man walked in. He was a rather nerdy fellow with small eyes and bushy eyebrows. In his hand was a small box; 5 inches by 8 inches and he carried it like it was filled with precious gems. He walked right into my office, sat down and said, “I’m here to help you!” which I found strange, because I believed I was here to help him. When I asked what he could do for me, he laid the box down on my desk, opened it up and lifted a smart phone out of it. We both looked at each other with surprise, me because it [...]

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    You think it’s just a bump in the road, when in fact, it’s a full fledge road block

You think it’s just a bump in the road, when in fact, it’s a full fledge road block

Mary would drive home every night from work with a heavy heart and so many thoughts running through her mind. Every night she wondered what time her husband would arrive home, would he be waiting for her or her waiting for him. It was a dreadful game she played with herself.

For the last year and a half of her fifteen year marriage, Mary kept the thought of that little bump in the road to herself hoping it wouldn’t get any bigger, but that wouldn’t be the case for her. Mary felt she was dealing with an unfaithful husband and didn’t want to believe he could be a cheating spouse. An attorney friend recommended Mary to meet with International Investigators to determine if in fact [...]

Don’t be a Victim to New Scam Techniques

As much as we knew it was a possibility, we were still a little surprised here at International Investigators to hear that scammers were pretending to be private investigators in a payday loan debt scheme.

The incident cited at credit.com says that a caller saying he was a private investigator pressured the victim into going to the local courthouse to settle her debt.

There are so many things wrong about this:

Private investigators are NOT debt collectors. Our business is to uncover facts, evidence and the truth, not to contact people and collect on debts. No one from International Investigators will ever call to push you to settle a debt. It won’t happen.
Unless there is a court case and hearing, no one can just “go to the [...]

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    If You Are In Business, You Are a Potential Target for Corporate Espionage

If You Are In Business, You Are a Potential Target for Corporate Espionage

What do you do in your leisure time? Watch football or motor racing? That’s all fun, right?

Don’t kid yourself. Major sports are major businesses and that means big money is at stake. And when big money is on the line, there are also people who will do anything to “win.”

For example, consider the recent “Deflate-gate” centered on footballs and Tom Brady. Now there is the Mercedes F-1 team suing a departing engineer for alleged data theft as he goes to join the competing Ferrari team.

Corporate espionage and employee theft is limitless. It is not limited by content, size of business or geography. It is limited only by the aspirations of the person or persons engaging in it.

Stealing confidential client lists – Clients are the [...]

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    Cell Phone Forensics Can Be Your Best Friend When You are Accused of a Crime

Cell Phone Forensics Can Be Your Best Friend When You are Accused of a Crime

Working with attorneys to help them build cases for their clients is an everyday experience for International Investigators. We deal in the truth and there are two reasons attorneys look to us:

They are trying to gather facts that prove their client’s innocence or create doubt as to guilt
They are trying to gather information to understand the client’s situation better and be ready to defend with facts

One case that illustrates why attorneys use investigators so often included a cell phone investigation. The attorney’s client, Ralph*, was accused of robbing a convenience store. This wasn’t a case of cell phone hack detection or cell phone spying, it was the facts that the cell phone device could supply that was needed.

Most people are aware that cell phone [...]

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    It May Start as a Joke, but Spyware on the Computer is Never Funny

It May Start as a Joke, but Spyware on the Computer is Never Funny

Proving innocence and proving guilt are opposite sides of the same investigative coin. Here at International Investigators, we are concerned with facts, evidence and truth. That’s the investigative business. That being said, good investigators are also experienced professionals - and, I dare say, experts – in human behavior. It is that understanding of how people react and what they are likely to do that gives us leads that others might not recognize.

International Investigators detectives are also steadfast in their objectivity, which is another sign of a professional. Objectivity promotes clarity and the ability to see past the heat of the moment.

Derek came to us in a highly emotional state. The young man was trying to build a career in accounting and there had been [...]

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    Investigation Protects Employees and Prevents a Major Bad Decision in a Small Business

Investigation Protects Employees and Prevents a Major Bad Decision in a Small Business

One thing we know here at International Investigators, is that when getting to the truth is a matter of importance, you have to call in professionals – and the sooner the better.

Dina’s attorney wasted no time in referring the solopreneur to a professional investigator. In the initial meeting she explained the situation:

She had been a solopreneur in her accounting firm for almost five years. Her firm was growing and she started to entertain the idea of adding a partner. When Brett walked through the door looking for a job, it was like he was tailor-made to fit right in with the firm and clientele she had targeted. He was smart, technically proficient, and charming. She hired him on the spot during his first interview.

After [...]