Computer forensic investigation is becoming more and more a part of many crimes and alleged criminal activities. From activity on websites to chats and email, evidence can be extracted by a computer forensic investigator and by following data extraction protocol, what the forensic computer analysis uncovers can be used in a court of law.
Here at International Investigators, we have operated one of the first computer forensics labs in the nation and have built a reputation on our experience and professionalism. Attorneys know if it’s there, we will find it.
With recent whistleblowers stepping forward from the ranks of Bank of America, the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) appears to have been hampered (pun intended) by executives in the bank. The thing is that it is not just a case of “he said, she said” with two opposing stories. No, much of the communication was handled electronically – through email and other computer-based tools.
That means that through a computer forensics investigation evidence is available that will provide a picture of the truth. It doesn’t take a computer forensics consultant to say what a monumental task a complete computer forensics analysis would entail with an organization as large as Bank of America. But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. With sworn affidavits naming specific executives who directed the alleged fraudulent activities, the scope of the computer forensic examination could be winnowed significantly.
We know that even when computer users think they have deleted files and documents, during the course of computer forensic electronic discovery, the computer forensic specialist can often find it on the hard drive.
It will be interesting to see what evidence piles up in the Bank of America case – and how it is gathered and used. Computer forensic services are being tapped for evidence collection in cases on both sides of the courtroom. It is one of the newest – and most reliable – tools in litigation toolboxes. Be sure you are using one of the best computer forensics firms like International Investigators if you need to pursue computer data extraction.
-T. Wilcox, CEO, International Investigators