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Are You Being Victimized By Corporate Espionage?

According to a recent article on CNN, the head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, Randall Coleman said that the bureau has seen a 53% increase in economic espionage cases. To warn and educate industry leaders, the FBI has launched a nationwide campaign.

In the article, Bill Evanina, head of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said, “Economic security is national security.” There is growing evidence of threats from several different nations, which is part of the concern from the government agencies.

Three scenarios highlight the types of situations of corporate espionage:

Insider Threats. This is a situation where individuals who are familiar with the inner workings of a company or products are recruited by outside organizations. Sometimes these individuals actually “spy” on the company and continue on [...]

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    Computer Investigation is More Than Forensics, Especially for the Bullied

Computer Investigation is More Than Forensics, Especially for the Bullied

Being a parent is a big job and now with bullying and cyber bullying that job has become even harder. Years ago the topic of hazing was in the news and the public became aware of the dangers and harm from it. Now, bullying is coming up in the mainstream conversation and its impact is gaining attention.

And parents are taking action. Here at International Investigators, we are seeing that parents consider private investigators a tool in helping them combat bullying in the lives of their children.

One case in Maryland caught national attention when an autistic teenager was tormented by two female schoolmates. Evidence of the mistreatment was caught on the girls’ telephones where they had videotaped horrific pranks played on the boy. Played is [...]

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    Digital Forensics Performed by Private Forensics Companies Picking Up Steam

Digital Forensics Performed by Private Forensics Companies Picking Up Steam

There is a troubling trend growing in the world of crime and punishment and that’s why the phones at International Investigators are ringing.

Just like every other aspect, life has been impacted by technology, the crime world has taken advantage of new technology, too. But on the other hand, that means that the authorities who police and the attorneys who prosecute (or defend) those in court have to be prepared to use everything technology provides for them, as well.

Living in the information age promulgated by technology makes that a challenge. There is just so much evidence and data that has to be uncovered and handled so that it can be used as evidence. The sheer volume is overwhelming authorities. It’s not just in the United [...]

Your Video May Prove Guilt to You, But Not in Court

Due to the constant flood of easily accessible technology, security cameras seem to be more plentiful than ever before:

Many private residences now install security cameras around the exterior of their property.
Business owners install cameras in work areas and building entrances.
Parents with children often install surveillance equipment to keep tabs on the safety of their children with caregivers.

Those constantly rolling cameras can often hold people accountable for bad behavior. But in the event of videotaping a suspected crime, people have a false security about their video skills. You might assume that you don't need the services of professionals like International Investigators. After all you can do it yourself, right? After you read what goes into providing video evidence for court, you might just change your [...]

Computer Forensics SOP in High Profile Cases

Since the mid-1980s, computer forensics has been allowed in criminal court as evidence. It continues to be a highly important aspect of investigation. Pertaining to any type of legal evidence discovered on computers, this branch of digital forensics science is one of many ways that International Investigators helps clients in their pursuit of the truth. Here are a few examples of how computer forensics experts helped to either solve cases or prosecute them:

BTK Killer: A man named Dennis Rader began to send letters to police on floppy disks. A computer forensics investigation used data mining software to uncover Meta data within files that implicated Rader as the author. Forensic data recovery provided the evidence needed. He was indicted and charged with multiple murders conducted [...]

Bad Partner Revealed Through Comprehensive Investigation

As a risk-taking entrepreneur, John was accustomed to feeling stressed. But for months, John felt more on edge than ever. Two of his three business partners had readily agreed to the sale of one of their jointly owned companies. But for some reason, the fourth partner adamantly disagreed. With a majority vote, the partners did not need Eric's vote in order to sell. But John didn't want animosity.

He continued to try to discuss the decision with Eric. But suddenly, Eric, the business accountant, was so angry that he refused to turn over tax records requested by potential buyers. As if that situation wasn't enough of a headache, John secretly feared that he was being watched or even followed. He avoided discussing this with his [...]

Forensic Data Recovery Reveals the Culprit

When Marcus reflected back on how he felt a few months ago, before his attorney hired a private investigator, his knees felt weak. For a long time, Marcus feared that he might never be able to prove the truth. He feared that he might be unjustly sentenced to a prison term. He worried that he would lose his family and all that he worked for so many years to financially achieve.

First, Marcus spent long hours searching for clues. He tried in vain to speak to detectives at the police department. But it seemed that everyone assumed he was guilty long before a trial date was even set.

As the weeks rolled by, Marcus became more upset. He was frustrated and felt like he was living [...]

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    Business Espionage is Not Limited to High Tech and Multi-Million Dollar Firms

Business Espionage is Not Limited to High Tech and Multi-Million Dollar Firms

When people think corporate espionage, they think high-tech and industrial secrets. They don’t realize that corporate espionage includes any product, service or client list that a company has to make money. Everything from chocolate recipes to online marketing techniques can be the subject of business espionage. Here’s a case from the International Investigator files as an example:

While attending design school in England, Beth befriended another student, Miguel. They made an elaborate plan to open a business together once they graduated. While Miguel returned to his native Peru to wait for a visa, Beth returned to her native Florida and accepted a job with an already-established designer.

After Miguel's visa was granted and he arrived in Miami, he backed out of the plan with Beth to [...]

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    Remove the Rose-Colored Glasses to See Clearly with Investigative Services

Remove the Rose-Colored Glasses to See Clearly with Investigative Services

Joan was the type of woman who pretended not to see things. In fact, Joan liked to believe that as long as she didn't talk about a terrible issue, it would somehow just magically go away.

For the last four years of her thirty-year marriage, Joan was an ostrich. She suspected her husband of being a cheating spouse. But she buried her head in the sand. She suspected him of using cocaine again, even after he successfully completely rehab ten years ago. But Joan hid her head as often as possible. She also occasionally wondered if her husband was even capable of swindling Lewis, his longtime business partner. But unfortunately, Joan chose to wear those rose-colored glasses. And in the end, Joan was penniless.

When her [...]

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    The Road to the Altar was Fast – And so was the Path to Divorce Court

The Road to the Altar was Fast – And so was the Path to Divorce Court

More than anything, Ken did not want his sister to be right about the warnings she whispered before he tied the knot with Margo. His sister insisted that Margo's motivation for marriage had a lot to do with Ken's bank account and very little to do with love.

Less than a year ago, Ken had lost his beloved first wife to cancer. He believed that he was destined to be a bachelor. So when he met Margo, Ken threw all caution to the wind. Ken ignored his attorney's advice to draw up a pre-nuptial contract. Now that a few months had gone by and several thousand dollars had flown out of his checking and savings accounts, that fog of bliss was beginning to clear.

Ken questioned [...]