Monday, September 8, 2008

What is computer forensics?

Computer forensics (also known as digital forensics) is the practice of identifying, seizing, analyzing, and reporting computer/digital evidence including, but not limited to hard drives, removable storage devices and media, PDAs, cell phones, etc. The process follows stringent protocol to adhere to the evidentiary rule in a court of law.


Smishing (Cell Phone Scam)

A new scam involving cell phones has emerged. Identity thieves have long used "phishing" in e-mails to obtain personal and financial information from victims. This new scams involves SMS (Short Message Service) called "smishing". A potential victim receives a text message to their cell phone posing as a financial institution stating that their account has been compromised and links them to a fraudulent website where the thief again try to gain access to the account numbers.

If you receive a phone call asking you to verify your personal information hang up immediately. Legitimate financial institutions will never do this.

If you did not initiate the contact hang up or delete the message immediately.

Report suspicious emails, text messages, or phone calls the to the Federal Trade Commission at or by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT