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How Computer Forensics Is Used in Legal Cases

By Linda Volonino, Reynaldo Anzaldua

Part of Computer Forensics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The science of computer forensics is increasingly used in legal cases. E-evidence can make or break a prosecutor’s case. Here’s a sampling of legal cases where electronic evidence plays a role:

  • Prove that something happened. You might find evidence in an e-mail indicating sexual harassment; in financial files indicating fraud or IRS violations; or in file transfers indicating theft of intellectual property, for example.

  • Prove that someone did not do something. Image files of child exploitation on a person’s office PC might have been downloaded by someone else because the PC had no password or firewall protection.

  • Figure out what the facts prove or demonstrate. You might discover private e-mail messages, texting, financial accounts, or other online activities that demonstrate contract or patent violations, hidden assets, infidelity, theft of intellectual property, misuse of company networks, or illegal activities.