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Politics Law Society

Using FCS is like a turbo booster for Forensics

With growing complexities in digital forensics an efficient investigation can become quite a limited assignment.

Using FCS is like a turbo booster for Forensics

Digital evidence has to be extracted and analyzed so that it makes sense

Law enforcement and border protection often needs to deal with digital evidence hidden in hard drives, smartphones or small flash devices. Extracting the data is only one step inside the long journey to proving guilt or getting ahead criminals before they can complete their crimes.

This is where ACATO is working on providing the 360 degree command system that will empower investigators and forensic laboratories to not only get more out of their existing toolsets but also create an opportunity to go beyond standard procedures.

Making the world a safer place is the mission of ACATO. In order to improve the status quo the development of the „forensic command suite“ is more than just some connectivity tool.

It consists of specialized modules that can deal with different aspects of crime. It helps to identify best approach for chipoffs. Analyzing of large quantities of manipulated videos using special features is done before then going in deep with 3rd party tools so that one can see if the sampling has delivered some red herrings.

The tool can automatically find files hidden in many locations of a drive based on the settings of the researcher. Furthermore this does not stop at locating hidden data inside other files. A separate module focuses on identifying types of digital attacks.

In some cases, financial crimes can be done using obfuscated identities. A special feature can analyze data in relation to a variety of codes that can show hidden identities. The accompanying databases assist the system in dealing with workflows that are needed to respond to particular criminal strategies.
Since money laundry is also a side crime accompanying the main crime this requires to blow away the fog that has been deliberately placed in financial transactions to fool researchers. In field of investment related fraud and misrepresentation, the FIA module helps to deal with joint venture fraud and mutual fund investments that can also be in a form of direct investment in a venture.

The Financial Investment Audit Inspection tool can work with a large amount of investment transactions to identify false profitability claims and tax evasion. Nevertheless, these tools still require well trained officers to make the game changer in their area of operation.

This forensic command suite is not a tool designed to spy on the public. It is supposed to help investigators protect the society against criminal activities. Nevertheless, this tool is only exclusively available to authorities and large enterprises that have a specialized team of forensics experts.

ACATO provides forensic laboratory services for courts, lawyers, accused, police forces and companies around the world. It help extract evidence from locked, damaged or deleted smartphones.

Kontakt
ACATO GmbH – International Forensic Services
Chris Bartsch
Heimeranstr. 37
80339 München
0049 89 54041070
presse@acato.de
https://www.acato.org

Politics Law Society

Edivence in cheap smartphones can lead to wrong convictions

Cheap smartphones have recycled memory chips that can lead to wrong convictions as the chips were not appropriately emptied before being soldered onto new pcb.

Edivence in cheap smartphones can lead to wrong convictions

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Chipoff shows evidence proving innocence

When accused are arrested in some countries it can be based on illegal usage or possession of certain pictures (e.g. pornography) or applications (bylock, eagle). The phones are manufactured in China using recycled phones which still contain illegal data from previous user. The Data is not visible to new owner but to police forensics.

This is due to the manufacturers just formatting the chips and installing new android version. This eventually will lead to phones being inspected by police forensics. Here they find illegal applications (e.g. bylock, eagle, whatsapp, …) and photos (pornography) which is illegal in some countries.

Until recently is was not known how these cheap phones are made. There is a wide range of cheap fake phones and very cheap branded phones being sold in countries like China, India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Iran and other countries. In some of these countries (Turkey, Iran, UAE) the innocent people are punished by jail sentences or even physical punishment. This where ACATO can prove innocence of the convicted.

Since these cheap Chinese brand are entering Europe more and more, it will lead to an increase of pornography related convictions that put innocent people in jail or discredit them for life. The research conducted in China, Germany, Netherlands, Turkey and other countries shows how the negative effect or recycled chip has on the defense of accused.

The research into this false evidence has become visible through the chip off research conducted by ACATO and its Partners. In some cases the forensics laboratory of ACATO was asked to investigate cases in regards to such accusations finding that either the device never had such data or applications (bylock) or the evidence dated from a time frame when the smartphone was not yet manufactured.

ACATO provides forensic laboratory services for courts, lawyers, accused, police forces and companies around the world. It help extract evidence from locked, damaged or deleted smartphones.

Kontakt
ACATO GmbH – International Forensic Services
Chris Bartsch
Heimeranstr. 37
80339 München
0049 89 54041070
presse@acato.de
https://www.acato.org

Wissenschaft Technik Umwelt

Zertifiziertes Palmöl braucht mehr Abnehmer

Verbraucher können Druck ausüben

Zertifiziertes Palmöl braucht mehr Abnehmer

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sup.- Der „Runde Tisch für Nachhaltiges Palmöl“ (RSPO), der 2004 auf Initiative der Umweltorganisation WWF ins Leben gerufen wurde, hat die Kriterien für zertifiziertes Palmöl im November 2014 verschärft. Um die nachhaltige Produktion von Palmöl entlang der Wertschöpfungskette zu fördern, nutzt der RSPO einerseits den RSPO Standard für die Palmölproduktion sowie den RSPO „Chain of Custody“ Standard für alle nachgelagerten Bereiche. Damit Produkte, die nachhaltig erzeugtes Palmöl enthalten, mit einem RSPO Logo etikettiert werden dürfen, müssen bei jeder Herstellungs- bzw. Handelsstufe die RSPO Richtlinien eingehalten und von einer unabhängigen Prüforganisation zertifiziert worden sein.

Obgleich auch die neuen Anforderungen dem WWF nicht weit genug gehen, unterstützt die Umweltorganisation weiterhin den RSPO, der mit seiner Marktdurchdringung und seinen Strukturen auf dem richtigen Weg sei. Strengere Forderungen sind vor allem an den Palmöl-Produzenten gescheitert, die nicht bereit sind, noch mehr Kriterien zu erfüllen, solange sie ihr zertifiziertes Palmöl nicht loswerden. Derzeit findet aufgrund des höheren Preises nur rund die Hälfte des nachhaltig hergestellten Palmöls Abnehmer. Selbst in Deutschland sind nach Angaben des WWF gerade einmal 30 Prozent des Palmöls auf die eine oder andere Weise zertifiziert. „Und damit stehen wir im Gegensatz zu anderen Ländern noch gut da“, sagt die WWF-Projektleiterin Ilka Petersen.

Verbraucher, die einen Beitrag dazu leisten wollen, dass die Nachfrage nach zertifiziertem Palmöl steigt, können mit ihrem Einkaufsverhalten ein Signal setzen und so mittelbar Druck auf die Lebensmittelhersteller ausüben. Laut einer neuen EU-Verordnung muss Palmöl in weiterverarbeiteten Nahrungsmitteln seit diesem Jahr explizit als eigenständige Zutat aufgelistet werden. Ob dabei konventionell oder nachhaltig gewonnenes Palmöl eingesetzt wird, darüber informieren z. B. der Palmöl-Scorecard ( www.panda.org/palmoilscorecard/2013 ) bzw. die entsprechenden Verbraucher-Hotlines oder -Websites der jeweiligen Hersteller.

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