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Forensic Challenges of E-Crime

NCJ Number
Barbara Etter
Date Published
October 2001
8 pages
This paper examines the forensic challenges faced by Australian law enforcement, as well as its criminal justice system, in the increased pervasiveness of e-crime (electronic crime) with the increase in information and communication technology.
Since Australia has been avid in its use of technology and among the leading nations in terms of key measures of Internet infrastructure, penetration, and activity, one of the major challenges for the Australian law enforcement is e-crime (electronic crime). As information and communications technology increases, aspects of electronic crime will take place in all forms of criminal behavior. This paper presents those forensic challenges facing Australia's law enforcement as a result of pervasive e-crime. The paper outlines the nature of the e-crime problem, highlights the strategic challenges posed by e-crime and related response issues, identifies some of the tools of e-crime, describes the emerging science of forensic computing or computer forensics, highlights the forensic challenges of e-crime, and outlines the response of Australian policing. New challenges require new skills and knowledge. It is emphasized that training is necessary to ensure that all law enforcement personnel have a basic understanding of search and seizure issues in relation to electronic evidence, in investigating electronic crime, and in the forensic computing area of e-crime. New skills and techniques are required to enable the criminal justice system to deal with the e-crime issues. References