Forensic examination of digital evidence is critical to the mission of the Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force. Today’s digital devices are complex. They have exponentially increasing storage capacity and are encountered at a much higher rate than in the past. The workload created by these technological advances on our forensic examiners has vastly increased.
Digital Forensic Examinations are performed by Law Enforcement personnel affiliated with our Task Force. These investigators have received extensive training and utilize specialized equipment. Forensic examinations can take a few hours to several weeks depending on the storage size, content of the device(s) and the complexity of the data/extraction.
Task Force Digital Forensic Examinations are coordinated for on-going investigations requested by Law Enforcement personnel who are conducting follow-up investigations. Two full-time forensic examiners are assigned to the Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force.
Hi-Tech Crimes Detectives investigate other cyber related crimes such as unauthorized access to computer systems. In today’s digital world, many crimes have a Hi-Tech component. Hi-Tech Crimes Detectives work ID Theft as well as assist with forensic examinations of computers, cell phones and other various types of digital media.
Internet scams are generally classified as Hi-Tech Crimes. These scams are generally perpetrated by suspects outside the U.S. Due to this obstacle our Task Force does not actively follow up on scams with international ties. We contact many people who are unwittingly the middle man for scammers, however these incidents rarely result in prosecution.