Cyber Crime Scenes
A small-town police department has realized that cyber crime can now happen anywhere. They have hired you to produce a guide that they can use to train their first responders and detectives. You will provide a Microsoft Word document of 6-8 pages that addresses the following points:
- Outline the roles of the first responder and detectives at the scene of a crime where computer-based evidence may be present.
- Describe the similarities and differences between the scene of a cyber crime arrest and that of a typical street crime. For example, compare how evidence is detected, documented, and examined.
- Provide a list of basics do's and don'ts, assuming that the officers consulting your guide may not be experts in computers. How should a suspect computer be handled at the scene, for instance? What other types of digital evidence might be important, besides a computer?
- Discuss the importance of chain of custody and show how faulty chain of custody can affect an investigation.
- Explain the conditions that would require the detectives to obtain a warrant before proceeding further.
Throughout the guide, be sure to utilize proper terminology.
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Running head: CYBER CRIME SCENES
CYBER CRIME SCENES GUIDE
CYBER CRIME SCENES
Cyber-crime is any criminal or illegal activity instigated by the use of computers or the
internet. These crimes range from hate crimes, cyber terrorism, identity theft, child pornography
or illegal trading of black market goods. Such crimes are committed with the computer as the
object of crime and can be done through many means such as phishing, spamming and hacking.
Hacking is the most common method used by hackers to obtain information illegally or commit
crimes. However, there are other many ways in which a computer system or the internet can be
used to conduct illegal activities. In this paper, we are going to explore safe means to handle
computer crime scenes and evidence collected at the scenes. We are also going to
comprehensively discuss what entails a cyber-crime scene and how first responders and
detectives should handle them.
A cyber-crime scene is a physical location where a cyber-crime is suspected to have been
committed (Shinder, 2008). Forensic evidence relating to the crime can be gathered at the crime
scenes. Evidence gathered is used to understand how the crime was committed and possibly
determine the perpetrator upon completion of an investigation. Securing of a crime scene and
collection of evidence is usually the task of a first responder. A first responder is a person who
arrives first at the crime scene. The first responder is very crucial to securing and maintaining the
original crime scene. Usually, the first responder hast the required skill and expertise to deal with
the incident. First responders to a cyber-crime scene include security personnel, IT staff
members, an officer or incident response team.
CYBER CRIME SCENES
The first responder to a cyber-crime scene has the following roles:
✓ Securing the scene of the crime.
✓ Assessment of available resources.
✓ Determining the scope and magnitude of the crime scene.
✓ Preserving all the evidence including ones not visible, e.g. forensic evidence by not
allowing anything or anyone to tamper with the crime scene.
✓ Assist in collecting computer forensic evidence.
The most critical role of the first responder is to secure the crime scene until detectives arrive
at the scene (Yar, 2019). This is very critical to...