Forensics

The National Trading Standards eCrime Team gathers evidence from a wide array of Internet connected electronic devices and storage media seized during investigations.

Our state-of-the-art digital evidence unit has experience of extracting and analysing data from just about any type of desktop or laptop computer, tablet, mobile phone or storage medium. They’ve even taken evidence from an industrial embroidery machine!

Digital evidence unit
The digital evidence unit is staffed by a team of specialist digital forensic analysts. They forensically analyse all the computers, mobile phones, tablets and storage media that are seized as part of e-crime investigations to identify and gather digital evidence from them. They also support teams of investigators and police officers during actual raids on premises advising on the correct way to seize and secure IT equipment to preserve the chain of evidence.

Correctly seizing, receiving, preserving and presenting digital evidence is a vital part of the digital forensic process and of paramount importance in gaining successful prosecutions against scammers and rogue traders.

Because of the bewildering array of devices involved in e-crime, the area of digital forensics can be hugely challenging. Devices use the commission of e-rime range from large computer networks right down to miniature mobile phones. The type of devices that have been encountered have ranged from typical laptop and desktop machines, to in-car computers and even in one case a digital embroidery machine.

The embrodiery machine was was being used to create counterfeit products using the stitched logos of several blue-chip brands. The machine was a bespoke device which on initial examination had a single electronic control device, which housed the evidence.

Digital evidence is by its very nature transient, but this doesn’t mean its any less important. By taking a systematic approach when gathering and archiving it, its full probative value can be used in court.

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