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Forensics Software Tracks, Sorts IMs

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January 6, 2012

The Globe and Mail reports on digital forensics software used by more than 1,100 corporate clients and security organizations. The Internet Evidence Finder tool, created by former police officer Jad Saliba, can trace and sort instant messaging logs to glean potential digital evidence against a suspect. National security agencies--including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the FBI and Scotland Yard--use the software because, the report states, a high percentage of crimes now have a digital footprint. In discussing the efficiency of the software, Saliba said, "Especially with the size of hard drives these days, there's so much information left behind. It can work to help the person accused or against them." Some fear the privacy implications of the software, noting that Saliba's website recommends the software to parents to help them "watch their children's activity" online. 
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