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The Sheriff’s department adds technology to phone forensics

The Sheriff's department adds technology to phone forensics

Special Deputy Cheryl Purdy, a computer analyst and head of the cybersecurity workforce certificate at Owensboro Community & Technical College, conducts phone and computer forensic investigations for the sheriff’s office. Purdy said Monday that the phone and computer searches can’t be done without precise warrants that outline exactly what is being sought by investigators. Warrants are reviewed and approved by a judge. The new software will allow Purdy to search for evidence contained in a smartphone’s cloud-based backup system. The software can search for evidence in a person’s iCloud, Google Drive or on social media, Purdy said.

Your next cup of coffee could be made without coffee beans Purdy, who did forensic work on a phone that resulted in a man pleading guilty in exchange for 30 years in federal prison on child pornography charges last year, said other software purchased through the grant will help provide more accurate records of a phone’s location when it was used to to send texts messages and make calls.

Currently, cellphone locations are only roughly determined by the cell power that “pinged” the call. Also, new software purchased through the grant will allow detectives to show surveillance footage from camera systems that use proprietary technology on windows-based computers. Being able to take video footage from proprietary systems means investigators will be able to easily show those videos in court. Currently “short of taking the whole (proprietary) system to court, we haven’t been able to view those,” Purdy said.

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  • The sheriff’s department has added phone forensics equipment to its arsenal. Messenger-Inquirer reporter James Mayse 12th of October, 2021 Updated in November. New equipment has been added to the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department to aid in the investigation of crimes involving telephones, laptops, and surveillance cameras. The state Department of Homeland Security awarded the sheriff’s department a $51,300 grant last year to acquire a new computer and several new software applications to undertake phone and computer examinations for evidence. All of the software has been ordered, according to Major Barry Smith, the sheriff’s chief deputy.

  • Information deleted from a phone could still exist on a backup system, such as iCloud, Purdy said, and “the same is true for Google Drive for android devices. “Sometimes, if you feel there are things on a phone you’re not seeing, it’s possible they are on a backup file.” RNC continues to pay Trump’s bills as a sign of loyalty. +8Thanksgiving travelers won’t deal with widespread weather worries. Thanksgiving travelers won’t deal with widespread weather worries.