VENTURA COUNTY PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS

FORENSIC COMPUTER INVESTIGATIONS

Anyone can find a needle in a haystack. Computers and cell phones are obvious starting places to look for evidence, but the volume of data and difficulty with security, encryption, cloud storage, etc., make what we do like finding a needle in a needlestack!

Computer Forensics Investigations

John Troxel

Some of the general types of matters involving computer forensics:

  • Suspected theft or sharing of proprietary information (client data, proposals, confidential memos, accounting data, etc.)
  • Inappropriate e-mail and other electronic communications
  • Accessing questionable websites through the Internet (According to Websense, 70% of Internet porn traffic occurs during the 9 to 5 workday.)
  • Illegal activities by employees (According to the FBI/Computer Security Institute’s survey, upwards of 70% of all computer crime is committed by employees.)
  • Inappropriate computer use

Computer forensics is more than just geeks who know their way around a computer digging into its data. It is using forensically sound tools and methodologies as part of an investigation, to property collect, preserve, analyze and report; and sometimes testify in court or depositions.  Every case is treated as if it were going to be used in litigation. It goes without saying that the computer forensics investigator understands the forensic protocols involving the capture, storage and analysis of electronically stored information (ESI).

Since 2003, our investigations firm has conducted forensic computer investigations for law firms, businesses, governmental agencies and individuals throughout California and Utah.  We analyze all types of ESI at our offices including hard drives, external storage devices, mobiles, digital cameras, etc. Evidence can often be recovered despite attempts to hide or delete data.

We regularly work on litigation, employment law (employee misconduct) and family law matters, and conduct workplace investigations for human resources, risk management, etc.

Verdict Resources Inc. is the one of the only licensed private investigator firms in California and Utah providing computer forensics services. We perform all forensic computer investigation analyses at our locations in Salt Lake City, Utah as well as just outside of Los Angeles in Camarillo, California, using only evidence grade hardware and software; but we frequently travel beyond California to serve our clients nationwide for data acquisition and other consulting needs. We speak geek, but write in plain English!

Please contact us to have someone promptly call you regarding our forensic computer investigation services. For cyber security for law firms, please see our cybersecurity page: www.vricyber.com.

 

Computer Forensics Cases

Ventura Family Court: Appointed §730 Expert to identify presence of child pornography in a custody matter, which the wife identified to show the husband as unfit for share custody.  We found that the wife planted illicit images to implicate her husband, and referred the matter to law enforcement.

Provo Law Firm: Identified critical evidence of a contract between two parties in an old text message string on an Android device.

Salt Lake Law Firm: Analysis of iPhones in support of personal injury matters.

Los Angeles Law Firm: Multiple computers were analyzed to identify evidence in an internal fraud scheme perpetrated by several employees acting in collusion.

San Fernando Valley Law Firm: One of the owners of a company was being sued by a former employee for sexual harassment.  Upon identifying the content of emails and text messages sent from the employee to the owner, the settlement was reduced by 40%.

Orange County Manufacturer: Identification of data destruction by an outgoing officer prior to his starting a competing company, resulting in a multimillion dollar verdict for the client.

Thousand Oaks Law Firm: Discovery of previously unknown $2 million in brokerage accounts on a computer of the client’s spouse in a divorce matter.

Pasadena Law Firm: Successfully identified sender (one of the firm’s paralegals), who created a fake email address before sending an inappropriate email to the entire firm with an attached risqué photograph of fellow paralegal.

Oxnard Law Firm: Forensic analysis of a cell phone, identifying an inappropriate video sent from a male manager to a female employee.

Los Angeles Law Firm: Identified numerous illegal images on the hard drive of a client’s former spouse in a custody case, which was referred to LAPD.

Santa Barbara Law Firm: Conducted searches of multiple computers to identify employees improperly accessing and sharing confidential information.

Large City Newspaper: Identified violations by an employee, who used company resources while moonlighting for a competing newspaper.

Governmental Agency in San Bernardino County: Investigated inappropriate use of public resources by a local government official.

Westlake Village Business: Identified on an employee’s hard drive her violating computer / company policies in a sexual harassment matter, including inappropriate images of her in sexually compromised situations.

Encino Business: Searched of terminated employee’s hard drive for evidence of his improperly obtaining his employer’s data for the purposes of starting a competing business.

Ventura Law Firm: Found digital evidence of improper communications and financial transactions in a divorce matter.

Ventura Law Firm: Identification of evidence of an employee violating firm policy by using firm resources (hardware, software applications) for a separate business concern, while on the clock.

Camarillo Individual: Identified through Internet histories the planned indiscretions of a client’s spouse who was traveling on business around the world, including soliciting escorts in other countries.

San Francisco Manufacturer:  Identified improper use of proprietary technology by the client’s customer, who was using the client’s software / hardware in a Los Angeles medical facility.  They attempted to circumvent internal controls to continue to use the devices.

School District Board: Computers of Superintendent and Assistant Superintendents were analyzed to identify illegal and inappropriate activities.

Ventura County Law Firm: Identified illegal images from the hard drive of a client’s former spouse in a child custody matter.

 

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Verdict Resources, Inc.

396 W. Ventura Blvd.

Camarillo, Ca 93010

Phone: (805) 445-1498

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50 W. Broadway, Suite 300

Salt Lake City, UT 84010

Phone: (801) 441-6877