Computer Forensics for the Fraud Examiner

Thwarting Intellectual Property Thieves


By Richard D.Cannon, CFE, CFCE

Fraud Bytes   

Welcome to the first edition of Fraud Bytes, a column on computer forensics. The fraud examiner of the 21st century has to understand emerging schemes and investigation techniques and rise to the next level - computer data analysis and examination.

Computer forensic analysis, once reserved for law enforcement's criminal investigations, has dispersed into other areas including fraud examination. The new breed of fraud examiner needs to not only analyze the gigabytes of digital data but also dissect the fraudster's computer systems. This column will focus on tools, techniques, and emerging computer fraud trends that affect and aid the digital fraud examiner. In each issue we'll endeavor to supply practical information as we struggle to keep pace with the digital age and the technology that increases our effectiveness and exploited to commit cyber-frauds. Let's begin!

In October of 2005, the Superior Court of the State of California upheld and affirmed a jury verdict and issued final judgment against the Toshiba Corporation for theft of trade secrets from the Lexar Media Corporation.

The verdict cost Toshiba $465 million. The case stems from discoveries that at least one of Toshiba's electronic memory products contained proprietary technology created by Lexar. The amended complaint against Toshiba alleges that a member of Lexar's board of directors acted as an agent for Toshiba and facilitated the theft of the proprietary information.


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