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Mobile Discovery: Outsmarting the Smartphone

Smartphones are ubiquitous Six billion smartphones will be in circulation by the year 2020. These phones and other mobile devices can leave behind an indisputable digital trail, and the electronically stored information (ESI) on them can often be relevant, unique, and discoverable. Many employees freely admit sending confidential company information with their mobile device. Is this important source of ESI part of your eDiscovery/investigative strategy? JOIN THE EXPERTS AT 4DISCOVERY FOR …Read More

4Discovery’s Phil Knox to Present at the Illinois Association of School Business Officials Conference

Panel discussion will address school district risks and how to use digital forensics to respond and investigate incidents Fraud, misconduct, sexual harassment, and data security breaches are just a few of the significant risks facing school districts in our current environment, and school business officials have an important legal duty to respond to and investigate these events. 4Discovery, a prominent digital forensics firm, will lead a panel discussion at the …Read More

Join us in Indianapolis for a special Trade Secret Protection CLE event

Want to learn how to help your clients protect their trade secrets? JOIN US FOR A VERY SPECIAL CLE EVENT: Trade Secret Protection – Using Technology to Safeguard Your Most Valuable Assets When? Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Where? The Columbia Club, Capehart / Riley / Steel Room, 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN, 46204 5:00PM: Gathering, Networking, Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres 5:30-6:30PM: CLE Presentation, Q&A ATTENDEES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ONE GENERAL CLE …Read More

Join us for a very special CLE presentation on Trade Secret Protection

CONSIDER THE STATISTICS Trade secret theft is at an all-time high. Businesses of all sizes face serious risks to their bottom line, competitive position, and even survival. Lawyers face an increasingly complex landscape when it comes to counseling their clients on trade secret protection in our digital world. Up to $480 billion in business losses were attributed to trade secret misappropriation last year 50% of employees that left their jobs in …Read More

School’s Failure to Preserve Snapchat Messages Can Result in Potential Spoliation Claim

Was School Counselor Deliberately Indifferent? BACKGROUND SCENARIO After weeks of receiving mean and threatening Snapchat messages from fellow students, a seventh-grader (we’ll call her Maggie) finally went to her school counselor for help. Maggie showed her counselor some of the messages on her iPhone and the counselor agreed to “look into it”. In addition, the counselor took photos of several of the bullying text messages from Maggie’s phone with her …Read More

Snapchat Selfies Show a Distracted Driver at the Time of His Fatal Car Crash

Think Snapchat photos disappear immediately? Not necessarily. A TRAGIC STORY FROM AN ACTUAL 4DISCOVERY CASE STUDY A young driver cruising down the highway apparently did not see a truck backing out of a driveway onto the roadway in front of him. The driver (we’ll call him Tom) violently collided with the truck and was killed instantly. Why didn’t Tom see the truck? Naturally, litigation ensues and a multi-million dollar payment …Read More

Join Us for a Very Special Webcast – Ransomware & Cyber Crime: Is Your Business Prepared for an Attack?

Join 4Discovery, Bellas & Wachowski, and Gasperini Insurance Agency, Inc. for a LIVE WEBCAST as they address the important and growing business risks of cyber crime and ransomware. RANSOMWARE AND CYBER CRIME: IS YOUR BUSINESS PREPARED FOR AN ATTACK? WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017, 12PM-1PM ATTENDEES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ONE CLE CREDIT! CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! RANSOMWARE CONTINUES TO PERSIST AS A SIGNIFICANT BUSINESS RISK AND THE STAKES ARE …Read More

Shocking Survey Reveals Only 31% of Organizations are Prepared for a Trade Secret Misappropriation

Baker McKenzie Survey Exposes Board-Level Risks that Companies are NOT Prepared For[1] The scenario Your client’s IT Director tells his boss that he has observed suspicious behavior on the company’s network. It seems a senior software code designer for the high-speed securities trading company is downloading massive volumes of proprietary trading software code and copying it to a CD burner. Not good. The employee has recently complained about the strategic …Read More

Five Things NOT to do if Infected by Ransomware

Lazarus, Crysis/Dharma, and WannaCry. There were an estimated 638 million ransomware events in 2016, and these attacks are becoming more sophisticated frequent, and effective. Ransomware payments topped $1 billion last year. If ransomware can effectively shut down one of the world’s largest law firms for three days, is any organization safe? We are frequently retained to perform Incident Response digital forensics in ransomware matters, and unfortunately, we often discover that the victim …Read More

Mobile Phone Metadata Proves Insurance Claim for $32K Rolex was Fraud

An inconvenient truth: Photo of “stolen” Rolex was taken 8 days after the alleged theft   The background One of our recent mobile phone forensics cases illustrates how photo metadata can be an important source of evidence in a wide-array of matters, including insurance fraud cases. The fraudster (let’s call him “Jim”) filed a claim with his insurance company, alleging that his $32K Rolex was stolen from him when he …Read More