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Mobile Phone Porting Fraud: The Risk Goes Far Beyond Consumers

Businesses are increasingly targeted by phone porting scams Much has been written and reported about the risk of mobile phone “Porting” and related financial scams against consumers.  A 90 year old grandfather, for example, recently had his identity stolen by a fraudulent caller that advised the old man that she was conducting a “phone interview.”  When the grandfather gladly offered his personal information over the phone to the scammer, the …Read More

Heroin Possession Conviction is Tossed When Police Fail to Show “Texting” was Probable Cause for the Traffic Stop

Forensics on Phone Proves Defendant was not Texting The United States 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of Gregorio Paniagua-Garcia in a possession of heroin with intent to distribute case when the police were unable to prove Paniagua was texting, which had been cited by police as the probable cause for the traffic stop. Deputy Dwight Simmons of the Putnam County Sheriff’s office pulled over Paniagua when …Read More

Are Tom Brady’s Text Messages Recoverable?

New England Patriots QB Accused of Destroying Potentially Damning Text Messages Well, I can not resist.  Prepared to just let this story go away, I watched the online debates about just how “recoverable” Brady’s text messages are…and how the NFL apparently believes when one destroys a phone the text messages are destroyed as well.  Now I will somewhat reluctantly add our voice to the “Deflate Gate” conversation.  I hope this …Read More

4Discovery and CES Selected to Conduct Homeland Security Training

State of Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and CRA Selects Team Consisting of Experts from 4Discovery and CES In today’s world, the critical evidence required to investigate criminal or terrorist activity is increasingly found on laptops, tablets, smart phones, and social media.  Given that, when the State of Vermont with contractor CRA, selected a team to train a group of their Homeland Security officers recently, they turned …Read More

BYOD: The #1 eDiscovery Challenge for Inside Counsel

Jeffrey Hartman Partner, 4Discovery @Jeff4Discovery   Survey of inside counsel at Fortune 1,000 companies highlights growing BYOD fears The Scenario You are the general counsel of an investment firm, and have recently learned that your company has been accused of trade secret misappropriation by a competing firm.  It seems that the 9 traders your company has recently recruited from a competitor may have brought client lists and other trade secrets …Read More

Think Social Media eDiscovery is A Waste of Time? Ask the Guy with the Fish!

Photos from Social Media & Websites Play Prominent Role in Ex-Cops, Firefighter’s Disability Fraud Case in New York [1] In our business we often witness people engaged in the most stupid, repulsive, and often illegal activity.  Rarely has this fact been more dramatically illustrated than in the example of the recently exposed fraud related to a number of social security disability claims in New York. The Background Who will ever …Read More

The Six Most Relevant Recent Mobile eDiscovery Cases

Important Mobile Device Cases 1.  Regas Cristou vs. Beatport.  (ESI on Mobile Devices is Covered by Litigation Holds) Court ruled that ESI stored on mobile devices is subject to Litigation Holds just like any other ESI.  CEO of Beatport was sanctioned for “losing” his mobile device during litigation when he was ordered (under a lit hold) to  protect all ESI. 2.  EEOC vs. Honey Baked Ham.  (Mobile Phone ESI is …Read More

Zimmerman Case IT Director Fired: Considering using your “IT Guy” as a Computer Forensics Expert? Watch this video first!

George Zimmerman Special Prosecutor Fires IT Chief Who Raised Discovery Concerns By Jeffrey Hartman Let’s be fair.  Most IT people are competent and qualified.  Some are exceptional.  Our 4Discovery team has the opportunity to work with these capable folks on a nearly daily basis in the course of our engagements.  Most IT professionals are not, however, Computer Forensics Experts.  They just have not had the training or access to the …Read More

It’s 2012, Do You Know Where Your Mobile Devices Are?

Smart Phones Can Leave Behind an Indisputable Digital Trail They are Ubiquitous Think about it…we are with our laptops or computers for 6 or 7 hours per day, but we are with our mobile devices nearly 24 hours per day.  Everywhere we look we see people pecking away at their smart phone keypads.  It is becoming clear that Electronically Stored Information (ESI) from these devices can be a goldmine for …Read More