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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

Junior Forensic Investigator – Chicago

4Discovery is looking to add an individual to our digital forensic and incident response team in Chicago. Our ideal candidate for this position will have a basic understanding of digital forensic principles, incident response methodologies, and best practices. Knowledge of digital forensic lab practices, procedures, and evidence handling is a plus. Experience with industry digital forensic and investigative tools such as EnCase, X-Ways, FTK, Cellebrite, F-Response, and open source tools …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

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

How Secure is the Data on Your Mobile Phone?

CBS Chicago News Reporter Dorothy Tucker Interviews 4Discovery’s Jared Sikorski to Find Out   A Startling Scenario You come home from a late night dinner to discover that your home has been burglarized. Fortunately, the police have arrested the suspects after observing them driving erratically with your wide-screen television in their back seat. A lucky break. While interrogating the criminals, police learn that the bad guys entered your home through your …Read More

Cyberbullying Tragedy: A School District’s Obligations for Capturing Digital Evidence

A Case Study A young student has had enough. After months of relentless and cruel cyberbullying and internet harassment, the girl, in a moment of despondency and depression, ends her life. In the unthinkably sad aftermath, parents, teachers, and loved ones wonder what could have been done to prevent this senseless nightmare. Teachers and middle school administrators are accused, in a lawsuit filed by the dead girl’s parents, of missing …Read More

Social Media and E-Discovery CLE Offering

Schedule Your Next CLE Event With 4Discovery! Bringing electronic discovery knowledge to you… Looking for a convenient way to complete your mandatory CLE requirements? Would you like to achieve CLE credits in the convenience of your office? Concerned about compliance with rapidly changing electronic discovery technology? 4Discovery provides on-site CLE programs in the convenience of your law firm’s conference room… Who?  Any attorneys handling cases in which social media content …Read More

Hillary Clinton’s eMail Drama: Tips From the Trenches

I am in the digital forensics business.  That means that when something related to eMail or computer evidence is in the news, my friends and family ask me questions, like:  “are Tom Brady’s destroyed “DeflateGate” text messages recoverable?”, and “could you recover data from the submerged mobile phones from missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 if it was ever recovered?”  So, I get used to these questions.  It’s kind of fun. …Read More

An Executive Resigns: Misconduct Suspected, Employer Cannot Access Evidence on His Mobile Phone

“Sorry…You Are Locked Out of Your Own Data” Well, it happened again today.  We had to call a client and advise them that it will be nearly impossible, or at least very expensive to perform a forensic exam of one of their smart phones after the user of the phone, a key executive suspected of misconduct, abruptly resigned.  Why?  Because the device, a newer Apple iPhone, was password protected and …Read More