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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

4Discovery Sponsors Midwest Cyber Security Alliance Ransomware Program

As a show of support for one of the Midwest’s leading information security industry groups, 4Discovery LLC has announced their sponsorship of the May meeting of the Midwest Cyber Security Alliance. This month’s topic: “Are you Prepared for a Ransomware or Business Email Compromise Attack?”  The Midwest Cyber Security Alliance (MCSA), founded by Jennifer Rathburn, a Data Security & Privacy Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP in Milwaukee, exists to help industry practitioners …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

Business Development Consultant

We’re hiring a Business Development Consultant…  (Digital Forensics and eDiscovery) 4Discovery is an elite digital forensics consulting firm located in the West Loop of Chicago. We are an established small and growing company, with an excellent reputation – operating within a dynamic and rapidly growing industry. We’re looking to add a business development professional to our team to help us grow our business.  Here’s the right person… We are looking …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

Chicago-Based Digital Forensics Firm 4Discovery Sponsors 2016 CISO of the Year Program

As a show of support for one of the information security industry’s most important leadership initiatives, 4Discovery LLC has announced their sponsorship of the 2016 CISO of the Year Program. In its fourth year, the CISO of the Year Award has been established to publicly recognize top senior information security leaders who hold an increasingly important role in the corporate and social leadership environments for the companies they represent.  The …Read More

Chicago-Based Digital Forensics Firm 4Discovery Lands Additional Incident Response Talent

Elite Computer Forensics Consulting Shop Adds Aby Thomas to their Growing Staff In a move to bolster their position as a premier computer forensics firm, and further develop their growing Incident Response business, 4Discovery LLC has announced the hiring of a well-regarded industry veteran, Aby Thomas.  Thomas joins 4Discovery from Dell Secureworks, where he was a Senior Security Advisor in Dell’s Incident Response Unit. “The Incident Response market is exploding,” …Read More

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