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Scene of the Cybercrime: Computer Forensics Handbook [Paperback]

Debra Littlejohn Shinder
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12 Aug 2002
"Cybercrime and cyber-terrorism represent a serious challenge to society as a whole." - Hans Christian Kruger, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe. Crime has been with us as long as laws have existed, and modern technology has given us a new type of criminal activity: cybercrime. Computer and network related crime is a problem that spans the globe, and unites those in two disparate fields: law enforcement and information technology. This book will help both IT pros and law enforcement specialists understand both their own roles and those of the other, and show why that understanding and an organized, cooperative effort is necessary to win the fight against this new type of crime. 62 per cent of US companies reported computer-related security breaches resulting in damages of $124 million dollars. This data is an indication of the massive need for Cybercrime training within the IT and law enforcement communities. This is the only book that covers Cybercrime from forensic investigation through prosecution. Cybercrime is one of the battlefields in the war against terror.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress Media,U.S. (12 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931836655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931836654
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.7 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,795,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Debra Littlejohn Shinder is a former police sergeant and police academy instructor, turned IT professional. She and her husband, Dr. Thomas W. Shinder, have provided network consulting services to businesses and municipalities, conducted training at colleges and technical training centers, and spoken at seminars around the country. Deb specializes in networking and security, and she and Tom have written numerous books, including the best selling ConfiguringISA Server 2000. Deb is the author of over 100 articles for print publications and electronic magazines such as TechProGuild, CNET, 8Wire, and Deb is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Police CrisisNegotiations and the advisory board of the Eastfield College Criminal Justice Training Center.

Other Books by Debra Littlejohn Shinder:
Configuring ISA Server 2000: Building Firewalls for Windows 2000, ISBN 1-928994-29-6. Syngress Publishing, 2001, $49.95.
Troubleshooting Windows 2000 TCP/IP, ISBN 1-928994-11-3. Syngress Publishing, 2000, $49.94.
Computer Networking Essentials, ISBN 1-587130-38-6. Cisco Press, 2001, $49.95.
MCSE Windows 2000 Accelerated Study Guide, ISBN 0-072125-00-4. Osborne/McGraw Hill, 2000, $59.99.
MCSE Windows 2000 Professional Study Guide, ISBN 0072123893. Osborne/McGraw Hill, 2000, $49.99.
MCSE Windows 2000 Server Study Guide, ISBN 0-072123-86-9. Osborne/McGraw Hill, 2000, $49.99.
MCSE Windows 2000 Network Administration Study Guide, ISBN 0-072123-83-4. Osborne/McGraw Hill, 2000, $49.99.
MCSE Windows 2000 Directory Services Administration Study Guide, ISBN 0-072123-80-X. Osborne/McGraw Hill,2000, $49.99.
MCSE Designing a Windows 2000 Network Study Guide, ISBN0-072124-94-6. Osborne/McGraw Hill, 2000, $49.99.
MCSE Designing a Windows 2000 Directory Service Study Guide, ISBN 0-072125-03-9. Osborne/McGraw Hill, 2000, $49.99.
MCSE Designing Security for a Windows 2000 NetworkStudy Guide, ISBN 0-072124-97-0.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource for both guru and novice 29 Sep 2003
This book is concisely written and perfectly tackles the tricky subject of IT Security on both technical and legal groundings. The author's careful approach to structure makes its information accessible to experts and beginners alike, making it a must-have for the bookshelves of all IT users. The book successfully addresses most aspects of what has become known as 'cyber crime', offering constructive advice to both the technical and the legal technicians. I would suggest this book should be read by all business users who are concerned about the threat posed to their companies by connection to the Internet, but more especially I would suggest that those people not concerned about IT Security should be forced to read it - THIS STUFF IS REAL. Cyber crime is a reality, it is here, and it could bring down your business and make you bankrupt in no more than a blink of an eye. Your identity could be stolen, your credit details sold or worse. I have been working in IT Security for years now, and I found this is the first good book to deal with every aspects of the field I work in. Praise, praise and more praise - well done to Debra Shinder.
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1.0 out of 5 stars <Yawn> Tell Me Something I Don't Already Know 7 Feb 2005
By Prattle On, Boyo - Published on
Littlejohn Shinder writes a fairly topical analyses of various facets of cybercrime -including several- what can only be described as Computers 101 sections but if you're a typical n00b then it will all seem like a glorious epiphany. In Ch 4 she gets a little on the didactic side where she attempts to debunk the various stereotypes and cliched mindsets associated with the hacking community but she falls far short of any real insight.

Don't bother reading this book if you have even a modicum of tech savvy - the writer won't be telling you anything that you don't already know or figured out for yourself hands on. BTW, most of the URLS provided as reference in this book are 404, which is only to be expected given its 2002 publication date, however I include the comment here in this review because if you're like me, then you like to check out the resources the writer used.

Lastly, by no stretch of the imagination should this title be considered a computer forensics book. The only audience that will consider said title as such are executive officers and marketing types who don't have a clue.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Neither Fish Nor Fowl 19 Oct 2004
By A. Student - Published on
This is a tough book to review as it tries to speak to two very different audiences -- corporate information security and law enforcement professionals.

The corporate information security professionals will find the technical details misleading and over simplified but will definitely benefit from the detailed discussions of proper process and procedure.

The author leverages her experience as a police officer and academy instructor to good effect in educating us on the viewpoint of the law enforcement community and the requirements we must meet in collecting and preserving admissible evidence.

My advice would be to VERY lightly skim the "technical" material on vulnerabilities, exploits and defenses while reserving detailed reading for the material dealing with process and procedures as well as the logistics for involving and interacting with law enforcement.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So very good on so many levels... 9 May 2004
By Thomas Duff - Published on
I'm currently in the middle of the book Scene Of The Cybercrime by Debra Littlejohn Shinder, but I decided to do a review right now. This is a really good book on a number of levels...
Most books on computer and network security are written for the techie trying to secure their assets from outside attack. Obviously, there's a huge need for that information. But it seems that there is virtually nothing written from the law enforcement perspective on computer security. That's a major problem in two ways... For one, there are too few law enforcement personnel that understand exactly what cybercrime is and how it can be detected, fought, and prosecuted. That's probably the audience that would benefit most from this book. Second, most technical personnel don't know what to do in order to successfully build a case and prosecute an attacker once an intrusion has occurred. That's the other audience that will gain the most from reading Shinder's work.
The book includes the following chapters: Facing the Cybercrime Problem Head On; Reviewing the History of Cybercrime; Understanding the People on the Scene; Understanding Computer Basics; Understanding Network Basics; Understanding Network Intrusions and Attacks; Understanding Cybercrime Prevention; Implementing System Security; Implementing Cybercrime Detection Techniques; Collecting and Preserving Digital Evidence; Building the Cybercrime Case
The hardcore network security administrator will probably already know most of the information in the "Understanding..." chapters. But unless they are adept or experienced in forensic analysis, the last three chapters will be crucial information for them. Without the knowledge of how to preserve evidence, there's a good chance that you'll never have the satisfaction of seeing your attacker prosecuted. Higher level managers of a corporate security department will find all of this information useful, as they may not be as hands-on as the administrators and may not understand what threats and risks are present in today's environment.
From the law enforcement perspective, it's all good. Fighting cybercrime is so different than regular law enforcement. This is the perfect volume to give the budding cybercop all the information they need to get up to speed with how crime is conducted electronically. I would recommend that this book be required reading for law enforcement and prosecution personnel.
The book is well written with plenty of real-life examples of criminal activities and legal scenarios. It's one of the most engrossing technical reads I've had in awhile. A definite recommended read...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mix of Technical Detail and Real-world application 21 Nov 2002
By Dave Ricarlo - Published on
Just got done reading "Scene of the Cybercrime" and as a manager of a large computer and networking security unit, I have to say this is problably the best book I've ever read about computer law and forensics. One of the big problems I have with our team is that we have a number of technicians who want to know what button to push in their copy of Encase, but have no idea what they're doing and why. We work in a technical and legal environment, and its almost impossible to find good references that address both the forensic and the legal implications of our work. This book did a fantastic job covering the technical details of how computer security works, and then took things to a level I've not seen in any other book I've reviewed for our team: a first-hand real life perspective of how law enforcement and the legal system works and how that affects our effectiveness as keepers of computer and network security. Other books I've read just said "we did this and that and he did or didn't go to jail". That doesn't help us create a case! The information in this book also would have have been nice to have, given that we actually were held accountable for errors we never would have made had I read this book before making them. I'd give this book 10 stars if I could, just for the money is would have saved our company had this book been available a year ago.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for the intended audience 21 Nov 2002
By Shawn Herron - Published on
This book is an ideal introduction for non-computer professionals to the burgeoning world of cybercrime. Computers are being used in crimes of all types, from child pornography to stalking to financial fraud, and law enforcement officers and agencies often need assistance in understanding the technical aspects of such crimes. This book will also be invaluable for other law enforcement professionals, such as prosecutors, who must assist juries in learning enough of the "technical" aspects of a crime to render a just verdict.
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