R -v- CF – DDoS Attack on the FBI, Home Office, Paypal and Mastercard – Birmingham Crown Court
Athena Forensics were instructed by the Solicitors acting for an individual who had been charged under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and was alleged to have been involved in a conspiracy to carry out denial of service attacks on the FBI, Home Office, Mastercard and Paypal.
The evidence was examined and a keylogger log was identified for malicious software that had been installed onto the computer without the knowledge of the user and that it had recorded the text typed into the computer at the point that the DDoS attacks took place.
Operation Carbon – UK Largest Firearms Investigation – Liverpool Crown Court
Athena Forensics were instructed by the Solicitors acting for one of the co-Defendants who were alleged to have conspired to import large numbers of firearms into the UK.
An Athena Forensics mobile phone forensic expert conducted a review of the mobile phone evidence produced by the Prosecution and provided evidence at Court during the Trial at Liverpool Crown Court.
R -v- SW – VAT Fraud Investigation – Inner London Crown Court
Athena Forensics were instructed by the Solicitors acting for an individual who had been jointly charged with Fraud and was alleged to have concealed the true extent of goods imported into the UK, thereby evading the payment of VAT on those imports.
The Defendant was a Director of the company and a signatory to many important categories of documents, including VAT returns to HMRC.
The Defendant denied the allegations and claimed to be unaware of the activities that were alleged.
An examination of the company server was conducted by an Athena Forensic computer forensic expert and that examination resulted in the identification of email communication between 2 co-Directors of the company. Those emails included evidence to suggest that they had copied the Defendant’s signature from a document and then used that copy to be placed on various company documents, including financial records to HMRC. This evidence was then accepted by the Prosecution.
After three weeks of Prosecution evidence during a jury Trial, the Defendant was acquitted before the Defence opened their case, based upon the findings of the evidence produced within the Athena Forensics computer forensic examination report.
Data Theft – Confidential and Client Information
An investigation was requested by an International recruitment agency to conduct an examination of a senior employee who had left the company and was suspected of taking confidential customer information to a competitor.
The company suspected that the employee had forwarded contact client information and confidential data to his personal e-mail address shortly before his departure.
An examination of the computer revealed that prior to deleting his e-mails, contact and client information had been sent to his personal e-mail account as well as an individual within his new company.
From the evidence provided by Athena’s investigators proceedings were taken against the previous employee.
Employment Dispute – Unfair Dismissal
The case involved an employment tribunal of an employee of a British based manufacturer who claimed that they had been unfairly dismissed.
The case centered on whether an e-mail had been sent by the employee to his manager. An examination of the computer failed to identify the presence of the e-mail using standard techniques.
However, using specialist forensic techniques, Athena investigators were able to identify the partially deleted e-mail within an area of the hard drive that is not normally accessible.
The evidence was provided and a settlement was then made between both parties.
Probate – Deletion of Documents
An investigation was requested of a company laptop computer by a UK based design company for evidence to indicate the deletion of a file that contained the will of its deceased Managing Director.
The investigation recovered a relevant word document that had been deleted following the parties death.
R -v- WA – Harassment
The Defendant was accused of the harassment of an ex-partner on a number of occasions via the Internet over a 5 month period. Athena Forensics provided evidence that caused the charges to be reduced to activity over a 1 month period. The Prosecution eventually offered no evidence at Court on the date in which the Trial was due to commence at the Court of Appeal.
R -v- DO – Harrow Crown Court
Athena Forensics were instructed to conduct an examination of various computers and mobile phones by the Solicitors acting for a Defendant who was involved in a Trial and facing allegations of rape.
An Athena Forensics digital forensic expert conducted an examination of all of the devices for evidence of communication between the parties as well as evidence to support his Defence.
Various communication was identified on his and the Complainant’s phones as well as supportive evidence of activity on the computer.
The Defendant was found not guilty after trial by Jury of all of the charges.
R -v- DM – Swansea Crown Court
The Defendant was accused of making and possessing unlawful images that were identified by Police on two home computers.
An expert from Athena identified that the images had been automatically stored to the hard drive when nudist websites had been browsed.
The Police then instructed an independent expert who supported their original findings and also identified further supportive material.
The case proceeded to Trial at Crown Court and the Prosecution offered no evidence after 3 days into the Court hearing.
R -v- MT – Preston Crown Court
The Defendant was accused of making and possessing unlawful images that were identified by Police on his home computer.
An expert from Athena examined the origins of the images and identified that they had been created as the user browsed the Internet.
During the browsing activity a number of items of malicious software had also been encountered. A review of these items by Athena experts revealed that they were likely to have caused the creation of the images.
The Police examiner agreed with this and the Prosecution case was dropped.
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