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Issue 9, November 2011

Advanced Technology Forum

Sherlock Holmes

Digital Forensics

a talk by Timothy Leschke

Timothy Leschke will present Digital Forensics and Allied Technologies on November 22, 2011, 7:30 pm, at Loyola's Timonium Graduate Center. Mr. Leschke is a DoD and FBI certified digital forensics examiner at ManTech International, and he is also pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science. He will speak about the collection and analysis of digital evidence and how allied technologies such as GPS (Global Positioning System) come into play. He will present case studies such as that of George Ford.

“In 2007, George Ford was accused of intentionally running over 12-year old Shyanne Somers, who he was supposed to drive home after she baby-sat for his family.  Ford claimed it was an accident that occurred around mid-night and there were no witnesses to prove him wrong.  However, a GPS device that his wife had placed in his car showed that he was lying about his journey on the night in question.  The location of Ford’s car could be reconstructed in detail and revealed that he had actually taken the victim to a house for several hours until around 3 AM before driving to the location where her body was found.  Based on this digital evidence, Ford was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life (Grace, 2009).”

The paragraph above is from the digital forensics book by Eoghan Casey, based on data reported by Mr. Leschke. Evidence was presented to the jury in the form of a visualization of the GPS data. The combination of GPS technology, digital forensics techniques to recover data from a computer, and presentation by visualization resulted in the conviction. Mr. Leschke will describe the technologies and techniques.

Join us for this fascinating talk, complete with light refreshments. The public is welcome, and there is no charge.

Photo: Sherlock Holmes outside Baker Street underground station by Greg Wake, http://www.flickr.com/photos/gregwake/


In This Issue


Monday, November 14, 2011
Registration begins for Spring term

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Advanced Technology Forum:
Digital Forensics
Timonium Graduate Center

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Virtual Information Session

Monday, December 21, 2011
Web and mail registration for Spring term end.
Contact Margaret Daley to register after this. *

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Spring Term begins

March 5-11
Spring Break

* Under-subscribed courses may be cancelled at this point, so students are encouraged to sign up early!

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