Advanced Technology Forum
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.
CASE EXAMPLE: GUILT BY GPS TRACKING
“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/