Digital evidence is
|“||[i]nformation stored or transmitted in binary form that may be introduced and relied on in court.||”|
Digital evidence —
- Is latent, like fingerprints or DNA evidence.
- Crosses jurisdictional borders quickly and easily.
- Is easily altered, damaged, or destroyed.
- Can be time sensitive.
Digital evidence is fragile and can easily be lost. For example:
- It can change with usage.
- It can be maliciously and deliberately destroyed or altered.
- It can be altered due to improper handling and storage.
Digital evidence of specific cybercrimes
The following is a list of crimes which may involve the use of a computer or other electronic media. Listed below are the crimes and potential evidence which may be recovered from various types of digital evidence.
- Best Practices for Seizing Electronic Evidence
- Digital Evidence in the Courtroom: A Guide for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors
- Electronic evidence
- Electronic Evidence Compliance: A Guide for Internet Service Providers
- Good Practice Guide for Computer-Based Electronic Evidence
- Searching and Seizing Computers and Obtaining Electronic Evidence in Criminal Investigations