In the Chelyabinsk company F-LAB, cyber fraudsters are identified using a special science – forensics. Translated from English, this means “forensics”. It involves the use of scientific methods of solving crimes with the study of objects or substances found in their place. In Russia, the term “forensics” refers to computer forensics.
Such experts investigate the computer tricks of swindlers, identify their role in the crime being investigated. To do this, they examine information on an electronic medium and draw conclusions about the involvement in the violation of the law or the innocence of the suspect.
According to the F-LAB company, its forensics department carries out a full cycle of work to study information from the moment a specialist visits the place of its collection to the issuance of a report. Customers who have already used F-LAB services note the benefits of such cooperation. For example, an employee of one of the companies forged the signatures and seals of the head. In court, she tried to prove that she had nothing to do with fakes. An expert from the F-LAB cybersecurity center gave advice on the possibility of falsifying a document using computer image editing programs. According to him, a document with a seal and signature can be forged by almost anyone familiar with office programs such as Paint. The results of the technical consultation were presented as arguments in the litigation and allowed the customer to win the case.
In addition, F-LAB specialists help clients prove in court that they do not use “pirated” programs, evaluate the quality of the supplied computer equipment, and much more.
Today, in the South Urals, as elsewhere in the world, the number of cybercrimes is growing. One of the reasons is the widespread introduction of modern software, which is used in various fields. These are electronic reporting, procurement sites, search and information systems, various databases, the State Services website, electronic payments and others. Often, due to cyber-surprises of fraudsters, someone’s personal data disappears, network hacks occur, money evaporates from the current account, and a resigned employee can take out all the company’s design documentation on a flash drive.
Forensics specialists who investigate such cyber incidents will help to identify fraudsters. The experience of the F-LAB company shows that the growth of their number is not only due to the craze for IT technologies, but also due to the low culture of users of Forensic IT, the so-called “human factor”. To reduce risk factors, it is necessary to conduct training of personnel, including in basic knowledge of computer security. F-LAB has developed a training that simulates malicious email distribution. Phishing emails are sent to employees, and they are invited to enter the corporate portal to change their passwords. At the same time, a page similar in style is developed, to which the employee goes. But, as such checks have shown, only less than 30% of employees enter a security password the first time.