In the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks detailing NSA bulk data collection techniques, warrant-less wiretaps, and other Orwellian-like practices, many people feel as though the tools the US federal government are utilizing in these endeavors are some advanced out-of-reach form of technology. While there is no private sector alternative to wiretaps, many people are not aware of the fact that the same databases that they hear about government agencies such as the National Security Agency using, are the databases that have been used by skilled private investigators for years.
From the beginning, Rick Gurley and his private investigation agency have been sought after by people wanting to get into the private investigation business. And Rick has always been receptive to training investigators how to get into the business, how to set up a private investigation agency, and even how to successfully conduct private investigations. [Read more…]
In November of 2011 RMRI LLC’s Rick Gurley teamed up with Pursuit Magazine to produce and promote a YouTube Video titled “Basic Use of Maltego for Network Intelligence Gathering”. 4 years and 72,000 views later, investigators are still using the screencast to improve their Cyber Investigation skills.
The private investigator answers the phone, it is a regular attorney client. The attorney says that he was just retained by a client who claims that the local police beat him up for no reason. The private investigator asks two key questions, where and when? The attorney explains that is was within the past 30 days and it was at a convenience store. The private investigator knows the store and knows that it has video cameras, the private investigator also knows that he will be having to deal with digital evidence in this case. The private investigator knows that what he does from this point forward will be critical to this case. He knows that part of this case will involve a cyber-investigation. The private investigator also knows how to respond. [Read more…]
Back in the last part of 2011 RMRI, LLC. was called upon to review a case in Camdenton, MO. The case involved a young man who had three illegal files on his computer. The state of Missouri Family Services Division has what is known as a “Stat Team”; this is the team of Investigators that conduct technical investigations for the Division of Family Services. The “Stat Team” conducts Computer Forensics Examinations in cases where they might have a complaint of sexual abuse in the family home. If the “Stat Team” finds illegal content on the computer that the Investigator is examining the Investigator that did the examination can refer this case for prosecution. [Read more…]