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.
The first thing that the private investigator must do is to deliver a key document, known as a “Notice to Preserve Evidence,” to the store. The private investigator does this and gets the video footage of the incident before even the local police do and this private investigator also knows how to insure that this video evidence will be admissible in court. As a result of this, after a criminal case and the filing of a civil case; the victim of this unfortunate incident is given a settlement by the city. This is a prime example of how the knowledge of cyber investigations allowed one private investigator to best serve his client! The victim’s name in this case was David Riley and the private investigator’s name was Rick Gurley. In 2010 this scenario played out publicly in Columbia, MO.
In these days and times almost everything around is digital. Our movements are being tracked. Our habits are known. We live in a digital age of information. We are on video over 50% of the time we are in public. We communicate on cellular phones that track our movements, habits, patterns, and even how much money we spend. Companies pay for our shopping habits. We no longer use typewriters, we use computers to produce documents. Companies pay for geo-location data on us. There are volumes of information that is archived about us in a large number of databases. That is why knowledge of cyber investigations is necessary for the modern private investigator. In these days and times digital evidence in criminal and civil cases is usually just as abundant as physical evidence, and in many cases even more so.
From detecting fraud to gathering evidence of hidden assets, from cheating spouse cases to murder investigations, cyber investigations are playing more and more of a role in uncovering evidence. Jared Fogle the Subway Restaurant Spokesman is an excellent case in point. If Jared or his attorney were to hire a private investigator to assist him in his case, that private investigator could only be of assistance to him with a very sound knowledge of cyber investigations. These types of cases are coming up more and more, and they all require specialized knowledge of cyber investigations.
Cyber Investigations are about knowing where the data constituting evidence can be found, how to access it, and how to handle it in such a way that it retains its value as evidence. This can be a daunting task, as there are so many different types of digital evidence that is accumulated, processed and stored about us daily. Needless to say, the collection of such data can be labor and time intensive, and even the slightest missteps can taint the data, rendering it useless for most purposes. That is why there is definitely a difference between investigators that use this term as a buzz word to attract clients and experienced investigators that have been working with this type of evidence to the benefit of their clients for many years.
RMRI, LLC. has been conducting cyber investigations for over 20 years. We have been working with digital information from the very beginning of computerized information platforms. In 1995 Rick Gurley conducted his first email trace to locate a bail bond fugitive named David Nichols is Salisbury, Maryland. Since then Gurley has conducted numerous cyber investigations and formed RMRI, LLC., a PI firm comprised of some of the most talented cyber investigation specialists in the private sector. From penetration testers and security experts, to digital forensics experts and highly-skilled white hat hackers, RMRI, LLC. has a network of unparalleled professionals to service our clients. If you find your self in need of trained cyber investigators, go with the pro. Hire RMRI, LLC.!