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Computer Forensics: Computer Crime Scene Investigation (With CD-ROM) (Networking Series) Paperback – June 15, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1584500186 ISBN-10: 1584500182 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Networking Series
  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Media; 1st edition (June 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584500182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584500186
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,849,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The mightiest fortresses in the world can fail, and when that happens all you can do (you being the person responsible for castle security) is figure out what went wrong, what damage was done, and by whom. If the castle was located in the right kind of kingdom--to take a metaphor too far--you can hope to prosecute the perpetrator. Computer Forensics: Computer Crime Scene Investigation explains how to gather evidence of computer crimes in such a way that it will be more likely to lead to a conviction in a criminal court. It's an interesting legal area--after all, it's almost always you, and not any law enforcement agency doing the surveillance and evidence-gathering on your computer systems--and John Vacca has done a fair bit of research. This book will probably expand your thinking on the subject of information security.

On the other hand, though Vacca gives good general advice (don't lose volatile information by shutting a compromised machine down midattack; do be prepared to translate memory dumps into jury-readable form), he sometimes meanders into generalizations and irrelevancies. The fact that terrorists distribute their plans via public Web sites is certainly scary, but hardly helpful to someone wanting to prosecute the guy who vandalized the corporate Web site. Similarly interesting, but practically irrelevant to most of us, are discussions of high-energy radio frequency (HERF) and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons that can knock out information systems from a distance. More focus on evidence collection in organizational computing environments would make this book useful, rather than just generally informative. --David Wall

Topics covered: How to gather evidence of a hack attack after the fact, and a lot of general-interest information on the state of crime and law enforcement in computer technology. Coverage is almost all general in nature, dealing with how to formulate a strategy and deal with events without getting into details of any operating system or computing environment.

From the Publisher

KEY FEATURES - Comprehensive overview of the subject from definitions to data recovery techniques to auditing methods and services - Discusses data seizure and analysis, preservation of computer evidence, reconstruction of events and information warfare - Case studies and vignettes of actual computer crimes are used - CD includes demos of the latest computer forensics and auditing software

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Customer Reviews

It's an excellent introduction, a bit short on the technical details.
John Matlock
If you're interested in cyber crime and how cyber criminals are caught, "Computer Forensics" by John Vacca is the book for you.
S. Kowanick
This book is a must-read for anyone involved in, or thinking of geting involved in, forensic work.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Smith on July 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
The first 250 or so pages provide a decent (at best) high-level description of Computer Forensics, but the next 300 pages have little to do with computer crime investigations. It seems as if this book should really be two books: the first book would provide a good overview of computer forensics for those who are not very technical, and the second book (larger book) would be on Information Warfare. If you are looking for a decent book on forensic computing, with a lot of technical meat, this is NOT your book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "shanahan_" on July 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
When I started this book I figured it would be on forensic analysis, data recovery and court presentation. The subject matter, however, tends to be more in tune with scare tactics, information warfare and a review of the author's previous work. The cd of "forensic software" doesn't match the content either. Several of the packages on the cd are interesting, useful and even well known, however the book doesn't go into detail regarding their use. In my opinion, I would recommend the book by Heiser and Kruse as a better choice for those looking for a complete book on the subject of computer forensics.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By stingray VINE VOICE on January 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was real excited when I saw this book that looked like the bible of computer forensics and it came with a DVD. The cost of 50 dollars made it expensive but with DVD that I hope would have video that I can watch.

THe book is okay in giving a general idea of computer forensics. It was not very specific in what to do. It has an interactive part in which it give you general answer too not very thorough.

Then, it goes on a tangent about warfare and cyber terrorism. It leaves the forensics behind. And the book goes over 700 pages.

The DVd is intro to some fornesics software, I was hoping it had video

to show people like me that are visual and can learn more this way.

So, the book is okay but I would check others that are more specific and give more thorough details about computer forensics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neil Marsh on October 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
Vacca appears to have edited rather than written this, and none too well at that. Some chapters use British spelling and some US, some talk of Pounds Sterling and others Dollars. (For each of the five star reviews, examine that writer's other reviews see if you detect a pattern emerging.)

Having said that, the book does present a fairly decent overview of computer forensics for those who want general information about it, and had it been advertised as such I'd have graded it higher. It offers little or nothing, however, to the practitioner or serious student.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jcrocks on August 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
This second edition gives the reader a comprehensive overview of computer forensics from information security issues to data recovery techniques. It helps you to understand auditing methods from terrorist cyber-attacks. The second addition includes Evidence Identification and Checklist forms, hands-on projects, exercises, and case studies for each chapter. The CD included with the book has tools, presentations, and demos of the latest computer forensics software. If you look through the selected topics you will find the way to protect the software that you use the most in your transactions. This includes: Computer Forensics Fundamentals; Data Recovery; Evidence Collection and Data Seizure; Computer Image Verification; Duplication and Preservation of Digital Evidence; Electronic Evidence Reconstructing Past Events; Deterrence through Attacker ID; Destruction of e-mail; Networks; Protection against Random Terrorist Information Warfare Tactics; The Cyber Foot Print and Criminal Tracking; The Individual Exposed; Advanced Encryption & Hacking; Case Studies and Vignettes; Evidence Checklists and Forms. The cost of this book is a small price to pay for this current knowledge and protection to your data and information.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
this is NOT a hands on tech book. it has a lot of procedure that is important for insuring the intergity of information that is gathered but i was expecting the "meat" of the subject.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Wilfrid Veldkamp on July 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
Computer Forensics: Computer Crime Scene Investigation (With CD-ROM)by John R. Vacca.
This book is a real disappointment. It is pedantic, has low technical content, 90% palaver, and lots of anecdotal stories of little practical use. Amazon should be ashamed of recommending it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jack Stone on October 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
My first question is, does the author know what the title of his own book is? I ask this because I was very disappointed with this work since the title simply does not match the content. The initial chapters do capture some essence of forensic investigation, but there is very little technical detail. It is mostly a "how to" guide for investigative teams in that it offers advice as how to organize, plan, and manage investigations--without getting into the specifics of how to do so. This book may be best for those with no understanding of the subject--like people who know almost nothing about computers.

A third of the way into the book, the author starts talking about cyberwarfare, information warfare, and attacks by hackers and terrorists without making any connection whatsoever to computer forensics and crime scene investigation. The information given is so broad with such little specific, useful examples it appears to be an effort to cover everything which ends up covering nothing.

Also, I did not like how the author pontificated about terrorism/counterterrorism policy issues where he is obviously out of his league as when issuing such sophmoric statements that terroists are increasingly focused on urban areas because cities are important. I thought it was because the world is increasingly urbanized with the majority of the global population-which is the terrorists' audience-now living in cities. Guess I was wrong. Finally, the author makes political statements in this work about U.S. political parties and representatives making certain decisions about missile defense strategy. Again, he is clearly out of his league and these examples only underline how far he has strayed off the title of the book--computer forensics and crime scene investigations.
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