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Computer Evidence: Collection and Preservation, Second Edition by Christopher L. T. Brown

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Networking Concepts

In years past, computer forensics investigators often seized a single standalone computer, processed the disk evidence, and wrote a report detailing any artifacts of evidentiary value found on disks. The majority of the investigative challenges in these cases were found in the actual disk analysis phase. In many of these situations, the only networking technology in use was a dial-up Internet service provider (ISP).

Today most any computer seized involves a network environment of some type. Even home computer seizures can involve complex local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), virtual private networks (VPNs), wireless local area networks (WLANs), and even personal area network (PANs) using Bluetooth technologies. ...

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