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HIGH-TECH CRIMES REVEALED: CYBERWAR STORIES FROM THE DIGITAL FRONT by Steven Branigan

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The First Meeting

As soon as I arrived, I was informed that there was going to be a conference call to discuss the investigation. This call would consist of approximately twenty people, from investigators to senior managers of the company. I was shocked! This goes against one of my cardinal rules for investigations, which is to keep the number of people involved in an active investigation as low as possible.

Rule #1:

Active investigations should be kept secret, because the last person who should find out about the investigation is the suspect. It just works better that way!

We were violating Rule #1, and we had a problem. Too many people were scheduled to be on this call, and it would not be simple to “encourage” people to drop off. After all, ...

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