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Army deploys PC forensics technology in Iraq

Equipment and techniques normally associated with resolving business disputes have made their way into post-war Iraq, where the army is using it to find evidence of war crimes. The British Army has revealed that it is using PC forensics technology in Iraq to search through recovered electronic media to investigate illegal activities undertaken by the previous regime. The British Army’s Land Information Assurance Group (LIAG) — a specialist TA unit that provides IT services — has been deployed in Iraq since the end of the war in order to analyse abandoned and partially destroyed electronic media. The unit is responsible for recovering hidden or erased files and emails from all types of electronic storage media in order to build a catalogue of evidence that can stand up in court. “Any evidence gained has to be legally admissible, and we knew that computer forensic techniques were far more thorough than other methods of data analysis,” said the LIAG’s Major John Pringle in a statement. Full Story

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