Digital Intelligence and Investigation History

DIID technologies and tools practices have provided previously unattainable results for multiple national and international cybercrime investigations. The DIID team assisted in the TJX case, an investigation of 11 people who were charged in August 2008 with the theft of more than 40 million credit and debit card numbers from T.J. Maxx, Marshall's, Barnes & Noble, OfficeMax, and other major retailers.

While providing analysis support to Federal Law Enforcement, the DIID team developed a new tool for recovering and organizing credit card numbers from digital evidence. U.S. Representatives John Murtha, Mike Doyle, and Jason Altmire recognized the team's efforts on TJX during a visit to Carnegie Mellon University in September 2008.

"Our primary work is research, but the application of it in real-world cases is what's really gratifying."

Rich Nolan, Team Leader

"A white paper is nice, but locking people up is better."

A former Drug Enforcement Administration agent

The DIID team also assisted in the Iceman case, where a former computer security consultant, Max Ray Butler (also known as the "Iceman"), was allegedly attacking computers at financial institutions and credit card processing centers, stealing account information, and selling the data to others. Knowing about the DIID team's expertise in cracking sophisticated techniques used by cybercriminals,  federal law enforcement requested the team's assistance in acquiring and decrypting the Iceman's data, thus providing critical evidence for the case.

DIID multiplies its effectiveness by training various federal, state, local and international law enforcement agencies in its tools and techniques. Contact us for more information about this level of training.

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DIID team members have published reports, case studies, and podcasts related to digital forensics work.