Traces of Guilt

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Corgi, 2005 - Computer crimes - 383 pages
Neil Barrett is one of the UK's leading experts on computer crime. An ex-hacker himself, he has been brought in to advise the police on a number of high profile cases, and as a security consultant has helped some of the world's largest companies protect themselves from high-tech attack. In TRACES OF GUILT he takes the reader into the dimly-lit world of the computer criminal and guides us through some of the high profile cases he has worked on - from Gary Glitter's conviction as a paedophile through cases of hacking and fraud to rape and, even, murder. Nearly every week the headlines of national newspapers shout allegations about the latest credit card fraud, internet paedophile, or major corporation whose computers have been hacked. But what people may not realise is that the nature of computer crime is changing. In the same way that all of us use computers increasingly in our business and personal lives, so too are criminals using computers, not just to commit high-tech offences, but to plan, research and co-ordinate a wide variety of crimes. The role computers play in crime, and in particular the detection and prosecution of crime has never as been as significant as it is today. In a gripping true-life detective story Neil Barrett guides us into a world where the seemingly innocuous computer screen can provide a window into the mind of even the most hardened criminal. It is a world where hackers pit their wits, man to man, with the police experts. It is the cutting edge of modern crime and a world where the digital detective is the latest and best weapon in the police arsenal.

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About the author (2005)

Neil Barrett studied mathematics and computer science at NottinghamUniversity, where he also completed a Ph.D. He became the UK's youngest lecturer following his appointment at YorkUniversity in 1985. He currently works as the Technical Director at IRM, where he is responsible for the development of security policies and contingency plans, penetration testing and forensic analysis. In addition, he has recently been appointed Professor of Computer Criminology at the Royal Military College of Science, CranfieldUniversity. He has appeared as an expert witness in a number of court cases, and has advised lawyers and police forces throughout the UK on computer crime.

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