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Finding the evidence in computer crime

Date: September 18, 2007

Finding the evidence in computer crime cases starts getting a little easier for Lake County detectives next week.

American Hotel Registry in Vernon Hills will be donating a $5,000 supercomputer known as FRED-L to the cyber crime unit of the Lake County state's attorney's office.

FRED-L, for Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device-Laptop, is a device computer investigators use to discover what is inside another computer.

Assistant State's Attorney Patricia Fix said the machine can tap into a suspect computer and read the hard drive for an initial inspection, then make an exact duplicate of the hard drive for more detailed investigation.

The copy allows investigators to thoroughly search a hard drive for evidence without risking the destruction of anything needed for court.
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