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Local IT group grapples with fraud attempt PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Mark V. Tuazon   
Thursday, 23 September 2010 00:00

Computerworld Philippines

A local group of IT professionals recently came face-to-face with one of the most notorious cybercrimes of today, as a malicious individual constructed a fake website bearing the group’s name, asking around for membership renewal fees.

PCS (Philippine Computer Society) executives reported recently that a cybercriminal has been going around member schools of their academic arm, the JPCS (Junior PCS), asking for fees to renew their school’s membership.

A JPCS member reportedly identified the attempt, which was carried out through a fake JPCS website, asking them to deposit the renewal fee to a certain bank account.

“We have already filed a complaint at the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) at Camp Crame, and witnesses have already given their statements,” shared Armand Hernandez, CISO at Netnode Technologies, Inc., and a member of PCS, during the group’s monthly membership meeting for September.

Hernandez said the case is currently under investigation by the proper authorities.

“This is our industry. Hindi tayo papayag na gawin [sa atin] ‘yan (We won’t let them do that to us),” Hernandez stressed.

Computer Forensics

PCS’s latest brush with cybercrime highlights the underrated field in IT called Computer Forensics.

Computer Forensics, Hernandez said, is the methodical series of techniques for gathering evidence from computing equipment and other digital media, which can be presented in court.

Hernandez works as a partner in CCHA (Casino Celis Hernandez & Associates), a risk management company and one of very few firms focusing on computer forensics in the Philippines.

The IT expert said firms may not see the apparent benefits of computer forensics, but it plays a vital role in identifying evidence of cybercrime in a very short period of time, helping estimate and minimize the potential impact of the crime.

Hernandez said certified experts are mostly the ones who carry out the task of gathering evidence for a crime, but a host of procedures and tools are available at anyone’s disposal.

In Windows, for example, a series of native processes and applications can be used to check minute details about the system not normally seen by the average user.

Hernandez cited the PSLoggedOn Tool, which can be executed in the command line to see which users are currently logged on to the system; NetStat, which shows all the active connections to the PC; and ListDLL, which shows DLL files being accessed on the computer.

Following careful steps in gathering evidence and ensuring the integrity of the data gathered, Hernandez said any company grappling with a case of cybercrime can effectively make their case in court through the use of computer forensics.



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