Panel: Hacker Court 2007: The Case of a Thousand Truths presented at BlackHatDC 2007

by Jennifer Granick, Kevin Bankston, Richard Thieme, Simple Nomad, Carole Fennelly, Brian Martin, Jesse Kornblum, Richard P. Salgado, Paul Ohm, Caitlin Klein, Ryan Bulat, Jon Klein, Merlin Arduini,

Summary : Expertise in computer forensic technology means nothing if that expertise cant be conveyed convincingly to a jury. Presenting technical evidence in a courtroom is a far cry from presenting a technical paper at Black Hat. Sure, a computer professional may understand the importance of full headers in tracing email origins, but a jury has no clue. The real challenge in the field of computer forensics is translating complicated technical evidence in terms your typical grandmother would understand.
This particular case involves a person who is unlucky enough to have his name on the TSA's terrorism watch list and gets his laptop seized and searched at the border when coming home from abroad. As it turns out, he's not a terrorist and there are no contraband images on his computer, but the forensics expert does discover MMORPG cheat toolstools which the suspect has used to build a large and growing kingdom in a popular MMORPG as the notorious "Crimson Knight". He is charged with a CFAA violation (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act).
This presentation will enact a courtroom environment, complete with judge, attorneys, and witnesses to demonstrate key issues in computer crime cases. While we strive to make case arguments and legal issues as accurate as possible, some liberties are taken to streamline the presentation and keep it entertaining.