Investigating Internet Crimes

1st Edition

An Introduction to Solving Crimes in Cyberspace

Authors: Todd Shipley Art Bowker
Paperback ISBN: 9780124078178
eBook ISBN: 9780124079298
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 19th November 2013
Page Count: 496
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Written by experts on the frontlines, Investigating Internet Crimes provides seasoned and new investigators with the background and tools they need to investigate crime occurring in the online world. This invaluable guide provides step-by-step instructions for investigating Internet crimes, including locating, interpreting, understanding, collecting, and documenting online electronic evidence to benefit investigations.

Cybercrime is the fastest growing area of crime as more criminals seek to exploit the speed, convenience and anonymity that the Internet provides to commit a diverse range of criminal activities. Today's online crime includes attacks against computer data and systems, identity theft, distribution of child pornography, penetration of online financial services, using social networks to commit crimes, and the deployment of viruses, botnets, and email scams such as phishing. Symantec's 2012 Norton Cybercrime Report stated that the world spent an estimated $110 billion to combat cybercrime, an average of nearly $200 per victim.

Law enforcement agencies and corporate security officers around the world with the responsibility for enforcing, investigating and prosecuting cybercrime are overwhelmed, not only by the sheer number of crimes being committed but by a lack of adequate training material. This book provides that fundamental knowledge, including how to properly collect and document online evidence, trace IP addresses, and work undercover.

Key Features

  • Provides step-by-step instructions on how to investigate crimes online
  • Covers how new software tools can assist in online investigations
  • Discusses how to track down, interpret, and understand online electronic evidence to benefit investigations
  • Details guidelines for collecting and documenting online evidence that can be presented in court


Digital investigators, law enforcement personnel, private investigators, DoD, intelligence agencies and attorneys

Table of Contents




The target audience

About the Authors

About the Technical Editor


Chapter 1. Introduction to Internet Crime

Defining Internet crime

Internet crime’s prevalence

CSI 2010/2011 Computer Crime and Security Survey

Norton™ Cybercrime Report 2011

HTCIA 2011 Report on Cybercrime Investigation

McAfee® Threats Reports

2012 Data Breach Investigations Report

Internet Crime Compliant Center

Internet harassment

Traditional crimes and the Internet

Investigative responses to Internet crime

Why investigate Internet crime?

What is needed to respond to Internet crime?

Continuing investigative problems


Further reading

Chapter 2. Internet Criminals

Cybercrime profiling


Further reading

Chapter 3. How the Internet Works

A short history of the Internet

The importance of IP addresses

DNS records

Internet Protocol Version 6

The World Wide Web

Uniform resource locators

Domain name registration

Other services on the Internet

Relevant RFCs


Further reading

Chapter 4. Collecting Legally Defensible Online Evidence

Defining evidence



Further reading

Chapter 5. Documenting Online Evidence

Process for documenting online ESI

Tools/techniques for documenting Internet evidence

Collecting entire websites

Authenticating the collected evidence

Validation of online evidence collection tools


Collection from Apple Macintosh

Organizing your online ESI

The investigative report


Further reading

Chapter 6. Using Online Investigat


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About the Author

Todd Shipley

Todd G. Shipley is a retired Detective Sergeant with over 30 years of law enforcement and civilian experience performing and teaching Internet and digital forensic investigations, speaking internationally, has authored books and articles in the field and holds the Patent for Online Evidence Collection.

Affiliations and Expertise

Todd G. Shipley, retired Detective Sergeant with over 30 years of law enforcement and civilian experience performing and teaching Internet and digital forensic investigations.

Art Bowker

Art Bowker (@Computerpo) has over 28 years experience in law enforcement and corrections. His first book, The Cybercrime Handbook for Community Corrections: Managing Risk in the 21st Century, describes the process of supervising cyber-offenders. Bowker cowrote his second book, Investigating Internet Crimes, 1st Edition: An Introduction to Solving Crimes in Cyberspace, with Todd Shipley. His second book provides step-by-step instructions for investigating Internet crimes, including locating, interpreting, understanding, collecting, and documenting online electronic evidence to benefit investigations. Besides his two books he has written numerous law enforcement and corrections articles published by Perspectives, an American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) publication , Federal Probation, and the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. On January 14, 2013, Bowker was awarded the APPA Sam Houston State University Award, for work in promoting awareness and knowledge of cybercrime and tools to combat such crimes in the field of community corrections. On November 22, 2013, he was recognized by the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association (FPPOA) with their top honor, the Richard F. Doyle Award, for having made the most significant achievement in, or contribution to, the Federal Probation & Pretrial Services System or the broader field of corrections. Additionally, Bowker received the Thomas E. Gahl, Line Officer of the Year Award (Great Lakes Region Award), which is named in honor of the only U.S. Probation Officer killed in the line of duty. Both awards centered on his contributions and efforts in managing cybercrime risk.

Affiliations and Expertise

Art Bowker, an award winning author, has over 27 years experience in law enforcement/corrections and is recognized as an expert in managing cyber-risk in offender populations.


"Both authors and technical editor Nick Selby have decades of law enforcement and real-world experience, so the book is authoritative and practical. For those needing a guide to get them up to speed on the topic, Investigating Internet Crimes is a great place to start."--Security Management, Investigating Internet Crimes

"...a basic book for the beginner in cybercrime investigation, and it is well written, with many references...a good textbook and can be used as a reference."--Journal of Forensic Sciences, November 2014

"This book is written by two authors with extensive, real-world experience in the field, and it shows. Anyone who has felt the need to trace the origins of an attack – police officer, network specialist or individual – will find this an invaluable manual."--Network Security ,January 1 2014