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Electronic crimes and computer forensics topic of URI Forensic Science Series on Oct. 1

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 24, 2004 -- Detective John Killian of the Rhode Island State Police and Dan Dickerman of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division will speak on “electronic crimes and computer forensics” as part of the Forensic Science Seminar Series offered by the University of Rhode Island.

The discussion will take place on Friday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 124 of Pastore Hall on the Kingston campus. The lecture is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served prior to the start of the discussion.

Killian, who works for the Computer Crime Unit, has been pushing for legislation to subpoena information about Internet users without needing to obtain a warrant. In March, he testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee that internet criminals often change their Internet Protocol (IP) numbers quickly to prevent being traced, and that the time it takes to get a warrant impedes law enforcement’s ability to find the perpetrators. “The citizens of Rhode Island and the citizens of this country are increasingly being victimized,” he said in a March 2004 interview with The Providence Journal.

As a trained Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist, Dan Dickerman is an expert in digital evidence recovery, computer security, and intrusion investigations. As a former instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, he has trained hundreds of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers in computer forensics; and he has developed many forensic analysis procedures now commonly used by federal agencies. Currently, Dickerman, who is based in Warwick, is the technical adviser to the director of the IRS-CI Electronic Crimes Program in Washington, D.C.

The Forensic Science Seminar Series is a semester-long program offered by the University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Partnership. The series, which is in its fifth year, lasts through Dec. 10.