McCann Investigations Publishes Article On Utilizing Network Forensics to Verify Hack List

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The existence of data in the hacked list is just a starting point. Additional investigation should be done to prove that the person actually signed up for the service.

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Digital Forensics, Physical and Cyber Security

When someone's name appears in the Ashley Madison user list, there's no way to prove that it's legitimate.

McCann Investigations, a Texas based private investigations firm specializing in computer forensics and cyber security has published an article that focuses on utilizing network forensics to verify whether or not a name found on the AshleyMadison hack list is actually a true user. In the article, You’re In the AshleyMadison Database: Guilty Until Proven Innocent, techniques and methods are highlighted to assist in the verification of actual usage. Regardless of whether a name is on the list, there is no way to really verify the authenticity of the user information.

“When someone’s name appears in the Ashley Madison user list, there’s no way to prove that it is legitimate.” Says Daniel Weiss, Managing Partner of McCann Investigations. “The data was posted by hackers so data integrity cannot be verified therefore identity theft, malicious intent or blackmail attempts could be behind the appearance of some of the names.” Continued Weiss.

There is a more definitive way to determine whether someone was a user of the AshleyMadison service. The most reliable method would be to corroborate the leaked user database information by conducting a forensic examination of the computer or mobile device that may have accessed the service.

About McCann Investigations

McCann Investigations is a one-source solution for comprehensive case management. All McCann Private Investigators are licensed in the various states in which they serve and have extensive experience in the field. McCann Investigations was founded by Jack McCann over 25 years ago in New York, New York, and has provided private investigative services to law firms, public companies, private companies, government agencies and individuals.

McCann Investigations begins each case with an in depth client assessment of the project parameters and objectives. Based on these objectives, McCann Investigations will prepare a cost effective proposal that will meet the client’s goals and time schedule. McCann Investigations will provide detailed reporting based upon client’s objectives.

McCann Investigations is a fully licensed Private Investigations firm with offices in Texas (TX License C15690), New York (NY License 11000120404) and New Jersey (NJ License 5271).

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