Online Data Forensics Now Available, All is Not Lost

All this talk about data security, privacy, malware, encryption, online threats, and whatnot must have a person wondering where it all ends. As of late, it ended once your privacy was violated and once your data was gone. This potentially meant there were no real methods of recovery, but what you could do was start figuring out ways to block the security hole that all your precious data/information is siphoning out of and erect walls to protect yourself from future threats.

Don’t Fret, Figure out What’s Happened

And in the meanwhile, you would be crying over spoiled milk. Or stolen and pilfered milk to be more accurate. But the latest data retrieval solutions are hoping to mop up the mess in your cyber kitchen. The new concept is being touted as a “virtual lost and found”, something that security experts like Dan Clements feel will be something many companies who have been victims of computer monitoring software like keylogger apps (and hence data theft) will flock to. This slightly brilliantly and mostly bold attempt is being launched with the name of CloudeyeZ (initially launched back in September 2011) as a solution for companies who have been hacked.

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In an interesting statement, Clements describes what they do as ‘Virtual bounty hunters’. Very aptly put if we are to consider the internet and all the information commodities on it as valuable resources to be continuously safeguarded. In California, CloudeyeZ has already spread its service and works with global computer security consultants to figure out who is responsible and where the data is going.

Corporate Data Finders?

This could be the much needed solution for companies and individuals who needs to have their stolen credit card and bank accounts traced. Unlike CSI and other television investigators, the online Sherlocks use collaboration to track down culprits. The way it works is pretty simple too. It requires no private or confidential data sharing and thus ensures safety on all sides on part of the clients. For example, say a bank feels that they have been hacked. A sample data piece of stolen information is what CloudeyeZ uses to find the trail such as a bank’s identification number for credit or debit cards.

Once it is found, it is reported back to the bank and what happens next is pretty much up to the bank and authorities -if they’re required and willing to get involved. The problem with authorities and law enforcement when it comes to cyber- crime is well known by all by now. It’s really the desperate measure that desperate times call for, simply reason being that neither is the stolen data ever correctly identified and nor are the guilty ever really persecuted of their computer monitoring crimes.

Something is Better than Nothing

It is one thing to identify data and it’s another to actually catch and punish cyber criminals, especially since there network grids have them spread out all over the world, outside of U.S jurisdiction. So what is the use of this bounty hunter then? Well it saves you the hassle, for one, of trying to contact authorities that may very well not help you. So instead, CloudeyeZ is your private investigator and gives you the scoop on the situation and allows companies time to figure out their next step. May not be the ultimate solution for anything but the concept does hold merit for future progress in data retrieval solutions.

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