In my past 10 years of profession as a digital forensic investigator, it was first time that I handled a personal case. The case involved one of my close friends and his sister who happened to be the victim of sexual coercion. It was her boyfriend with whom she spent most of her time, took photographs, shared them on social media and had a good relationship. It was later found that he along with his friends, sexually assaulted her, took pictures without her consent and spread them online.
To attain concrete evidence against the accused and his four friends as; intending to insult the modesty of a woman, intrusion into the privacy of a woman through cyber space.
The primary motive of the crime, concluded to be 'intrusion into the privacy of a woman through cyber space'.
He was in need of an expert in cybercrime investigation having deep knowledge of email forensics. I carried out the following actions in order to proceed further with the investigation process.
The challenges that I have faced during this investigation process was that
The documentation phase was very simple since I was dealing with a private case for my friend. Even though it was a personal case as part of professional forensic investigation, I documented the case evidence both; before and after investigation process, to support my investigation in the court of law.
MailXaminer: It is the only one tool that I have used throughout the investigation stages of this case. It is a multipurpose email forensic analysis tool with excellent features to carve out evidences from the bulk of emails. The Skin Tone Analysis feature of MailXaminer enabled me to sort out the emails with images shared by the suspects without the consent of the victim. This feature enabled me to sort out the emails with photographic images as attachments.
Various stages that I have carried during this investigation process includes
The law that supports the case was registered under IPC Section 509- Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman.
I could complete the investigation for my friend within a short time limit.
Remarks by Client: “The investigation carried out by the cybercrime investigator was outstanding. The suspected was proven guilty and charged for the claimed crimes in a time efficient manner.”
Remark by Investigator: “This case had many hurdles but, with the help of MailXaminer & an email forensics software and the help extended my friend I was able to investigate the case in a well-executed manner within a short duration of time.›