Wireless Networks & Volatile Data

Volatile data is data that requires power to maintain its existence. If power is removed from a device, the volatile data is erased and gone forever. As an on-scene investigator, it’s likely that you are often faced with processing live crime scenes that contain an abundance of digital evidence. Traditional digital evidence collection methods may result in evidence being left at the crime scene or being inadvertently deleted from computers entirely.  Don’t let that happen to your case.

We can teach you how to conduct pre-raid electronic surveillance of a suspect location to identify wireless networks and access points. We’ll show you how to locate these networks and access points and how to recover volatile evidence commonly found on network devices (routers, switches, and hubs) as well as the volatile evidence running on active systems.

Additional Resources



ISP List
SEARCH Investigative Toolbar
High-Tech Crime Publications

Questions About Wireless Networks and Volatile Data
High-Tech Crime Publications

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