A year or so ago I was walking past the Chief’s office and he hailed me in. He was having some trouble with his computer, and I successfully assisted in turning it on (I only knew how to do this cause I saw my kid do it once). Ever since then he has operated under the assumption that I am a computer wiz. I fake it by calling my 17 year old son from work and asking him what to do.
I guess I’ve fooled enough people that they sent me to EnCase® Computer Forensics School; this is the system that lets us crack hard drives and recover deleted files. The two weeks of class came close to melting my brain, during which the instructors from EnCase® made me feel very stupid for not learning their program faster, and not being a smart enough computer guy.
So now, one of my side jobs is to take computers seized pursuant to a forgery, fraud or child porn case and see what is on them. This sounds easy, but whenever I turn the EnCase® lab computer on, I feel like I’m trying to fly the space shuttle with about 5 minutes of flight school. I know that I need a bit more training (about 7 years should do it) to use it right; but I still muddle on.
All of that prep to tell you I got a letter from EnCase® today; it warned that a hacker got into the EnCase® corporate computer and stole all their files.
For some inexplicable reason, I feel less stupid now.