Investigations News & Resources

  • Social Media Investigations, Part 1: Down the Rabbit Hole

    Exploring how the multitude of social media services and rapid changes in digital evidence impact many types of investigations.Yes, that's a ferret. Investigators: You may not have a “spirit animal” or know much about rodentology, but the best investigators I know are experts at “ferreting out” needed information. As it happens, the analogy to this lithe, highly intelligent carnivorous mini-weasel is particularly apt when it comes to professional digital forensics and to ensuring the capture, ongoing collection, and presentation of relevant in-depth social network data. In part one of this series, we’ll be looking at how we may be neglecting to retrieve (or lacking the best tools to retrieve) crucial nuggets that could make a real difference in the case at hand. (continued…)

  • Social Media Investigations, Part 2: Peeling Back the Layers

    Going deeper into social media investigations: Exploring recent case law and defining some best practices for collecting, authenticating, and preserving social media evidence in civil and criminal cases.socmed When it comes to sleuthing social sites, getting a screenshot of a Facebook post doesn’t cut it. In some cases, you may need to establish relevance before you investigate a site, and you’ll need more than just a person’s posts—you’ll need the underlying metadata. Eli explores recent case law and defines some best practices for collecting, authenticating, and preserving social media evidence in civil and criminal cases. (continued…)

  • For Portland Investigator, Patience and Perseverance are Keys to Making the Case

    Private investigator Eli Rosenblatt, CFE, knows that some cases are more difficult than others.Eli Rosenblatt Investigations In some of the most confounding investigations, “you’re so often digging for information that’s just not there, and waiting for some nugget to be revealed,” he said. Yet staying the course and piecing together as much information as possible is only part of the challenge. Rosenblatt discusses the importance of authenticating his findings and shares some advice for investigators on the job. (continued…)

  • Want to be a successful investigator? Learn to say “no.” Stop micromanaging. Don’t pin your hopes on specific outcomes.

    Over the years that I’ve been a professional investigator, I’ve had plenty of people in the business give me advice about how to run my practice or how to be a better investigator and forensic examiner. But some of the most useful advice didn’t come from folks in the business….
    Prepared for vs. Used at Trial No, some of the most useful advice I’ve gotten came in the form of lessons from industry outsiders, lessons about the dangers of overcommitting and of being attached to particular outcomes. (continued…)

  • Fraud is in the Air: The Promise & Threat of BYOD, Cloud, and Rapidly Developing Technologies

    Articles, videos, and deeper reads to accompany this presentation for the Oregon Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

  • Examining the Myth: The PI vs. The Movies – Eli discusses the PI mythology with Voice of America host Francie Koehler

    Who is this mythical PI creature advanced through books, movies, and television?…
    PIs DeclassifiedOn Voice of America’s PIs Declassified, we explore the PI mythology: “Is he the guy lurking behind a tree with his binoculars? Does he drink to excess or drive a red Ferrari? Can you identify him from his Hawaiian shirt? Who is this PI in real life? Tune it to hear all of these questions and more answered by Oregon Private Investigator Eli Rosenblatt.” (listen here…)

  • How We (Sometimes) Roll: Low-Tech Investigative Tools in a High-Tech Practice

    We investigators sometimes straddle the old and new worlds, mixing classic gumshoe style with crazy-modern processing power…
    Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 5.38.24 PM Anyone who knows me and my investigation and consulting practice is aware that I often rely on some of the most highly evolved technological services, software solutions, and extra-fancy gizmos available on the planet. Being a Mac & iOS Certified Forensic Examiner, a Social Media Intelligence Analyst, and an Apple Certified Support Professional, I spend a lot of my time in front of some form of über-fast, flat, glowing glass rectangle. Yet there are plenty of times when all that modern wizardry isn’t worth the anodized aluminum holding it together. (continued…)

  • Why Paper is Still King: Transitioning to the Paperless Office

    In a world going paperless, investigators face challenges with agencies fumbling through (or not even near) the costly and time-consuming process of digitization.
    Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 5.33.47 PM A presentation I went to last year outlined the various aspects of extensive public records searches that investigators take on. This got me to thinking about the countless sources of these types of records and the incredible mountain of paper they represent. A recent case I worked was a great case in point. When I came on, one of the first tasks was creating a detailed inventory of more than 58 bankers boxes packed full of jumbled paper files collected and generated by prior attorneys and investigators. (continued…)

  • Clipboard Managers: Ferreting Out a User’s Clipboard History

    For The Apple Examiner, Eli looks closely at clipboard managers as a source for digital forensic examiners to pursue for valuable evidence. Includes detailed table for forensic examiners and analysts.Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 5.51.49 PM When Apple developed Automator with their Tiger OS release in 2006, their tag line for the powerful new scripting-for-the-masses tool was “Doing things over and over is over.” Since that time the number and variety of Mac (and now iOS) tools designed to assist users in shortcutting a variety of tasks has ballooned into nearly every portion of the interface. (continued…)

  • 30 Rules to Live by in Your Investigation Practice

    Putting a personal code of conduct in writing can help keep professional investigators sane, efficient, and ethically sound. Here’s mine: 1. When you think you are reaching the end of the available background information, keep digging. There’s more. There’s always more. 2. No matter how many times you have run a background investigation, done a workplace interview, or prepared trial exhibits, it always helps to refer back to a thorough checklist… (continued…)

  • Curated links on social media & social media investigations

    At by Eli Rosenblatt, CFE CFI MiCFE SMFI CCDI