Email is by far the most popular way to communicate, both in a private and in a business context.
In 2008, the average email traffic in the internet was around 210 billion messages per day. That is 8.7 billion (8,750,000,000) per hour, or 145.8 million (145,833,333) per minute or a vast 2.4 million (2,430,555) a second ! Now around 70% of these emails are advertising spam, malicious messages and carriers of viruses and other malware. In just four (4) years , in 2012 this number doubled to almost 420 billion messages per day.
Most companies use a mail client to handle their business email accounts. The most popular clients are Outlook and Outlook Express from Microsoft, Lotus Notes and Eudora. These clients save the message and all its associate details (and attachments) on a local computer with an option on leaving (or not) a copy on the mail server. However most people for their personal needs, use well established Web-based platforms, such as Hotmail, Yahoo, Lycos, GMail etc.
Strathclyde Forensics can help you recover deleted emails, investigate their origin, check them against reported fraud, and establish what kind of files were attached and sent out of your premises. We can also retrieve forgotten passwords (in most cases) and crack passwords of disloyal employees.
Our expertise allow us to convert email files from one format to another, so that the emails we recover can be readable in your preferred email client.
Transition between email clients:
One of the major problems when changing operating systems and email clients is transferring emails and their attachments (especially the ones that are not on the mail server any more) to the new platform. It makes sense that you would want the transfer to include custom folders, sorted emails, inbox settings, spam filter settings and address books.
Strathclyde Forensics can help you plan, backup and execute any email client transition for you business.
Emails offer a wealth of information to the forensic investigator, not usually known or visible to the average user. For example few people know that the sender's address can be faked, or that when you reply your message goes somewhere different then where you think it does.
Emails carry information in their headers (a part not visible to the user, but accessible to a forensic investigator) that can provide information about the path the message followed to reach you, where the original sender is physically situated and if there are aliases used to mask the real identity of the sender