75% of businesses will eventually be the target of a cyber crime. Business and corporations of all sizes are targets of vulnerability scripts that gain access to their websites, unsecure databases, emails, and even financial information including bank accounts and credit cards. Others are the targets of defamation attacks. The motives of cyber criminals range from mere pranks to sabotage and monetary gain. Many victims of such crimes will invest months of effort looking for a lawyer or law enforcement agency to help. Often, these people give up in frustration. Because of the breadth of our experience and the depth of our expertise, CIS has been able to help in many such cases.
Major types of internet investigations
Search for the hidden identity of a malicious party
There is nothing more emotionally taxing than experiencing stalking and harassment, which can lead to ruin in your business, employment, finances, relationships, or reputation. Without the right expertise, an amateur investigation can prove quite costly—yet ineffective. And, quite simply, the police don’t have spare resources or proper training to investigate such cases.
Online defamation is any type of libel or slander that harms the reputation of a person, business, or entity. This can take various forms, including a defamatory/hate website, publications, malicious blogging, comments, or videos that serve to disparage or defame. Strictly, defamation does include anything that has been published negligently.
Pursuing an attacker for Internet defamation requires unmasking a person’s identity. Along with help from experts such as CIS, you can accomplish this in a number of ways—including cyber investigation, forensic exams, and subpoenas.
Consulting with a good cyber investigator is a proven, cost-effective method of identifying malicious actors on the Internet. They can successfully obtain the IP addresses of unknown publishers and posters, which can then be used to issue subpoenas to one or more ISPs to obtain subscriber information.
Monitor activities such as illegal sale of products
The number one best practice for effectively combating unauthorized sellers on Amazon and eBay is to manage a precise, consistent, and timely campaign of legal notice delivery. The manufacturer must develop and maintain a solid reputation of zero tolerance and swift remedy for those who engage in unauthorized sales.
We have over five years of intensive experience in dealing with unauthorized sellers on Amazon and eBay. Our proprietary databases contain information that guide us in forming an accurate profile of these sellers. Our expert staff has extensive knowledge, advanced training, and the best tools to perform covert product purchases and identify unauthorized sellers of your products. We also have specialized software that greatly simplifies the process of efficient delivery of legal notices.
Due diligence on companies and individuals
A due-diligence investigation is often a pre-transaction or pre-employment research project that seeks to uncover details of all relationships to a particular entity: a company’s management, finances, performance, mission, history, aims, suppliers, clients, industry and any other details that may affect how a company does business. In the case of an individual, the aim is to reveal personal and familial relationships, employment history, and criminal or driving records. Due diligence investigation is usually vital prior to a merger or acquisition because it seeks to uncover and hidden liabilities or exposures. Often, such investigations give peace of mind that there will be no unpleasant future surprises.
These are the primary tools that we employ:
- Custom monitoring software to extract information from levels much deeper than is possible by human searchers
- Custom databases available only to law enforcement or private investigators.
- We work in conjunction with attorneys to issue subpoenas that will force the extraction technical information—such as IP addresses, and other unique identifiers.
We maintain state-of-the-art investigative software tools and subscribe to proprietary databases that are only available to law enforcement professionals and private investigators. Our investigators are the most efficient in identifying interrelationships between people, their relatives, associates, businesses, assets, and location. The have the expertise to connect the dots and solve the majority of their cases.