P&P Law Firm is branching out into a digital forensic lab, a move to capitalise on the computer crime phenomenon and offer integrated legal and technical consulting services.
Mobile forensic kits like this one can intercept call history, phonebook, SMS and email data.
Touted as the country's first private operator, the 4-million-baht facility is designed to provide legal-related IT consulting services to handle cybercrime.
P&P, through its unit P333 Co, expects the lab to help ease the growing number of legal disputes involving computer-related cases, said Paiboon Amonpinyokeat, founder of P&P Law Firm.
The increasing number of internet users, coinciding with the growing popularity of social networking and surging mobile internet usage, have seen the number of legal cases grow, particularly among Facebook and Twitter members.
Some 80% of P&P's legal cases are computer-related, including violations of intellectual rights through social media.
By the firm's reckoning, the country's computer-related criminal cases surpassed conventional legal cases last year; legal actions remained low because of a lack of investigative experts.
Forensic software was also a barrier because of price, with some programmes costing more than 300,000 baht.
Based on figures from the Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL), hard drive forensic cases rose from 15,630 in 2009 to 57,067 in 2010. Flash drive casework rose from 2,800 cases to 3,300.
Forensic cases involving smartphones numbered 339 last year.
"Our service will provide an alternative to address business needs," Mr Paiboon said, adding that the company's staff had been certified by various digital forensic fields.
The company will initially focus on serving the private sector, as it doesn't have a particular operating unit to investigate and coordinate with state officials.
Mr Paiboon said computer forensics should become a global legal standard for verifying criminal actions and ensuring reliability of electronic evidence.
Reference : Bangkok Post
Computer Forensic, Internet Investigation and IT Consultant