* Mobile Forensics World

May 1, 2008

Cook County prosecutor to speak at cyberforensics conference

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Chicago-area prosecutor will be one of the keynote speakers at the inaugural Mobile Forensics World conference May 8-10 in Chicago, sponsored by Purdue University.

Kathleen Muldoon, an assistant state's attorney for Cook County, Ill., State's Attorney's Office sex crimes division, will talk at 9:15 a.m. May 10 at the O'Hare Marriott.

She will discuss the importance of the work and training of mobile forensics examiners to criminal investigations and prosecution. She also will talk about how the private sector impacts what law enforcement does in investigations and will share examples of cases.

The conference, sponsored by Purdue's Cyber Forensics Lab, housed in the Department of Computer and Information Technology in the College of Technology, and the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (known as CERIAS), will bring together experts from around the world who specialize in digital device investigation.

Muldoon has been a prosecutor with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office for more than 14 years and has prosecuted thousands of cases, ranging from traffic offenses and misdemeanors to murders and other felonies. She has worked in the child advocacy and protection unit of the sex crimes division since 2002, where she prosecutes Internet-related cases as well as other sexual abuse cases in the Chicago area.

Muldoon has been the commander of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for Cook County since its inception in 2004. This federally funded task force focuses on the investigation and prosecution of Internet-related crimes against children, provides training and equipment to members of the task force, and offers presentations to the community on Internet safety. In 2007, she was selected as a special assistant U.S. attorney to prosecute Internet crimes against children in the northern district of Illinois.

In addition, Muldoon provides training for prosecutors and law enforcement locally and throughout the country. She speaks and presents frequently to agencies such as the Chicago Police Department, the National White Collar Crime Center, the FBI Computer Analysis Response Team Program and the Chicago Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory. She provides the legal portion of the classes involving the collection of digital evidence and the investigation of sexual abuse of minors. She is an active participant in the FBI Computer Analysis Response Team Program Moot Court program.

Mobile Forensics World is open to federal, state and local forensic specialists; corporate and private forensic examiners; industry leaders; and academic researchers, said Rick Mislan, an assistant professor of computer and information technology in Purdue's College of Technology and the conference director.

Topics will include the forensic examination of mobile or portable devices such as cell phones, personal digital assistants, SmartPhones and GPS devices; media card and handset analysis; cell site analysis; call data record analysis; mobile forensics research; and current and future technologies and applications.

For detailed information about the conference agenda, visit

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998,

Source: Rick Mislan, (765) 494-2563,,

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