Caught in a Net…

Jeff Michael Fischbach Forensic TechnologistFischbach was born and raised in Southern California. His experience has evolved from juvenile hacking to computer programing, to forensics — which came entirely by accident. He stumbled into forensics in 1996, when he was asked to assist a Los Angeles law firm that believed they were in the process of being hacked.

They weren’t. Instead, he discovered that the perpetrator exploited a flaw in the Internet (that still exists today) to concoct an elaborate hoax aimed at extorting the firm, and it’s name-brand global consumer electronics manufacturing client, out of $1,000,000. The evidence he found was turned over to the FBI, and subsequently gained national media attention. Since then, he has consulted with attorneys, judges, and law enforcement on matters as diverse as fraud, counterfeit, and intellectual property theft, to rape, murder, kidnapping, and espionage.

He examines just about anything capable of producing, receiving and/or storing binary data — especially when that data can be used to help reconstruct a series of events. That includes computers, cellphones, surveillance systems, entertainment devices, and even kitchen appliances.

He has been granted National Security access for the purposes of reviewing sensitive materials for trial. And has worked directly with judges in the capacity of a “special master”.

In the last 16 years he has not only examined cases for trials in nearly every state in the union, but also abroad. Fischbach has testified in state, federal and military courts.

Outside the courtroom, he appears frequently on National Public Radio, TV, and in print media, and speaks publicly to audiences by the hundreds, several times a year.

Most recently, one of his radio interviews was cited in a U.S. Supreme Court Decision. In contrast with the very serious cases that usually consume most of his time, Fischbach also consults regularly with best-selling authors and screen-writers. He even once helped a State Supreme Court judge, who was writing his own crime novel.