State Seize fee chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
- IT skilled Cecil Louwrens performed a digital forensics evaluation for Eskom with a view of checking the integrity of emails and paperwork.
- Louwrens referred to a suspension letter that was included within the Eskom bundle, saying that the metadata of those letters of suspension confirmed that former firm secretary Suzanne Daniels was the creator.
- This, nevertheless, wanted to be corroborated with different particulars within the metadata.
Issues took a technical flip on the Judicial Fee of Inquiry into State Seize chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Wednesday when the fee heard from info expertise skilled Cecil Louwrens of Quintessence Forensics.
In a quick look, Louwrens unpacked info together with emails and pc paperwork for the fee, paying specific consideration to paperwork cited in an proof bundle associated to energy utility, Eskom.
Louwrens performed a digital forensics evaluation for Eskom with a view of checking the integrity of emails and paperwork to make sure that paperwork and knowledge that was admitted as proof earlier than the fee was not tampered with.
Louwrens referred to a suspension letter that was included within the Eskom bundle, saying that whereas the metadata of those letters of suspension confirmed that former firm secretary Suzanne Daniels was the creator, this wanted to be corroborated with different particulars within the metadata.
Louwrens additionally identified that the paperwork in Daniels’ e-mail field had been created by Microsoft Phrase and never Phrase for Mac. Daniels instructed the fee that former Eskom board chair Ben Ngubane instructed her to draft the suspension letters.
“The paperwork I discovered on Ms Daniels mailbox weren’t created on the identical pc as this. Her paperwork are Microsoft Phrase for Home windows, not for [Apple Mac]. I can affirm that it was not created on the identical pc,” Louwrens mentioned.
Proof chief Advocate Pule Seleka requested: “The appliance [Mac] Phrase reveals that the doc was created [on] an Apple pc. Are we saying the doc in Ms Daniels pc mailbox didn’t have a doc made by an Apple pc?”
Louwrens mentioned the metadata reveals that the pc the place the letters had been drafted was registered with Eskom. He mentioned whereas Suzanne Daniels is proven as creator of the doc, it may have been picked up by way of the system by the person, however it can be simply edited and can’t be relied on alone.
“The creator of the doc can’t be modified by negligence, however it’s attainable to alter it with out understanding who the metadata initially said because the creator. Final modified info can be straightforward to alter, however it can’t be achieved instantly. You would need to go to a different display screen to alter that worth,” Louwrens mentioned.
The investigator mentioned it might assist the forensic evaluation alongside considerably if the fee may discover out if Eskom equipped staff with Apple computer systems. Louwrens says he may return in just a few weeks after he’s given entry to all the related info.