Qaeda-linked terror suspect Najibullah Zazi left
a digital trail a mile wide for federal investigators to follow, but
stopping seems to have required too much luck and footwork.
Based on information that federal investigators have released to the public, it's clear that Zazi left a suspicious electronic footprint in a number of areas, including landlines, cell phones, his laptop computer and video footage of him buying bomb-making chemicals. It's all available to investigators and prosecutors because they know where to look for the data -- and they used enormous amounts of human intelligence to keep track of him and his whereabouts.
To read more, please see IT Lessons From Foiled Qaeda Terror Plot on my Digital Life blog at InformationWeek.