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CSI: Walmart

Some of the best digital-forensics labs don't belong to the police—they're run by banks, tech companies, and retailers.
Source: Jim Urquhart / Reuters

A highly secured digital-forensics laboratory sits tucked inside an enormous complex of low, boxy buildings in Bentonville, Arkansas. To get in, analysts have to scan their hands and enter a unique password. Inside, they comb through video-surveillance records and spirit data out of devices that have seen better days, like a hard drive that had been crushed with a hammer and dropped from a third-story window.

Despite the sensitive nature of their jobs, these investigators

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