The article considers scientific views on terminology in the field of forensics and forensic examination for the investigation of cybercrime, as well as taking into account the specific use of information and telecommunication technologies in forensics, the validity of the term’s use “digital traces” is substantiated.
The author’s definition of the concept of digital traces that are formed during the commission of cybercrimes is proposed. Its specific signs and properties are presented and analyzed as well. The necessity of using special knowledge and appropriate expert equipment to search for, detect and record digital tracks has been noted. It is emphasized the importance of the speed of detection and investigation of digital traces in the process of investigating cybercrimes. The necessity of developing the concept of digital tracks, research of new, different from traditional methods, methods and means of their detection, fixation, analysis and preservation is substantiated.
Key words: digital traces, cybercrime, information and telecommunication technologies, special knowledge, forensic examination.