To help digital forensic and incident response (DFIR) professionals take on any Apple case...
I’ve seen some email threads on a few listserv groups talking about developing a capability to...
We've heard this question a lot, haven't we? I attended a conference about 2 1/2 years ago, and the agenda for that conference had about half a dozen or more presentations that contained "APT" in their title. I attended several of them, and I have to say ... I walked out of some of them.
Dealing with insider threats, as in dealing with any threat to your network, requires a plan for incident response. An effective response includes forensics, and forensics and storage go hand in hand. With the window of time between a compromise and its discovery widening, the amount of storage needed to accommodate data is becoming greater.
auto_rip is a wrapper script for Harlan Carvey's RegRipper and the script has a few updates. The script's home has always been on the RegRipper Google Code site but Google dropped support for adding new downloads. As a result, I thought it might be helpful to make newer versions available at different places since Google Code can no longer be used.
CCL will be demonstrating the social media monitoring tool Signal at the UK’s first international social media law enforcement conference.
The new digital forensics program at the University at Albany is designed to educate and prepare students to work in a fast-growing, billion-dollar market with high, long-term projected demand for trained professionals.
Cybersecurity experts raise doubts whether the National Security Agency has successfully deployed an automated hack-back system known as MonsterMind, as revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in an interview with Wired.
Triaging a computer can be a methodology to avoid many issues inherent with “pulling the plug.” For instance, capturing the system volatile information can very quickly provide investigators valuable information.
I'm writing this post to voice a concern about trainings for incident response. I am painting this picture with a broad stroke. The picture does not apply to every $vendor nor does it apply to every training course.
Collecting data about people has become $1 trillion industry, but keeping this information safe is proving near impossible. So, a small group of entrepreneurs and developers are building new technologies that don't rely on data as a digital currency.
EnCase 7.10 expands on its visibility by unlocking self-encrypting drives and supporting OS X investigations with HFS+ Double Files, Quick Look Thumbnail Caches, and Keychain parsing. EnCase 7.10 simplifies analysis and reporting through a new Report Template Wizard. Not every investigation is a “dead box” investigation, and EnCase 7.10 has adapted to include EnCase Portable volatile data collection and triage capabilities at no additional cost.
It has now reached the point that it is no longer practical for an examiner to forensically analyze each and every piece of evidence. Depending upon the alleged crime, often the incriminating evidence can be found in an e-mail, a document, the browser history, an SMS, or some other source. This leads to the obvious conclusion that examiners are going to need a new approach to streamline their workflow.
Many digital investigators in law enforcement work for multiple teams and agencies. Keith Vincent is no exception. In his current role in the Economic Crimes Unit of the Chesterfield County Police Department, his title is Detective.
Federal law requires people and companies to report child exploitation when they see it. This includes Google, whose automated eyes tipped law enforcement about a Houston-area man whom the police say was using the company’s Gmail service to email pornographic images of a child.
City police in Surat, India, will soon have a dedicated group of cops to fight the menace of cyber crimes. The cops in the group would need to clear a certification examination to become eligible to carry out cyber crime-related investigation. Each police station in the city will have experts to investigate internet-related crimes.
Plists are Apple's way of retaining configuration information. They're scattered throughout OS X and iOS like acorns and come in 2 main types — XML and binary. Due to their scattered nature and the potential for containing juicy artefacts, monkey thought a script to read plists and extract their data into an SQLite database might prove useful.
Digital forensic science is not a matter of recovering a file that proves somebody’s guilt; it is about wading through hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of a wide variety of digital artifacts and making very pointed critical judgments about which provide some sort of inculpatory or exculpatory evidence relevant to the case.
I'm writing this review as someone who has used Volatility for some time, albeit not to it's fullest possible extent. I'm more of an incident responder, and not so much a malware reverse engineer; I tend to work with some really good malware RE folks and usually go to them for the deeper stuff.
Cookies are an essential part of the way the web works and occupy a pivotal position in the online privacy arms race. Organizations who want to track and profile people give them cookies and users who don't want to be tracked disable or delete them. But what if there was a cookie you couldn't delete, and what if the steps you took to guard your privacy made you easier to track?
SiQuest Corporation has added a feature to its Internet Examiner Toolkit (IXTK). With the current release of Version 4.0.1407.2503, IXTK now forensically recovers evidence of “watched YouTube videos” from the Unallocated Space and browser cache repositories of computer hard drives, and the YouTube website directly.
As I mentioned in my previous post on this topic, there were two other tests that I wanted to conduct with respect to file system operations and the effects an analyst might expect to observe within the MFT, and the USN change journal.
Realistically, Live RAM analysis has its limitations, lots of them. Many types of artifacts stored in the computer’s volatile memory are ephemeral. While information about running processes will not disappear until they are finished, remnants of recent chats, communications, and other user activities may be overwritten with other content any moment the operating system demands yet another memory block.
I recently conducted some testing of different actions on a Windows 7 system, with the specific purpose of identifying artifacts within the file system (in this case, the MFT and the USN change journal), particularly within individual records.
The early use of digital forensics proved invaluable in a company’s investigation and legal pursuit of a renegade employee, averting potentially large business losses. Such effective outcomes can be challenging due to constant advancment of technology.
I put together a python script that parses out several plist files related to Safari Internet History. Since the iPhone also uses Safari, I decided to expand the script to parse some iPhone Safari artifacts.
Although they don’t have an eyewitness or the actual murder weapon, Peoria County, Illinois prosecutors believe they have the next best thing — a series of Internet searches on Nathan Leuthold’s computer about ways to kill someone.
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