For more than a decade, a powerful app called Metasploit has been the most important tool in the hacking world: An open-source Swiss Army knife of hacks that puts the latest exploits in the hands of anyone who’s interested, from random criminals to the thousands of security professionals who rely on the app to scour client networks for holes. Now Metasploit has a new and surprising fan: the FBI.
Credit card fraud and identify theft are serious problems for consumers and industries. Though...
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The Institute of Technology at the University of Washington Tacoma, in collaboration with the Tacoma Police Department, will offer a three-course sequence in mobile digital forensics beginning January 2015.
Depending upon the nature of investigations, timely forensic examinations normally can expedite the apprehension of suspects. The use of a triage tool can identify the most likely evidentiary data sources. Ideally, the relevant evidence should then be seamlessly exported and analyzed in-depth by another comprehensive forensic tool which can provide indexing and detailed analysis.
Dakota county is creating the first local Electronic Crimes Task Force based in Minnesota. Ten agencies — nine city police departments and the sheriff’s office — will participate in the group, which will begin operating next month.
Google has blacklisted more than 11,000 domains involved in the latest malware campaign from SoakSoak.ru. But, the impact is apparently much larger: it seems to be affecting most hosts across the WordPress hosting spectrum, according to researchers.
Criminal hackers are actively exploiting the critical shellshock vulnerability to install a self-replicating backdoor on a popular line of storage systems, researchers have warned.
Seventy-six percent of organizations in the U.S. and U.K. have suffered a DNS attack, with 49 percent experiencing one in the past 12 months, according to Cloudmark.
One year after the cybercrime underground slashed the price of a stolen identity by as much as 37 percent due to a glut in the black market, the price tag for a pilfered ID has inched upward again.
This is the conclusion of our discussion with Jake Williams, Instructor at SANS Institute. We've discused North Korea's involvement, or lack of involvement, in the Sony breach, but who else might have been involved? And what is Sony doing to find out? Also, Jake lets us know from a digital-forensic perpective what could be done in situtations like this in the future.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned U.S. businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defense contractors, energy firms and educational institutions, according to a confidential agency document.
SiQuest was voted "Industry Innovator 2014" by SC Magazine under the category of Analysis and Testing for the evaluation and performance of their new Internet Examiner® Toolkit forensic software.
It’s getting a lot harder to be impressed by the latest piece of malware or cyber threat that hits the streets, given the already formidable arsenal that has been created for hackers to choose from. The every day distributed denial of service (DDoS) threat now seems almost quaint. Then along comes Regin.
Researchers from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and the Universidad de Málaga (UMA) have collaborated with the consulting and technology company Indra on the development of a new advanced simulator of training in cybersecurity, a system that teaches users how to carry out computer forensics, prevent cyber attacks and learn techniques of cyber defense.
The Sony breach has given a great deal of attention to North Korea. Regardless of whether the insular country had a part in the attack or not, our continuing discussion with SANS Instructor, Jake Williams, touched on its capabilities.
At first glance, it would seem that the most logical and obvious way to increase storage capacity would be to add more platters to a hard drive. However, this raises a number of inherent problems, such as having to increase the size beyond the current form factors (3.5”, 2.5”, etc.), escalating the cost per hard drive, having to have more read/write heads per hard drive, and so forth.
Phyllis Schneck's job as deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security should get a bit easier when President Obama, as expected, signs FISMA reform legislation that passed Congress this week.
The UK Government is launching a Child Abuse Image Database. It is a landmark project for law enforcement. Never before has UK law enforcement had such a sophisticated method of sharing and matching critical case data, logging visual evidence and analyzing digital media.
In an attempt to understand what has happened during the breach of Sony Picture's computers, DFI News has contacted SANS Institute's DFIR team. In an email interview, Jake Williams, an Instructor at SANS, provides his insights into the complex digital forensic story unfolding at Sony.
A highly advanced, multi-layered advanced persistent threat (APT) is targeting individuals in strategic positions: Executives in important businesses such as oil, finance and engineering, military officers, embassy personnel and government officials. And it’s spreading.
Area 1 Security, a security startup created by three ex-NSA agents and pros from Disney and MIT, landed $8.5 million in its first round of funding. The company launched in May with $2.5 million in seed funding.
Two new surveys show how easy enterprises make it for attackers to steal vast quantities of data with just a few successful breaches of employee machines: Employees typically are given far more access to sensitive data than they need to get their jobs done, and enterprises don't do enough to track access behavior.
The popular file-sharing service Pirate Bay was taken down following a raid in Sweden by police who seized servers and computers.
Not long ago, mobile device forensics was a relatively straightforward process. Contact lists, SMS messages, and call logs were obtained and examined for evidence using specialized forensic technology. But with the blistering rate of advances in mobile technology, the explosion of mobile data and devices, times have drastically changed.
The spies had come without warning. They plied their craft silently, stealing secrets from the world’s most powerful military. They were at work for months before anyone noticed their presence. And when American officials finally detected the thieves, they saw that it was too late. The damage was done.
A newly published guidebook provides correctional administrators with a brief, yet comprehensive and informative, view of cell phone forensic technologies.
Everyone has the right to privacy, said Troels Oerting, head of the Europol’s European Cybercrime Center (EC3), at Georgetown Law’s Cybercrime2020 conference. However, he went on, if you break your contract with society, that right can be taken away.
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