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Unifying investigative teams from field to lab

Friday, May 22, 2015 (14:11:54)
Nearly two-thirds of respondents to Cellebrite’s 2015 mobile forensics trends survey rated “important” the ability to extend mobile evidence collection capabilities into the field. The reasons are many: the costs of overtime, outsourcing, and even human errors are mounting, while lab service delivery times diminish.

Improving investigators’ ability to make decisions about their cases, including whether they need to escalate mobile evidence to a forensic lab at all, is the focus for many organizations in both law enforcement and the private sector. This focus reflects a need for in-field mobile device forensic solutions that span field locations: both stationary kiosks at satellite offices or stations, and mobile data extraction devices.

Cellebrite Launches UFED InField Kiosk

Friday, May 22, 2015 (11:38:20)
Unlock the Intelligence of Mobile Forensic Data in the Field

Cellebrite is pleased to announce the launch of its new UFED InField Kiosk, a key component to the UFED Field Series. Leveraging the trusted UFED Platform, the UFED InField Kiosk extends basic logical extraction and analysis capabilities to first responders and detectives, allowing users to quickly view, qualify and act on potential evidence - all while ensuring strict access control and data management.

Designed specifically with field personnel in mind, the UFED InField Kiosk features an intuitive interface which makes extracting and analyzing live device data simple. Whether located at a police station, border check point or airport, this fully networked solution delivers the actionable intelligence necessary to focus forensic examinations, reduce device backlogs and shorten case cycle times.

Interview with Elena Pakhomova, Co-Founder, ReclaiMe

Friday, May 22, 2015 (09:20:02)
Elena, you co-founded ReclaiMe; could you tell us a bit about what made you decide to start the company?

Data recovery is our family business. Initially my sister and her husband were involved in data recovery. Then I became a part of the team. If someone long ago had said that I would do this, I would probably have laughed. However, at this point I associate myself only with this business. No wonder they say that life is unpredictable.

What does your day to day role entail? Which aspects do you find the most challenging, and the most rewarding?

Every working day starts with the support. Basically it includes some routine questions, like differences in licenses, software activation, and so on. However, sometimes we face the complex cases that cannot be resolved quickly.

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Head combs for hard drives with ramp

Thursday, May 21, 2015 (13:33:13)
In the late nineties, IBM has adapted principle of heads parking outside platters, used in some older hard drives, on one of its new 2.5'' models. Ramp - special plastic part located outside HDD platters was introduced.

Its purpose was reception of hard drive heads while device is turned off. This way, flat surfaces of head sliders and HDD platters don't come in contact in any moment and stiction problem had become history.

Introduction of load/unload technology (ramp parking principle) was a huge step towards increase of capacity and lifetime of hard drives, as well as greater durability and data security as a result of enhanced shock tolerance. Also, great results were achieved in decreasing power consumption.

Forensic Browser for SQLite - basic joins, pictures and filtering data

Thursday, May 21, 2015 (10:54:50)
In this article I cover a few of the areas where the Forensic Browser for SQLite provides features that are missing in other browsers or where it complements other more generic forensic software by providing features that are specific to general databases rather than specific ones. The Browser does this by providing a Visual Query Building environment (drag and drop SQL query generation) allowing the creation of very powerful and customised reports often without typing a single character.

I include some simple and very short animations that show off these features.

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Evidence Acquisition and Analysis from iCloud

Thursday, May 21, 2015 (08:56:01)
by Mattia Epifani & Pasquale Stirparo

iCloud

iCloud is a free cloud storage and cloud computing service designed by Apple to replace MobileMe. The service allows users to store data (music, pictures, videos, and applications) on remote servers and share them on devices with iOS 5 or later operating systems, on Apple computers running OS X Lion or later, or on a PC with Windows Vista or later. Similar to its predecessor, MobileMe, iCloud allows users to synchronize data between devices (e-mail, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, notes, reminders, iWork documents, and so on), or to make a backup of an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) on remote servers rather than using iTunes and your local computer.

The iCloud service was announced on June 6, 2011 during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference but became operational to the public from October 12, 2011.

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Cellebrite UFED Pro Simplifies Private Cloud-Based Data Extractions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (22:15:29)
Cellebrite, the leader in mobile forensic extraction, decoding and analysis solutions, has taken its trusted UFED platform to the next level with the introduction of its UFED Pro Series. This new innovative suite allows mobile device data from the widest range of mobile and GPS devices -- and for the first time, private data from the cloud -- to be forensically extracted, combined with service provider data and analyzed in a unified platform. The UFED Pro Series, introducing UFED Cloud Analyzer, helps forensic examiners in the lab streamline workflows, reveal more data sources and speed investigations to improve legal outcomes.

“With more data generated and stored both on and off mobile devices, and the important role cloud data is playing in investigations, examiners can’t risk missing critical, time-sensitive evidence,” said Ron Serber, Co-CEO, Cellebrite. “The strength of the UFED Pro Series comes from its ability to simplify complex analytical tasks, deliver timely access to private data residing in cloud environments such as Facebook and Twitter via Cloud Analyzer, and merge it with other data sources, including third party data, into a unified, actionable view. This empowers specialists to quickly uncover common connections and correlate critical evidence that may help solve cases faster.”

Job Vacancy: Digital Forensic Investigator, Midlands, UK

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (14:02:59)
X-act Forensics Ltd are a leading provider in digital forensic examinations and have been providing quality forensic services to clients since 2009.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Digital Forensic Investigator to become part of our friendly team based in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Role:

Digital forensic analysis of computers and mobile phones
Using EnCase, IEF, FTK and other tools
On-site and off-site analysis of media
Writing clear forensic reports
Attending court as an expert witness when required
Handling of forensic exhibits, collection and chain of custody documentation
Liaising with Law enforcement

Requirements:

Good communication skills
Good writing skills
2-3 years experience minimum in simliar role
EnCase, ACE, CCE certification or equivalent preferred, however similar experience in law enforcement role considered.
Full Driving License
Security Clearance

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Oxygen Forensic Suite 2015: Faster Data Extraction and Real-Time Analysis

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (11:57:50)
Oxygen Forensics updates its flagship mobile forensic solution, Oxygen Forensic® Suite, adding options for speeding up acquisition and analysis. The new fast data extraction option enables experts to quickly dump the content of iOS and Android devices to the hard drive for subsequent importing, allowing forensic labs separating and paralleling data extraction and data processing. The newly added option to use Watch Lists during the extraction enables investigators to see data based on predefined keywords immediately while waiting for the extraction process to complete.

Now including several options to parallel, speed up acquisition, extraction and analysis, the updated Oxygen Forensic Suite offers better productivity of larger forensic labs while enabling individual investigators using their time effectively.

Forensic Focus Forum Round-Up

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (09:57:46)
Welcome to this round-up of recent posts to the Forensic Focus forums.

Will standardisation in digital forensics ever be achieved? Add your thoughts on the forum.

Forum members discuss a forensic report in a Greek copyright case.

A digital forensics student is looking for information regarding triage for a final year project.

Forum members give advice about interviewing at a police crime lab.

How would you collect information from 70,000 mailboxes across multiple Exchange servers?

Forum members give their recommendations for an alternative to LiveView.

Olifer asks for forensic hardware recommendations; add your suggestions on the forum.

Forum members discuss replication of a fingerprint to access a Galaxy S5 Mini.
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