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Forensic Focus Forum Round-Up

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (14:37:45)
Welcome to this round-up of recent posts to the Forensic Focus forums.

Is it legal to travel to China with full disk encryption on a laptop?

Forum members discuss recovering deleted emails and OST/PST conversion.

An OS HDD seems to contain files but is unreadable; how can it be accessed? Add your thoughts on the forum.

A conversation about how data can be validated in forensic investigations, and the coining of the word 'Assumptionware'.

Forum members discuss how to virtualise a disk image.

How do you restore an iPhone that is stuck in recovery? Chime in on the forum.

How much information regarding user behaviour can be gleaned from browser history?

Forum member forveux asks whether you prefer physical books or ebooks.
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Cyber crime: First online murder will happen by end of year, warns US firm

Monday, October 20, 2014 (14:23:19)
Governments are ill-prepared to combat the looming threat of "online murder" as cyber criminals exploit internet technology to target victims, the European policing agency warned. In its most alarming assessment of the physical danger posed by online crime, Europol said it expected a rise in "injury and possible deaths" caused by computer attacks on critical safety equipment.

Police forensic techniques need to "adapt and grow" to address the dangers posed by the so-called "Internet of Everything" – a new era of technological interconnectedness in which everything from garage doors to hospital health systems will be linked and controlled through computer networks...

More (The Independent)
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Pro Hackers Petition White House For DMCA And Computer Crime Law Reform

Thursday, October 16, 2014 (12:43:50)
Whitehat hackers have backed an ambitious White House petition, put together by a noted legal expert, calling for reform of both the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Their claim is that both statutes have stopped them doing their day job properly, preventing proper research into widely deployed and critical technologies.

Rapid7 researcher Jay Radcliffe tells me he was deterred from thorough research into insulin pumps because he was afraid the manufacturers’ armies of lawyers might have sued him using the DMCA. Understandably, Radcliffe, a diabetic who famously hacked the model of pump that fed his own body insulin back in 2011, doesn’t want to go to prison for trying to ensure medical devices are safe from malicious hackers...

More (Forbes)
  • Posted by: jamie
  • Topic: News
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Inside the Homeland Security Investigations Computer Forensics Lab

Monday, October 13, 2014 (13:54:07)
Nearly every case Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) opens has some sort of digital evidence to be collected and analyzed.

But the work can’t be done by just anyone. The data must be meticulously cared for by agents trained to preserve the integrity of the material, who can also combat suspects’ attempts to erase their digital dealings — even from afar.

To address the need locally, HSI built a state-of-the-art computer forensics lab inside its Philadelphia offices to process the growing amount of evidence amassed from computers, smartphones and other mobile devices...

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  • Posted by: jamie
  • Topic: News
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Devices being remotely wiped in police custody

Thursday, October 09, 2014 (13:11:30)
All the data on some of the tablets and phones seized as evidence is being wiped out, remotely, while they are in police custody, the BBC has learned.

Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Durham police all told BBC News handsets had been remotely "wiped". And Dorset police said this had happened to six of the seized devices it had in custody, within one year.

The technology used was designed to allow owners to remove sensitive data from their phones if they are stolen...

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  • Posted by: jamie
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