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Digital Forensics, Computer Forensics, eDiscovery

The Investigative Challenges Of Live Streamed Child Abuse

Monday, May 02, 2016 (06:07:34)
Among the challenges facing digital forensic investigators today, the instantaneous nature of online communication is arguably one of the most persistent. Trying to investigate whether a crime has occurred, and if so to bring its perpetrators to justice in a space that is constantly changing, is no simple task. With the Apple App Store alone reportedly growing by up to 1,000 applications per day, keeping up to date with the necessary methods of communication becomes increasingly difficult.

Just in the past twelve months, there have been instances of paedophiles using within-game messaging services to groom youngsters, as well as the wave of recent discussion regarding Isis’ purported use of encrypted messaging app Telegram to communicate.

For those whose specialism is investigating crimes against children, there is another element of online life that makes the job even more challenging: live streaming.

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Man Jailed For Failing To Decrypt Hard Drives

Friday, April 29, 2016 (08:43:19)
A man has been held in prison for seven months after failing to decrypt two hard drives that investigators suspect contain indecent images of children.

A court order says the man will remain jailed "until such time that he fully complies" with an order to unlock the password-protected devices.

The US man, who has not been charged with possessing illegal images, is appealing against his detention.

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MSAB Launches New Ecosystem Products

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (08:42:49)
The first set of new MSAB Ecosystem products for mobile forensics have just been launched.

The new MSAB Ecosystem is an evolution of the current products to adapt to the latest developments in digital forensics focused around the needs of law enforcement.

This launch sees the arrival of brand new products including: XRY v7.0, XRY Cloud, XRY Camera and XAMN Spotlight.

UFED 5.0 Drastically Decreases Your Time to Evidence

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (09:07:11)
Sifting through data is a very time consuming process- the average US smartphone user takes up 10.8GB of storage capacity on their device*, and taking into account different data recovery options in UFED Physical Analyzer, this process may take up to several hours to complete. UFED 5.0 came out with major time-savers that drastically decrease your investigation time, and lets you focus on the data that is most crucial to your investigation. Version 5.0 brings five crucial industry-first features, and support for 19,203 device profiles and 1,528 app versions.

Release Highlights:

• Unify multiple extractions
• Original file source validation
• Common Image Filter
• Extract Data from Blocked Apps
• Temporary root (ADB) solution for Selected Android Devices
• Support for newly released Devices

Webinar: Data Visualisation: The Step Forward For Digital Forensics

Monday, April 25, 2016 (09:10:37)
A recording of the webinar "Data Visualisation: The Step Forward For Digital Forensics" is now online and available to view here.

Join the forum discussion here.
View the webinar on YouTube here.
Read a full transcript of the webinar here.
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DFRWS EU – Recap

Thursday, April 21, 2016 (08:08:18)
This article is a recap of some of the main highlights from DFRWS EU which took place at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, from the 29th-31st of March 2016.

The conference began with a discussion of virtual currencies by André Fischer, Jakob Hasse and Thomas Gloe from dence GmhH. The speakers covered public perception of virtual currencies, particularly the idea of cryptocurrencies providing a theoretically “free” and international form of currency that is virtually untraceable. They focused primarily on Bitcoin, giving an overview of its usage to date and a demonstration of how the setup works.

Following on from this was a discussion of evidence exchange between courts in Europe. Mattia Epifani and his colleagues presented the work they have done so far on the EVIDENCE project, which helps the European Commission with issues surrounding data exchange across borders.

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SSD and eMMC Forensics 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 (07:11:12)
by Yuri Gubanov, Oleg Afonin

This publication continues the series started with an article on SSD forensics we published in 2012. We investigated the issues of SSD self-corrosion, demystified trimming, garbage collection and data remapping. Two years later, we revisited the issue. Back then, manufacturers released innovations in quick succession. 3D TLC, bigger and faster drives, the end of compressing controllers and the introduction of self-encrypting SSD drives were all big news. Fast-forward to 2016, and we have abundance of cheaper SSD models with seemingly little changes on the high-tech battlefront.

In addition to 2.5-inch models, we have seen a new popular form factor used in super-slim ultrabooks, and a new type of solid-state memory introduced by Samsung and used in many mobile devices.

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Magnet Forensics to Launch New Digital Investigation Platform

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (14:07:26)
New end-to-end forensics solution will find even more evidence and enable more efficient investigative workflows

Today at the ICAC Task Force 2016 National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation, Magnet Forensics, a global leader in the development of digital forensic software, unveiled Magnet AXIOM, its new digital investigation platform.

Launching in Spring 2016, AXIOM will enable forensics professionals to seamlessly acquire, analyze, and share digital evidence from computers, smartphones, and tablets.

Forensic Focus Forum Round-Up

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (07:06:32)
Welcome to this month’s round-up of recent posts to the Forensic Focus forums.

How would you trace the origin of a file on a USB drive? Add your thoughts in the forum.

Forum members discuss forensic preservation of Dropbox data.

Should you invest in vendor-specific or vendor-neutral forensics training? Chime in on the forum.

Forum members debate the usefulness and practicality of ISO 17025.

What kind of salary can a forensic investigator expect to make?

If you were choosing to purchase two mobile forensics tools, what would they be? Share your thoughts in the forum.

What software do you use for call detail records analysis?

Forum members discuss legal privilege in HR investigations.
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Review Of Nuix Foundations - Investigations Training, London

Monday, April 18, 2016 (07:54:51)
On the 21st and 22nd of March 2016, Nuix ran a Foundations Investigations Training course in London to introduce forensic examiners to Nuix 6.2.7. The course was aimed at people who were new to the software, and took participants through all aspects of investigations from a basic level upwards.

The Nuix Investigator training course normally runs over three days. The one I attended was condensed into two days, however, due to a conference and the Easter bank holiday both occurring later in the week.

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