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EnCase Device Configuration Overlay Data Acquisition Weakness

Monday, May 30, 2005 (07:41:17)
Arne Vidström has reported a weakness in EnCase, which can be exploited to hide information on a disk. The weakness is caused due to missing support of Device Configuration Overlays (DCO) and therefore causes the program to not acquire parts of a disk using this feature. The weakness has been reported in EnCase Forensic Edition 4.18a. Other versions may also be affected...

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New Paper: The Forensic Chain of Evidence Model

Friday, May 27, 2005 (18:19:57)
A paper by Atif Ahmad entitled "The Forensic Chain of Evidence Model - Improving the Process of Evidence Collection in Incident Handling Procedures" is now available online.

The paper can be read here.

A full list of papers and articles at Forensic Focus can be found here. New submissions are always welcome.

Online crime - new tools, old tricks

Friday, May 27, 2005 (06:51:42)
This week virus writers took a further step into the underworld when they released a Trojan horse program that holds computer data hostage unless you pay $200. The program infects computers through a weakness in Internet Explorer. It finds files with certain extensions, '.doc' for instance, encrypts them and then demands you pay up or never see your data again...Unfortunately, given that UK police resources are creaking under a two-year backlog of computer crime cases, criminals are probably not feeling too much heat...


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Montana agencies left private information on discarded computers

Thursday, May 26, 2005 (08:33:53)
State agencies failed to remove private information before retiring outdated state computers, risking public disclosure of Social Security and credit card numbers, medical records and income taxes, a new report discloses. The legislative audit, obtained Tuesday, blamed unclear state policy for the computer hard drives not being properly "scrubbed" before the machines were donated to school districts, given to other state agencies or sold to the public...

More (SignOnSanDiego.com)

e-Cops playing catch-up in Oz

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 (06:00:09)
Australia's electronic crime investigators are at risk of being outrun by new technology, one of the country's senior computer forensic technicians has revealed. Australian Federal Police (AFP) Electronic Evidence Forensic and Technical co-ordinator Paul Reedy said police investigators would have to spend their training budgets wisely in order to keep pace as with technological changes. "The rate at which systems we encounter is changing is so rapidly that it's difficult to stay across all of it. We've been looking at alternative ways of doing it in terms of resources and training. I'm satisfied with the level that we are at but we've got to target our training very carefully," Mr Reedy said.

(Australian IT)