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Web Browser Forensics, Part 1

Wednesday, April 06, 2005 (12:12:22)
Electronic evidence has often shaped the outcome of high-profile civil law suits and criminal investigations ranging from theft of intellectual property and insider trading that violates SEC regulations to proving employee misconduct resulting in termination of employment under unfavorable circumstances. Critical electronic evidence is often found in the suspect's web browsing history in the form of received emails, sites visited and attempted Internet searches. This two-part article presents the techniques and tools commonly used by computer forensics experts to uncover such evidence, through a fictitious investigation that closely mimics real-world scenarios...

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Hi-tech crime costs UK plc £2.4bn

Wednesday, April 06, 2005 (07:14:53)
According to a survey for the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU), almost nine out of 10 firms suffered some kind of IT-based crime last year. A major risk was action taken by disgruntled employees, often working with crooks on the outside. Two-thirds of the firms surveyed said they feared that business would be disrupted, not only by the crime but also by the investigation...

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Step-by-Step Incident Response

Tuesday, April 05, 2005 (11:35:53)
When a critical enterprise server is breached, a well thought-out incident response plan will help you contain damage, speed up service restoration, and collect forensic information. If you have reason to believe that a system has been compromised, either by an Intrusion Detection alert or by suspicious activity, the first thing to do is isolate the system before it can do damage. It is most likely dangerous to log into the system and try to do a normal shutdown—the shutdown procedure could have been booby-trapped to cause the system to self-destruct. Likewise, rebooting the system is risky – again, a booby trap could have been inserted. Even logging into the system is unsafe, as trusted programs could have been replaced with malicious Trojans. In fact, a compromised system is never what it seems—a skilled attacker will hide his malware and create the illusion that all is as it should be, when the reality is that the machine is actually a zombie. A compromised machine cannot be trusted at all...

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Another Look at Log Files

Monday, April 04, 2005 (07:04:25)
Marcus Ranum architected the first commercial firewall in 1990. He founded Network Flight Recorder Security, the company responsible for the first network forensics tool. And last summer at the Usenix conference, during a course he was teaching on log file analysis, he said that if nobody is ever going to look at your log files, then you might as well not bother keeping any logs at all...

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RCFL network plans expansion in 2005

Sunday, April 03, 2005 (07:13:47)
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The FBI is poised to expand the country's premier computer forensics laboratory network starting in May, according to Assistant Director Kerry E. Haynes, Operational Technology Division. Additional Regional Computer Forensic Laboratories (RCFLs) are scheduled to open in Portland, Oregon; Salt Lake City, Utah; Buffalo, New York, and; Denver, Colorado by early summer. Two additional RCFLs are preparing to start operations by year's end in the cities of Dayton, Ohio and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Currently, seven RCFLs are available to over 1,000 law enforcement agencies across six states. RCFLs assist any law enforcement agency in their region in cases involving digital evidence, including: terrorism; cyber crime; white collar crime; identity theft; and violent crimes...

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