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Digital Forensics, Computer Forensics, eDiscovery

Recovering Evidence from SSD Drives in 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (16:27:31)
Several years ago, Solid State drives (SSD) introduced a challenge to digital forensic specialists. Forensic acquisition of computers equipped with SSD storage became very different compared to acquisition of traditional hard drives. Instead of straightforward and predictable recovery of evidence, we are in the waters of stochastic forensics with SSD drives, where nothing can be assumed as a given.

With even the most recent publications not going beyond introducing the TRIM command and making a conclusion on SSD self-corrosion, it has been common knowledge – and a common misconception, – that deleted evidence cannot be extracted from TRIM-enabled SSD drives, due to the operation of background garbage collection...

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Why Are WhatsApp Artifacts Important to Your Mobile Investigations?

Monday, September 22, 2014 (20:54:21)
Like Kik Messenger, WhatsApp is a cross-platform instant messenger service that has over 600 million users. It was purchased by Facebook in February 2014 and continues to grow in popularity.

Much like other mobile chat applications, WhatsApp contacts, messages, and attachments can be valuable to examiners looking to recover evidence for a variety of different investigation types. Whether you’re analyzing the mobile device of a suspect or a victim, these chat artifacts can contain valuable information to help solve a case...

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FT Cyber Security Summit 2014 – Recap

Monday, September 22, 2014 (13:28:23)
Forensic Focus attended the FT Cyber Security Summit in London on the 3rd of September. This article is a recap of some of the main highlights of the event.

The Cyber Security Summit brought together speakers and interested parties from law enforcement, international government, computer science and elsewhere to discuss the unique challenges around cybercrime investigation and its implications for international security.

Summit Highlights

One of the strands running through several discussions throughout the day was the issue of encouraging small businesses to take cyber security seriously. Whilst the larger players, particularly in the technology and finance fields, tend to do what they can to ensure that their businesses are secure, this is not always the case with SMEs. And with several of the larger corporations utilising services from these smaller businesses, their security becomes an issue not just for their own businesses but for others as well...

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Oxygen Forensic Suite 2014 Adds New Mobile Device Acquisition Methods

Friday, September 19, 2014 (11:02:03)
Oxygen Forensics has updated its flagship mobile evidence discovery solution, Oxygen Forensic Suite 2014, with additional extraction options. The new release adds or expands acquisition support for Apple iOS 8.0 including the brand new iPhone 6/6Plus, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 devices, Nokia NBU backups and Android 4.4.4 ADB backups.

“Acquisition is a major stage in mobile forensics”, says Oleg Fedorov, Oxygen CEO. “This release adds extended acquisition support for several ranges of mobile devices. We are committed to keeping our product at the cutting edge of technology, supporting new mobile platforms as soon as they hit the market.”

New Forensic Subcommittee on Digital Evidence Added to NIST OSAC

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (10:46:59)
Digital evidence, one of the fastest growing areas of forensic science, will now have its own subcommittee in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-administered Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). NIST is establishing the OSAC to identify and develop national standards and guidelines for forensic science practitioners to strengthen forensic science in the United States.

Forensic science practitioners, academic researchers and others with expertise in digital evidence are encouraged to apply for one of up to 20 voting positions on the new Digital Evidence Subcommittee by Sept. 30, 2014. Those who previously applied for membership on other subcommittees should reapply if they wish to be considered for the Digital Evidence Subcommittee...

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