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Digital Forensics, Computer Forensics, eDiscovery

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...

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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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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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Can You Get That License Plate?

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 (13:13:57)
We find ourselves analyzing new surveillance videos almost every day, and in most cases we can either solve the problem very quickly or understand (even quicker) that there is no information to recover in the video. In special cases though, where something very specific and strange happened, or the problem is very complex, it can take a lot of time.

As always… Pareto principle: you solve 80% of the cases in 20% of the time, and, well, 20% of the cases takes 80% of the time. In our own work, the right numbers are probably 95% to 5%, but the idea still holds.

We can estimate whether an image or video contains some information and is worth processing, or not, very quickly. In this article, we will describe some of the tests that can be done to quickly tell if you can get that license plate...

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How to Recover Deleted Data with Oxygen Forensic SQLite Viewer

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 (09:19:18)
Oxygen Forensics has released a stand-alone Oxygen Forensic SQLite Viewer, enabling forensic experts to view and export information stored by system and third-party mobile applications. The tool enables access to deleted SQLite records, and lays out the content of SQLite databases in a human-readable view.

Oxygen Forensic SQLite Viewer offers investigators a lighter, simpler and less expensive alternative to fully-featured forensic suites, enabling fast and easy SQLite viewing experience with no learning curve.