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Digital Forensics News January 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018 (17:47:00)
BlackBag Technologies have released the latest version of MacQuisition: 2018 R1.

Oxygen Forensics have teamed up with Project VIC to help fight child exploitation.

Susteen's Burner Breaker won Popular Science's vote for Best of What's New in 2018.

DriveSavers Data Recovery shared an important article about how to ensure you're collecting evidence legally.

AXIOM 1.2.3, the latest version of Magnet's popular solution, now includes improved smartphone acquisition features.

Magnet Forensics have released a white paper on Windows password cracking.
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Forensic Focus Forum Round-Up

Monday, January 29, 2018 (13:19:43)
Welcome to this month’s round-up of recent posts to the Forensic Focus forums.

Do you agree with ISO 17025 being the new standard for digital forensics? Take a look at the poll and join in the discussion on the forum!

Can you help spg93 to verify whether a hard drive is blank?

What would you do with a USB stick that was misreporting its capacity?

dmanh shares tips on recovering data with Autopsy and BitLocker images.

Can everything in digital forensics be factually established? Share your thoughts on the forum.

Forum members discuss the latest news from the UK Forensic Regulator.
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MacQuisition 2018 R1 Is Now Available

Friday, January 26, 2018 (13:15:36)
We are very excited to announce our first major release of 2018 - MacQuisition 2018 R1 is now available! MacQuisition continues to be the leading and most advanced forensic imaging software for Mac OS X and macOS.

Charlatans In Digital Forensics

Friday, January 26, 2018 (09:56:30)
by James Zjalic

There’s a topic that is rarely publicized in the world of digital forensics, but is well known to those within the field and stories are often traded between experts when they meet at conferences and conventions. That topic is charlatans.

In my eyes, there are 3 types of charlatan:

– The Innocent Charlatan: Those who do not have the required knowledge and/or skill, but have good intentions
– The Dark-Side Charlatan: Those that do have the required knowledge and/or skill, but are happy to place the value of money over the value of science
– The Nefarious Charlatan: A combination of the above, those who do not have the knowledge and/or skill and are only working within the field as a means to make as much money as possible.

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Oxygen Forensics Partners With Project VIC

Thursday, January 25, 2018 (14:05:00)
Oxygen Forensics, a worldwide developer and provider of advanced forensic data examination tools for mobile devices, drones and cloud services, today announced that it is partnering and integrating its product and technology with Project VIC.

Project VIC is a coalition of law enforcement and private sector partners who champion a transformation in the approach to child exploitation investigations by developing innovative technologies and victim-centric methodologies. Law enforcement agencies worldwide use the technology developed by Project VIC’s partners in their pursuit rescue child victims, apprehend offenders and secure crime scenes.

Developing A Standard For Chain Of Custody

Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10:39:22)
by Jasmin Cosic, Miroslav Baca & Peter Grd

Today there is no criminal investigation that does not contain a digital dimension. A large number of criminal offenses, whether official investigations conducted by judicial bodies or corporate investigations, contain digital evidence, which in most investigations is key to the identification of perpetrators. Since the cyber space is undefined – it has no owner, place, time dimension, it does not belong to anyone – very often such evidence must be exchanged between the various subjects involved in the investigation. However, in addition to the exchange of digital evidence, it is also necessary to exchange the so-called “5ws&1h data” or metadata that are key to chain of custody identification. This is necessary because of the large number of factors that can influence the evidence and undermine the integrity of digital evidence, after which the evidence will not be accepted by the court. The need for the standardization of metadata exchange procedures and processes that ensure the chain of custody has been imposed as a necessity and through the realization of DEMF, as a possible solution.

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ISO 17025 For Digital Forensics – Yay Or Nay

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (10:14:27)
by Robert Merriott

“Much of the digital forensic community desires to have their evidence seen in court as forensically sound and bulletproof, yet do not want to go through the rigors that other traditional forensic sciences have done to prevent evidence spoliation and other mishandling and misinterpretations.”
~ Josh Moulin, Deputy Chief Information Officer, US Federal Government, National

As many forensic experts will already know, ISO 17025 is now the mandatory standard in the United Kingdom (UK) for all Digital Forensic laboratories as of October 2017.

Any digital forensic laboratory in the UK which isn’t ISO 17025 certified will be required to declare itself as “non-compliant” on each issued report.

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Susteen's Burner Breaker Wins Popular Science "Best Of What's New"

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (12:56:37)
Susteen is proud to announce that our Burner Breaker pincode/passcode/pattern breaking system, achieved Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New” award in the category of Innovations in Security. The Burner Breaker continues to be a leading edge product in helping law enforcement and government agencies gain access to locked mobile devices.

New in 2018: Along with the robotic arm component for breaking into locked burner phones that cannot talk to software, Susteen has developed new bootloaders for easily bypassing pincodes/passcodes on LG, Samsung and ZTE devices. Law enforcement and government agencies from across the globe, can now speed up investigations and acquire evidence from thousands of new phones and tablet computers.

Webinar: How The Onset Of Security Apps Is Impacting Investigations

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (11:31:03)
With data breaches, identity theft, and social sharing of personal information and content, awareness of personal privacy and security on mobile devices is growing. The onset of security apps for phones helps people feel proactive in safeguarding their privacy. Both security conscious users and nefarious actors have turned to both security apps and vault apps to protect their data These apps can be a trove of new content for investigators as they are used to hide illicit images or video. But there are other concerns that you as the examiner should be aware of as these apps often have other functionality.

Join Jessica Hyde, Director of Forensics, for a look into vault and security apps with a focus on Cheetah Mobile apps including file managers, cleaning apps, private browsers and app locks. She will focus in on what type of artifact evidence apps like these can leave behind and what you should be aware of as an investigator when dealing with these apps.

Register here

Date: Tuesday January 30th 2018
Time: 1:00pm EST

Presenter: Jessica Hyde, Director of Forensics, Magnet Forensics
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Job Hunting In The DFIR Field

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (11:15:45)
by Jessica Hyde, Magnet Forensics

For those who don’t know, in addition to my work at Magnet Forensics, I teach Mobile Device Forensics at George Mason University. In addition to teaching the skills necessary to acquire and parse data from mobile devices, I attempt to share information that will be useful to my students who are entering the DFIR workspace.

Obviously, finding a first or next position can be challenging in any field, but specifically in “newer” or less established fields like DFIR. It also appears to be a hot topic!

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