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Can digital forensics keep up with smartphone tech?

Monday, July 07, 2014 (14:00:03)
The explosive growth in both the use and capacity of smartphones has led to a sea change in digital forensics, creating technology challenges for the justice and law enforcement communities and raising legal questions that in some cases have gone to the Supreme Court.

“When I started doing forensics, mobile devices meant flip-phones and texting,” said Josh Moulin, a contractor doing forensics work for a federal agency. The information you could expect to get from a phone was a contact list, some text messages and calendar entries.

“Today they are computers, and we are getting everything off of them that we would expect from a computer. You have a great picture of what a person is doing and is interested in...”

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Has the NSA’s mass spying made life easier for digital criminals?

Friday, March 07, 2014 (15:43:45)
Thousands of the world’s security professionals, mostly of them middle-aged white males, gathered in San Francisco last week for the annual RSA Conference.

Traditionally, it’s the time of year vendors hawk their gear in halls containing a perturbing whiff of ammonia, research announcements provide relief from the festival of commerce, and government mandarins hobnob with corporate types - all with the implied intent to work together to protect people’s data.

Yet 2014’s event was always going to be a bit different. RSA, the security company hosting the event, had to defend itself against criticism over an alleged $10m deal with the National Security Agency (NSA) to include flawed encryption in its products...There was one criticism, amid the understandable ire around the damage done to global privacy, which stood out: that the NSA’s mass spying had perversely made life easier for digital criminals...

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Digital forensics: proactive or reactive?

Wednesday, September 05, 2012 (10:56:04)
For a number of years digital forensics has referred to ‘the application of computer investigation and analysis techniques to gather evidence suitable for presentation in a court of law’. While collecting this digital evidence, to be used retrospectively in subsequent litigation, is a valid activity there is growing support for a more proactive proposition...

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Case studies - what would you find useful?

Sunday, February 05, 2012 (12:21:53)
Following on from an earlier discussion, I'd like to revisit the idea of "case studies".

What would people find useful in a case study, e.g. what subject areas would we like to see covered, what level of expertise, what format should it take etc.?

If I can gain a better understanding of what people are looking for I may be able to facilitate something in future.

Please let me know your thoughts by replying to this forum post, thank you.


Electronic Media Destruction - Does Size Really Matter?

Monday, October 10, 2011 (12:56:29)
In today's world, the age-old question "Does size really matter?" has possibly inspired nearly as much spirited debate as religion, politics and the meaning of life, at least when it comes to the destruction of devices containing digital data. Shredding is a recognized and accepted method to physically destroy data storage media and devices; but, the question becomes just how much shredding is enough...

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