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On the 14th-17th of October 2014, Magnet Forensics ran its first remote training course on the essential knowledge required to properly use Internet Evidence Finder, Magnet's flagship software solution.
The course was set up with the aim of aiding digital forensics investigators who are completely new to IEF, or investigators who are not used to working with digital forensics solutions but require their use on certain cases.
Rob Maddox, Magnet's Director of Global Training, put the course together and described how it was developed: more ...
Oxygen Forensic Suite 2014 is specialist software aimed squarely at mobile phone forensics. It claims to have the “widest range of supported devices” with over 8,400 models listed and is geared towards smart-phones with a particular emphasis on the analysis of data recovered from them.
It is straightforward to use once you get your head around the way it works, and with some thought you can make it fit into your examination system quite easily. You don’t have to be particularly savvy to use it, but you do to get the most out of it and be able to use it effectively.
There are several license types, such as “Internet” (software key), USB dongle (individual machine) and an enterprise version whereby a single USB dongle is installed on a server and allows several machines to use the software at the same time. more ...
When this review started at the beginning of August 2012, Internet Evidence Finder (IEF) was a project of Jad Saliba of JADSoftware. At that time the version was 5.41.
The interface was simple, and IEF was an easy to use tool that found a lot of artifacts and displayed them in an easy to follow report.
In the middle of August I was contacted by Adam Belsher of JADSoftware and told there was going to be a few major changes coming to JADSoftware. A week later Saliba announced “JADsoftware has a new identity, including a new company name – Magnet Forensics.” more ...
Just about every individual who is immersed in the Information Technology field has either personally experienced it, or knows someone who has: The hard drive “click of death”. For most, this sound is the start of a downward spiral of doom and depression and eventually a large bill from a data recovery company. For some, however, this is the beginning of a new field of interest in technology. There is only one problem: The field of hard drive data recovery is one that is still shrouded in secrecy and misinformation. How can someone break into an industry where advice is doled out in hushed tones and newcomers are shunned and told to seek professional (read:$$$) help? more ...
You’re probably aware by now that peer-to-peer (P2P) networks are a pretty successful and popular method of distributing data over the internet. It’s easy to see why; the client software that the end user installs can be very small, simple to use, and more often than not works like a charm. It’ll usually download a file from multiple locations ensuring high download speeds, will immediately make the file available for upload to others, will deal with missing chunks of data and dropped connections and when it’s finished downloading every piece of the file it’ll make a contiguous usable file from all the data chunks, all without any centralised management system. Brilliant. Which makes me wonder why P2P appears to be used almost exclusively to distribute contraband material and hardly ever as way to distribute legitimate files. more ...