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2015


2015

Learning iOS Forensics

Learning iOS Forensics
Reviewed by Scar de Courcier, Forensic Focus

Learning iOS Forensics is a practical textbook that aims to help digital forensics examiners of all levels to get to grips with the procedures involved in forensically analysing iOS devices.

The book opens with a preface, which describes how the various sections are set out and delineates the recommended audience. It explains that the book can either be read sequentially or used as a reference work in ongoing investigations. My own experience of reading the book would back this up – I read it from cover to cover and found it to be an excellent resource for iOS forensics, both as someone who has not yet come across an iOS device in an investigation, and as someone who is interested in digital forensics as a discipline.   more ...

2015

Mobile Phone Examiner Plus (MPE+) - Part 2

Mobile Phone Examiner Plus (MPE+)
Reviewed by Si Biles, Thinking Security

One of the things that I love about being in IT is that it is an ever changing field. I find myself coming across new things daily. This even occasionally applies to my own “infrastructure”, such as it is. Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (well, Scotland) I started my IT career as a Linux SysAdmin – bouncing around corporate IT departments and getting into security. I strayed for a long time from this true path. I covered my guilt by generally trying to use a Mac, because at least it had a BSD based operating system, but I have once again seen the light, and have returned to my “root”s (hopefully at least one or two UNIX people got that joke). Actually, the truth of the matter is that my MacBook Pro – the one that the first part of this review was written on – has become horribly unreliable and has had to be replaced. It is being put out to pasture at home, being a 17” model, as a NetFlicks streamer. However, this has left a big gap for me – one that I wasn't sure how to fill...   more ...

2015

Mobile Phone Examiner Plus (MPE+) - Part 1

Mobile Phone Examiner Plus (MPE+)
Reviewed by Si Biles, Thinking Security

Sadly, at the time I put the finishing touches to the first part of this review at the start of 2015, Paris has been rocked by terrorist attacks resulting in the deaths of 17 not including the three perpetrators themselves. Subsequent investigations have revealed that at least 500 calls had been exchanged between the two groups of individuals involved – someone, somewhere in France, is most likely examining their mobile phones for even more intelligence right now.

That mobile devices are going to be used in any criminal activity is almost a given now – although post Snowden, at least the more intelligent crook might give some pause to consider the NSA or GCHQ before making their call. No surprise really when there are more phones in the UK than there are people – according to OFCOM(1) that’s 83.1 million subscriptions for a population estimated at 64.5 million(2). 93% of adults have at least 1 mobile phone and 61% of those are so called “Smart Phones” (although if mine is anything to go by, “smart” is a bit of an exaggeration) – a Samsung S5 has a quad-core 2.5Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 1920x1080 pixel display – you would be lucky to get somewhere close to this on the desktop 10 years ago. In 2005 an Apple PowerMac G5 would set you back £2,199 (inc VAT) – inflation adjusted that’s nearly £3k and it doesn’t include a display!   more ...

2015

IEF Mobile Module

Reviewed by John J. Carney, Carney Forensics

Introduction

I am a digital forensics examiner who early in my career studied computer science and wrote code as a software developer and later in my career studied law and became a licensed attorney. I have acquired certifications in both mobile device forensics and computer forensics and own a private digital forensics firm in Minnesota. We love mobile! Half our case load is recovering dozens of flavors of deleted messages from every variety of phone known to humanity. But we also devise evidence strategy for complex civil litigation and draft preservation letters and requests for production and advise on e-discovery issues, which now increasingly turn on mobile evidence.   more ...

2014


2014

Guidance Software EnCase Training Computer Forensics I

Reviewed by Scar de Courcier, Forensic Focus

During the first week of December 2014, Guidance Software ran a computer forensics training course at its Slough offices in the UK, with the aim of helping forensic practitioners to understand and use EnCase as part of their investigations.

Background

The course was developed by Guidance Software with a view to introducing new digital forensics practitioners to the field. The students are usually new IT security professionals, law enforcement agents and forensic investigators, and many have minimal training in computing.

Computer Forensics I is available both in person at one of Guidance Software's training centres, or online via their OnDemand solution, which provides live remote classes for students around the world.   more ...