Digital Forensics Round-Up, December 14 2023

A round-up of this week’s digital forensics news and views:


Meta Plans to Add Encryption to Messenger, Stoking a Privacy Debate

The move is part of an effort to make the app more like WhatsApp and iMessage. Law enforcement authorities say the privacy makes it harder to track criminals…

Read More (The New York Times)


Fostering an “investigating mindset”: Why is it important in digital forensic science education?

The importance of the field of digital forensics (DF) is growing, where digital evidence is increasingly recognized as a crucial part of many investigations…

Read More (WIREs)


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AI-Generated ‘Deepfakes’ Are Wildly Impressive—And Dangerous. Here’s How to Spot Them

The deepfake game is moving so quickly that looking for the usual signs (like an unsettling pair of eyes or hands with six fingers) isn’t your best defense mechanism…

Read More (Popular Mechanics)


UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge And CyberWomen Groups C.I.C.

Si Biles interviews Sophie Powell, Professor Sarah Morris, and Rob Black about the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge. The challenge is an opportunity for students to experience a simulated cyber crisis…

Read More (Forensic Focus)


AWS CloudTrail Forensics – HTB Nubilum-1

During the past weekend, I had the pleasure of exploring HackTheBox’s latest Sherlock offerings. With Sherlocks you will be asked to dive into the aftermath of a targeted cyber attack…

Read More (Vikas Singh)


Robert Vanwey: Regulatory focus can address emerging digital crimes in Nepal

Robert Vanwey is a distinguished former law enforcement senior technical analyst and investigator, renowned for his expertise within the New York State Division of Criminal Justice…

Read More (Online Khabar)


SQL Brute Force Leads to BlueSky Ransomware

In December 2022, we observed an intrusion on a public-facing MSSQL Server, which resulted in BlueSky ransomware. First discovered in June 2022, BlueSky ransomware has code links to Conti and Babuk ransomware…

Read More (The DFIR Report)


Digital Investigation, My First experience

Hello investigators, I am happy to share my first experience of Digital Forensics. As a kid I was always curious about technology…

Read More (Medium)


Measure Speed from Surveillance Video

It is the equation that we all remember from our physics lessons at school, right? Velocity is the ratio between a spatial distance and a time unit…

Read More (Amped Software)

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Digital Forensics News Round-Up, February 21 2024 #digitalforensics #dfir

Forensic Focus 21st February 2024 6:19 pm

Alan Platt, Professional Services Consultant at MSAB, discusses his experience as a former UK police officer working in digital forensics. He talks about the different levels of digital forensics capabilities within police forces and how MSAB products like XAMN and XEC Director are used by frontline officers versus lab analysts. 

The discussion covers how MSAB partners with law enforcement to develop custom workflows for mobile device acquisitions that facilitate ISO compliance. Alan explains MSAB's managed service offering, where approved MSAB staff can remotely access a customer's XEC Director server to assist with software updates and troubleshooting. He emphasizes the strict data segregation policies enforced by customers to prevent MSAB from accessing any sensitive case data.

Looking ahead, Alan mentions MSAB's new CEO and hints at some exciting developments coming down the pipeline. He spotlights recent enhancements to XEC Director's speed and database functionality for managing large estates of networked Kiosks. Alan also plugs the new XEC Director training he created to help users fully leverage the platform's capabilities.

00:00 – Introduction to Alan Platt
07:00 – Training
12:00 – Workflows
17:20 – Ensuring a secure environment
19:45 – Customer training
20:35 – Helping customers comply with ISO accreditation
25:00 – Validation and verification
27:30 – ISO standards
30:00 – MSAB’s pipeline plans
32:40 – XEC Director 
43:45 – Privacy of user data

Alan Platt, Professional Services Consultant at MSAB, discusses his experience as a former UK police officer working in digital forensics. He talks about the different levels of digital forensics capabilities within police forces and how MSAB products like XAMN and XEC Director are used by frontline officers versus lab analysts.

The discussion covers how MSAB partners with law enforcement to develop custom workflows for mobile device acquisitions that facilitate ISO compliance. Alan explains MSAB's managed service offering, where approved MSAB staff can remotely access a customer's XEC Director server to assist with software updates and troubleshooting. He emphasizes the strict data segregation policies enforced by customers to prevent MSAB from accessing any sensitive case data.

Looking ahead, Alan mentions MSAB's new CEO and hints at some exciting developments coming down the pipeline. He spotlights recent enhancements to XEC Director's speed and database functionality for managing large estates of networked Kiosks. Alan also plugs the new XEC Director training he created to help users fully leverage the platform's capabilities.

00:00 – Introduction to Alan Platt
07:00 – Training
12:00 – Workflows
17:20 – Ensuring a secure environment
19:45 – Customer training
20:35 – Helping customers comply with ISO accreditation
25:00 – Validation and verification
27:30 – ISO standards
30:00 – MSAB’s pipeline plans
32:40 – XEC Director
43:45 – Privacy of user data

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