Digital Forensics Round-Up, December 21 2023

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


The mental health of officials who regularly examine child sexual abuse material: strategies for harm mitigation

The current study aims to better understand the mental health and subjective well-being of investigators and forensic examiners exposed to child sexual abuse material (CSAM) by examining which components of this work are associated with elevated mental health conditions and decreased well-being….

Read More (BMC Psychiatry)


Microsoft’s Digital Crime Unit Goes Deep on How It Disrupts Cybercrime

Ten years in, Microsoft’s DCU has honed its strategy of using both unique legal tactics and the company’s technical reach to disrupt global cybercrime and state-backed actors….

Read More (WIRED)


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New report exposes infrastructure behind cyberattacks on IPI and Hungarian media

New evidence uncovered by digital forensic experts supports the conclusion that the cyberattack on IPI in September was carried out in retaliation for our work in support of independent media in Hungary…

Read More (IPI)


How one man allegedly cost Aussies millions sending 17m fake text messages

A NSW man has potentially scammed Aussies out of millions of dollars by allegedly sending fake text messages from a simple set-up in his lounge room….

Read More (Yahoo)


An abused wife took on Tesla over tracking tech. She lost

San Francisco police Sergeant David Radford contacted Tesla in May 2020 with a request on a case: Could the automaker provide data on an alleged stalker’s remote access to a vehicle?…

Read More (MSN)


AI-powered fraud on the rise in South Africa

Digital crime and AI-powered fraud is on the rise in South Africa. That’s according to verification platform, Sumsub’s third annual Identity Fraud report…

Read More (eNCA)


Cyber Mercenaries: The Failures of Current Responses and the Imperative of International Collaboration

Internet traffic reached up to 60 percent in some countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, as governments responded to the emergency by imposing restrictions on mobility. Despite its advantages, however, digital transformation has also brought about complex problems…

Read More (ORF)


Agencies will follow CBI manual on seized devices, Centre tells SC

In order to protect the authenticity of the seized electronic devices, the Information Technology Act mandates the generation of their hash values. The Union government on Thursday assured the Supreme Court that all federal agencies will henceforth follow the 2020 Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) manual…

Read More (Hindustan Times)


Combating the Rising Criminal Use of AI with Digital Intelligence

While society has seen vast and various benefits from Artificial Intelligence (AI), the technology has also enabled criminals to expand their avenues and malice digitally.….

Read More (Homeland Security Today)


How Elon Musk Is Trying To Make Web Scraping Dangerous Again

A massive civil suit from Musk’s X Corp. threatens to make web scraping legally perilous again. The ACLU’s Esha Bhandari explains what’s going on.…

Read More (The Markup)

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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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