Digital Forensics Round-Up, February 01 2024

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


Partnering on cybercrime is taking the fight against cyber threats to new levels

In January 2023, the World Economic Forum’s Partnership Against Cybercrime members launched the Cybercrime Atlas initiative to map and better understand the cybercriminal ecosystem…

Read More (World Economic Forum)


Keeping Deepfakes Out of Court May Take Shared Effort

Court officials anticipate having messy debates over whether evidence is authentic or fabricated, with deepfakes skewing jurors’ decisions and digital forensics analysts helping to find the truth…

Read More (Government Technology)


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Bootloader Unlocking a Google Pixel 6

Unlocking the bootloader on a device is a process that allows you to gain access to the device’s system files and make changes that are typically restricted by the manufacturer…

Read More (Hexordia)


Hoover ready for $23 million upgrade to National Computer Forensics Institute

We’re getting closer to a more than $20 million expansion for the National Computer Forensics Institute in Hoover. This is all thanks to a federal grant first announced about a year ago…

Read More (WBRC)


Hunting for File Deletion Artifacts in Google File Stream Data

Recently, I’ve been delving deep into a little forensic goldmine known as Google Drive for Desktop. Specifically, the feature Google Drive File Stream and the glorious nuggets it leaves behind…

Read More (Bransom Forensics)


Empowering Law Enforcement With Nick Harvey From Cellebrite

Nick Harvey, a former Detective Inspector in the Metropolitan Police, discusses his transition from law enforcement to his current role as a Customer Success Manager at Cellebrite…

Read More (Forensic Focus)


The cost of cybercrime to reach over $12tn by 2025

External market figures suggest that the cost of cybercrime is predicted to reach over $12tn by 2025, and the growth of cyber-attacks has been consistent, as reported by several security providers…

Read More (Computer Crime Research Center)


Evidence of Program Existence – Shimcache

Another fantastic Windows intrusion analysis artifact! Shimcache! Although this artifact is heavily used in intrusion analysis cases, it is also one of the most misunderstood. Lets break this down and talk all things Shimcache…

Read More (The DFIR Spot)


Defence accuses cops of manufacturing phone evidence

One of the lawyers representing Portland businessman Everton ‘Beachy Stout’ McDonald has suggested that the police manufactured phone evidence to establish that there were secretly recorded conversations between the businessman and a contract killer on his phone…

Read More (The Gleaner)


New research combats burgeoning threat of deepfake audio

With every passing day, it seems like it is getting harder to trust what you see—and hear—on the internet. Deepfakes and doctored audio have become easier to create with the press of a button…

Read More (Tech Xplore)


Russian National Sentenced for Involvement in Development and Deployment of Trickbot Malware

A Russian national was sentenced yesterday to five years and four months in prison for his involvement in developing and deploying the malicious software known as Trickbot, which was used to launch cyberattacks against American hospitals and other businesses…

Read More (Office of Public Affairs)


Cybercriminals crave cookies, not passwords

All cookies are vulnerable, but they are all it takes to compromise Google or other accounts, Trevor Hilligoss, former FBI digital crime expert and current Vice President of SpyCloud Labs, warns. This was proven by the recently discovered OAuth vulnerability…

Read More (Cybernews)


Microsoft Says Test Account Gave Hackers Keys to the Kingdom

A “consistent and persistent” nation-state hacking group run by Russian intelligence breached Microsoft’s cloud-based email by using a test account to authorize a custom-built malicious application…

Read More (Data Breach Today)


NCSC warns ransomware attacks to intensify due to AI

The number of cyberattacks will “almost certainly” increase in the next two years as artificial intelligence lowers the entry barrier for less skilled hackers, Britain’s cyber chiefs say…

Read More (Cybernews)


City cyber wing gets advanced tools, training to fight crimes

Thiruvananthapuram: The city cybercrime wing is being equipped with some of the most advanced tools as part of the initiative to strengthen it in view of the increasing cybercrimes…

Read More (Times of India)

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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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How MSAB Is Managing The Digital Forensics Challenges Of Frontline Policing

Forensic Focus 21st February 2024 3:07 pm

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