Digital Forensics Round-Up, March 02 2023

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

Threat intelligence: Why Attributing Cyber-Attacks Matters

Cyber attribution is a sensitive subject, not least because of the potential political fallout. Even when cybersecurity experts observed an explosion of wiper malware attacks targeting Ukraine during the current conflict, many did not venture to point the finger directly at the Russian state…

Read More (Info Security)

As crime-solving goes hi-tech, public defenders scramble to keep up

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers helps public defenders navigate new technologies used against their clients…

Read More (The Guardian)

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Signal would ‘walk’ from UK if Online Safety Bill undermined encryption

The encrypted-messaging app Signal has said it would stop providing services in the UK if a new law undermined encryption…

Read More (BBC)

How the Dutch National Police Tricked Prolific Ransomware Strain Deadbolt Into Giving Up Victim Decryption Keys

Deadbolt is a ransomware strain that first became active around January 2021, and operates very differently from other notable strains of the last few years…

Read More (Chainalysis)

Internet history helped Portland investigator crack the “How to Murder your Husband” case

Following breadcrumbs in Nancy Crampton Brophy’s browsing history allowed investigator Aaron Sparling to retrace Brophy’s steps after she murdered her husband…

Read More (Police1)

Digital forensics and incident response: The most common DFIR incidents

Digital forensics is growing while being more tied with incident response, according to the latest State of Enterprise Digital Forensics and Incident Response survey from Magnet Forensics…

Read More (Tech Republic)

Child abuse image crimes recorded by Cumbria Constabulary rise

Child abuse image offences recorded by police in Cumbria have more than doubled in just five years, the NSPCC has said…

Read More (The Mail)

Boulder County used opioid settlement money to buy controversial phone-hacking tools

Last month, Boulder County spent the first of what it hopes will be millions of dollars for the treatment and prevention of drug addiction, courtesy of lawsuits against the drug manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies that helped fuel America’s opioid epidemic…

Read More (Boulder Beat)

ITRC’s 17th Annual Data Breach Report Reveals Near-Record Number of Breaches

Cyber attacks are almost entirely responsible for today’s data breaches, and, increasingly often, the details of these breaches are vague—leaving security experts with a growing list of questions…

Read More (Legal Talk Network)

Fact-Check: How Deepfake Audio was used to Frame Atiku, Okowa, Others in 2023 Elections

Claim: An alleged “leaked audio” widely shared on WhatsApp, Facebook and other Social Media platforms claimed that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar…

Read More (PR Nigeria)

NIST plots biggest ever reform of Cybersecurity Framework

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is planning significant changes to its Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) – the first in five years, and the biggest reform yet…

Read More (The Daily Swig)

The Digital Forensic Research Lab on Narrative Warfare and the Invasion of Ukraine

In a new report, the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) team analyzed upwards of 10,000 articles from Kremlin and pro-Kremlin media that used false and misleading narratives in the run-up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late 2021 and early 2022…

Read More (OODA Loop)

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