Digital Forensics Round-Up, November 30 2023

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


File Timestamps for NTFS on macOS using Mountly

This blog post will examine the NTFS file system being used on macOS with the Mounty driver, and the conditions that cause timestamps to change based on different file operations while using a macOS device…

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Europol experts didn’t complete assigned tasks, magistrate says in Daphne case

Computer forensics experts who extracted data from Daphne Caruana Galizia’s phone and blog did not complete the tasks they were assigned in 2017, a magistrate said on Tuesday…

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Volatility3 : Alternate Data Stream Scan

The Master File Table (MFT) is the core metadata structure for the New Technology File System (NTFS). This table can be seen as a database that contains every information needed to describe all the files…

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Ransomware group dismantled in Ukraine in a major international operation supported by Eurojust and Europol

Judicial and law enforcement authorities from seven different countries have joined forces in an action against a criminal network responsible for significant ransomware attacks across the world…

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Develop digital forensic infrastructure to deal with Dark Web: NHRC chief

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairperson Justice Arun Kumar Mishra on Sunday expressed concern about the Dark Web and the threat it poses to society, adding that there is a need to develop a digital forensic infrastructure to deal with it…

Read More (Business Standard)


Detecting RMM tools using Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

It’s no secret that Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) software is being used by Threat Actors (TAs) for lateral movement and to establish command and control (C2)…

Read More (Michalos)


The Amped FIVE Certified Examiner (AFCE)

Si and Desi interview Emi Polito from Amped about their new certification called Amped Five Certified Examiner (AFCE). They discuss the exam requirements, format, timeline for certification, and Amped’s future plans…

Read More (Forensic Focus)


How India’s Police Is Using Metadata

When you run a YouTube channel through a software like Social Network Analytics, you will get thousands of lines of information, which will be your metadata…

Read More (MediaNama)


ETW internals for security research and forensics

Why has Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) become so pivotal for endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions in Windows 10 and 11?…

Read More (Trail of Bits Blog)


Forensic Duel: Exploring Deleted WhatsApp Messages—iOS vs Android

Deleted data is a crucial aspect of digital evidence. While suspects’ chats and files provide valuable insights, finding out what they attempted to hide can be pivotal in solving a case…

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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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