Interview with Joe Williams, PhD Student, Canterbury Christ Church University

Joe, you presented an internet research tool at DFRWS. Could you briefly outline your presentation for our readers?

The presentation offered an early glimpse into a tool that will allow law enforcement officials to conduct online research. Essentially what that means is every action an official does while researching on the Internet is kept in an audit trail, for example in the cases of files being downloaded, hashed and logged. The presentation also touched upon the fact that, as far as we are aware, there are no overall guidelines within the UK on how Internet evidence should be gathered. Presently, ACPO guidelines only look at dead and live-box forensics, so there’s a real challenge in creating a tool where there is little official guidance.

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