Project Spartan Forensics

by James Gratchoff & Guido Kroon, University of Amsterdam

Project Spartan is the codename of the new Microsoft Edge browser and successor to its previous, Internet Explorer. This research paper gives insight into the current artefacts that the current development versions of Project Spartan leaves behind on workstations. The authors analysed what these artefacts are, where they are located and how can they be gathered. This research led to the conclusion that Project Spartan’s back end does not differ much from the latest Internet Explorer versions, as Project Spartan still uses similar ways to store data on the workstation it runs on. Furthermore, an open source tool has been developed to gather some of these artefacts in an automated way. The purpose of the tool is to gather the location of the artefacts not present in the database.

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