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The Future of Mobile Forensics: November 2015 Follow-Up

by Oleg Afonin, Danil Nikolaev, Yuri Gubanov Mobile forensics is a moving target. In our recent article, “The Future of Mobile Forensics”, we described acquisition techniques that used to be state-of-the art back then. Weeks later, some things had changed already. Three months after the publication a lot of things have changed. Our publication was … Continue reading

Investigating and Prosecuting Cyber Crime: Forensic Dependencies and Barriers to Justice

The primary goal of this research is to raise awareness regarding legal loopholes and enabling technologies, which facilitate acts of cyber crime. In pursuing these avenues of inquiry, the author seeks to identify systemic impediments which obstruct police investigations, prosecutions, and digital forensics interrogations. The secondary objective of this research encourages policy makers to reevaluate strategies for combating the ubiquitous and evolving threat posed by cybercriminality. Research in this paper has been guided by the firsthand global accounts via the author’s core involvement in the preparation of the Comprehensive Study on Cybercrime (UNODC, 2013) and is keenly focused on core issues of concern, as voiced by the international community. Continue reading

Countering Anti-Forensic Efforts – Part 1

by Oleg Afonin, Danil Nikolaev & Yuri Gubanov © Belkasoft Research 2015 Computer forensic techniques allow investigators to collect evidence from various digital devices. Tools and techniques exist allowing discovery of evidence that is difficult to get, including destroyed, locked, or obfuscated data. At the same time, criminals routinely make attempts to counter forensic efforts … Continue reading

NAS Forensics Explained

by Oleg Afonin, Danil Nikolaev & Yuri Gubanov © Belkasoft Research 2015 Network Attached Storage (NAS) have a long track history of corporate deployments. Their scaled-down versions (ranging from single-bay to four-drive enclosures) are frequently used at homes and in offices. These smaller-size appliances are often called “personal clouds” for providing some parts of functionality … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

Evidence Acquisition and Analysis from Live Exchange

A great amount of legal and forensics discussion is involved when there is an investigation procedure that involves the seizing of crucial evidence from Live Exchange server. Whenever there is such an investigation, two things remain in focus Identification of suspect evidence from the network Collection approach that maintains exactitude of evidence There has been … Continue reading

Acquiring Windows PCs

by Oleg Afonin, Danil Nikolaev and Yuri Gubanov In our previous article, we talked about acquiring tablets running Windows 8 and 8.1. In this publication, we will talk about the acquisition of Windows computers – desktops and laptops. This class of devices has their own share of surprises when it comes to acquisition. The obvious … Continue reading

Capturing RAM Dumps and Imaging eMMC Storage on Windows Tablets

Oleg Afonin, Danil Nikolaev, Yuri Gubanov © Belkasoft Research 2015 While Windows desktops and laptops are relatively easy to acquire, the same cannot be said about portable Windows devices such as tablets and convertibles (devices with detachable keyboards). Having no FireWire ports and supplied with a limited set of external ports, these devices make attaching … Continue reading

TDFCon 2015 – Middlesbrough 15th May

On May 15th 2015, Forensic Focus will be attending TDFCon – the Teesside Digital Forensics Conference – at Teesside University, Middlesbrough. If there are any topics you would like us to cover in-depth, or if there are any speakers you think we should interview, please let us know in the comments. TDFCon has been running … Continue reading

DFRWS Europe 2015 Annual Conference – Recap

This article is a recap of some of the main highlights of the Digital Forensics Research Workshop (DFRWS) held in Dublin from the 23rd – 26th of March 2015. Over the next few weeks Forensic Focus will also be bringing you a number of interviews and research updates from the conference. Conference Highlights DFRWS began … Continue reading

SQLite Database Forensics – ‘Sleep Cycle’ Case Study

Recently one of our users, Dan Saunders, was kind enough to write up his experience using the Forensic Browser for SQLite on a database that was not supported by any other forensics tools – this is his story: SQLite databases are becoming more and more of a focus point for the present day Digital Forensics … Continue reading

Investigation and Intelligence Framework (IIF) – an evidence extraction model for investigation

Authors Alan, Kelvin, Anthony and Zetta (VXRL) Disclaimer This framework was first introduced in DFRWS EU 2014 (the first DFRWS conference in Europe) at Amsterdam held in May and later presented at Hacks in Taiwan 2014 (HITCON) which is a high-tech security conference in Taiwan held in August. Abstract Digital forensics investigators are facing new challenges every … Continue reading

Extracting data from dump of mobile devices running Android operating system

In this article, we are going to tell about opportunities of utilizing programs that are used on a day-to-day basis in computer forensics and examination for analysis of mobile devices running Android operating system. Introduction Most of the mobile devices in the world run Android operating system. It is no wonder that such devices are … Continue reading

Development of Digital Forensic Tools on Mobile Device, a Potential Area to Consider?

Case Study: MobileTriage – JPEG Metadata Triage – Automated Extraction of Information using Mobile Forensic Tools Background Mobile devices are now becoming part of our daily lives. These devices can now perform tasks or activities that were normally being processed in a normal desktop or laptop computers. Attachment to such devices is immensely increasing in … Continue reading

WeChat Forensics

Rapid growth of the usage of OS X has inspired forensic researchers to analyze devices such as the iPad, iPhone and Mac deeply.  Therefore, OS X forensics, starting from Jonathan Zdziarski in 2008, became a very hot topic.  However, most of the research and trainings are focused on file system analysis.  Although there are some … Continue reading


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