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Scar de Courcier

Scar de Courcier is Senior Editor at Forensic Focus.
Scar de Courcier has written 239 posts for Forensic Focus – Articles

How To Collect Data Using MacQuisition Live

As more employees are required to work from home, we’ve heard from our customers that they need the ability to remotely collect data from Mac systems without having to send MacQuisition hardware to someone’s home. In order to help our customers in this unique time, BlackBag is making a new software only option available to … Continue reading

How To Decrypt WhatsApp Messages With Oxygen Forensic Detective

Welcome to Oxygen Forensic Detective’s Knowledge Nuggets. In this video we’re going to discuss decrypting WhatsApp messaging. Let’s go over a few very important points that you need to consider before analyzing WhatsApp.  Number one: always place the device in airplane mode. This is important for many reasons, but the reason specific to WhatsApp is … Continue reading

How To Extract Cloud Data Using Oxygen Forensic Detective’s Cloud Extractor

Welcome to Oxygen Forensic Detective’s knowledge nuggets. In this video, I will show you how simple it is to extract cloud data using Detective’s Cloud Extractor. If you weren’t already aware, Oxygen Forensic Detective has a lot more to it than just extracting and parsing cell phones. Our Cloud Extractor is included, meaning if you … Continue reading

How To Acquire Cloud Data With MD-CLOUD

‘17.5 Zettabytes.’ This is the amount of data that the IDC estimates will be generated annually by 2025, and among those numbers, cloud traffic is expected to grow and reach 18.9 Zettabytes by 2021. This tremendous amount of cloud data is generated and fueled in the course of building driver assistance and autonomous vehicle technologies; … Continue reading

Opinion: When Digital Forensics Vendors Hire Research Talent, Where Does It Leave Research?

by Christa Miller In the second half of 2019, a set of hirings made some waves in the digital forensics community. First, in July, Cellebrite hired well-known SANS Senior Instructor Heather Mahalik. Then in August, Mike Williamson joined Jessica Hyde, Christopher Vance, and others at Magnet Forensics. In December, the set completed when BlackBag Technologies … Continue reading

Everything You Ever Wanted To Ask About Checkm8 And Checkra1n

by Oxygen Forensics  What’s Checkm8? Checkm8 is an exploit (program exploiting OS or hardware vulnerabilities) aimed at obtaining access to the execution of its own software code at the earliest stage of iOS device loading. What makes it stand out? The richness, and honestly the hype, surrounding Checkm8 is that the vulnerability on which it … Continue reading

Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge From A Forensic Point Of View

by Oleg Skulkin & Svetlana Ostrovskaya Recently Microsoft finally released the Chromium-based version of Edge Browser, so it seems we’ll miss ESE databases soon (not). Of course, it may have a similar set of forensic artifacts to Chromium or Chrome, but we must check it anyway. What’s more, the browser is available not only for … Continue reading

Forensic Pattern Of Life Analysis

by Christa Miller, Forensic Focus Pattern of life analysis isn’t a new concept to anyone who’s ever been involved with intelligence, in particular surveillance.  It’s all about the habits that people — suspects, persons of interest, crime victims, or those connected to any of the above — carry out in day-to-day life. When it comes … Continue reading

NIST Tests Forensic Methods For Getting Data From Damaged Mobile Phones

by Richard Press Criminals sometimes damage their mobile phones in an attempt to destroy evidence. They might smash, shoot, submerge or cook their phones, but forensics experts can often retrieve the evidence anyway. Now, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have tested how well these forensic methods work. A damaged phone … Continue reading

Techno Security & Digital Forensics 2020 – San Diego March 9-11

From the 9th to the 11th of March 2020, the Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference will be running in San Diego, CA. If there are any topics you’d particularly like us to cover, or any speakers you think we should interview, please let us know in the comments. Below is an overview of the … Continue reading

Industry Roundup: Cloud Forensics

by Christa Miller Only a few short years ago, the idea of recovering forensic data from the cloud seemed like either troubling overreach, or unnecessarily redundant given the availability of evidence from mobile devices. As encryption became more prevalent on those, however, law enforcement has increasingly come to rely on cloud-based evidence to build cases. … Continue reading

How To Analyze Call Data Records In Oxygen Forensic Detective

Hi, this is Amanda Mangan with Oxygen Forensics. In this video, we’re going to go over Oxygen Forensics’ Call Data Expert. The first thing we’ll discuss is, what exactly is a CDR? A CDR is a call data record, and we’ll talk about the different carriers and the different information that may come with each … Continue reading

Forensic Focus Legal Update December 2019 – Part II: Search And Seizure

by Christa Miller In cooperation with the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, Forensic Focus offers a quarterly roundup of the latest legal developments around digital forensic evidence. Comprising major legislation and case law from around the country, this guide is intended to help our … Continue reading

How To Parse AirDrop Artifacts In Magnet AXIOM

Hey everyone, Trey Amick from Magnet Forensics here. Today we’re going to be looking at a new set of artifacts specific to Mac investigations, which will be released as part of the AXIOM 3.8 release. Today we’re going to be looking at dedicated AirDrop artifacts that AXIOM can now parse out. AirDrop is a service … Continue reading

Forensic Focus Legal Update December 2019 – Part I

by Christa Miller  In cooperation with the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, Forensic Focus is proud to offer a quarterly roundup of the latest legal developments around digital forensic evidence. Comprising major legislation and case law from around the country, this guide is intended to … Continue reading

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