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Scar de Courcier is an assistant editor at Forensic Focus.
scar has written 66 posts for Forensic Focus – Articles

Techno Security 2017 – San Antonio September 18th-20th

From the 18th to the 20th of September, the Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference will be taking place in San Antonio, Texas, USA. If there are any topics you’d particularly like to see covered, or any speakers you think we should interview, please let us know in the comments. Forensic Focus readers can enjoy … Continue reading

The Future Of ENF Systems

by James Zjalic The subject of authentication is important across the entire digital forensic field and we as examiners have various weapons at our disposal in which to defend against the onslaught of manipulators, liars and charlatans. Authentication is frequently amongst the first steps in creating a robust chain of custody for evidence received and can … Continue reading

An Introduction To Challenges In Digital Forensics

by W.Chirath De Alwis Digital forensics is a technique in the identification of computer based crimes. But digital forensics faces a few major challenges when it comes to conducting investigations. According to Fahdi, Clarke & Furnell (2013), th challenges of digital forensics can be categorized into three parts. Technical challenges – e.g. differing media formats, … Continue reading

RAM Forensic Analysis

by Eliézer Pereira 1 Goal The purpose of this article is show how to perform a RAM memory forensic analysis, presenting some examples of information that can be retrieved and analyzed to help identify indications of security incidents as well as fraud and other illegal practices through information systems. 2 Good Practices and Techniques for Computer … Continue reading

Remote Forensics Of Windows 10 Mobile Devices

by Oleg Afonin, Elcomsoft Microsoft has developed Windows 10 as the one OS for all types of devices from servers to wearables. Desktops, laptops, two-in-ones, tablets and smartphones can (and do) run a version of Windows 10. There are countless forensic tools for acquiring evidence from the desktop version of Windows 10, much less for … Continue reading

A Method For Verifying Integrity And Authenticating Digital Media

by Martin Harran, William Farrelly & Kevin Curran Due to their massive popularity, image files, especially JPEG, offer high potential as carriers of other information. Much of the work to date on this has focused on steganographic ways of hiding information using least significant bit techniques but we believe that the findings in this project have … Continue reading

An Introduction To Theft Of Trade Secrets Investigations

by Laurence D. Lieb, Managing Director, HaystackID. The subjects we will be covering include: Defining When One Should Reasonably Panic Reasonable Triage Steps to Take in Order to Identify if There is Only Smoke or an Actual Fire The Importance of Defining “Win” Upfront and the Avoidance of Mission Creep Definition and Identification of trade … Continue reading

Challenges Of ISO 17025 Accreditation – Survey Results

A group of forensic practitioners has recently conducted a survey into the ISO 17025 scheme – its effectiveness, and its relevance for digital forensics. The survey was conducted using Google Forms and was aimed at forensic practitioners on the front line of investigation, rather than at managers or corporations. What follows below is a summary … Continue reading

Enfuse 2017 – Recap

by Mattia Epifani, Forensic Focus The Enfuse Conference, organized by Guidance Software, took place between 21st and 24th May at Caesar Palace Conference Center in Las Vegas. More than 1,500 attendees were present, coming from different fields like digital forensics, e-discovery, incident response and cybersecurity. Most of the attendees were from the US and Canada … Continue reading

Classifying Illegal Activities On Tor Network Based On Web Textual Contents

by Mhd Wesam Al Nabki, Eduardo Fidalgo, Enrique Alegre & Ivan de Paz; Department of Electrical, Systems and Automation, University of Leon, Spain & INCIBE Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute Abstract The freedom of the Deep Web offers a safe place where people can express themselves anonymously but they also can conduct illegal activities. In this paper, we … Continue reading

Internet Of Things Mobility Forensics

by K M Sabidur Rahman & Matt Bishop (University of California Davis) and Albert Holt (NSA) Abstract The Internet of Things (IoT) comes with great possibilities as well as major security and privacy issues. Although digital forensics has long been studied in both academia and industry, mobility forensics is relatively new and unexplored. Mobility forensics deals … Continue reading

Enfuse 2017 – Las Vegas 22-25 May

From the 22nd to the 25th of May 2017, Forensic Focus will be attending Enfuse (formerly known as CEIC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 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 … Continue reading

How Do Criminals Communicate Online?

Flashpoint, a business intelligence agency specialising in the deep and dark web, recently published a report on the economy of criminal networks online. The report looks not only at where criminals go to communicate on the internet, but also how their communications are structured, and the ways in which online communication has changed the criminal … Continue reading

A Survey On Data Carving In Digital Forensics

by Nadeem Alherbawi*, Zarina Shukur & Rossilawati Sulaiman; Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Abstract Data carving is a very important topic in digital investigation and computer forensics. And for that reason research is needed to focus on improving data carving techniques to enable digital investigators to retrieve important data and evidence from damaged … Continue reading

Cellular Provider Record Retention Periods

by Patrick Siewert, Principal Consultant, Pro Digital Forensic Consulting I just returned from a fantastic few days at the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association 2017 annual conference. I spent 3 days meeting with litigators from all over Virginia about the various ways data can help in their cases. Part of the nuance of operating a digital forensic consultancy … Continue reading