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Coming Up In Issue 17

Written by DFMag

WHAT'S COMING UP IN ISSUE 17 - Out November 2013

Continuing our aim of bringing you new and interesting articles from the world of Digital Forensics, Issue 17 is shaping up to be another good mix of research and practical advice, here is just a taste of some of the articles being looked at.

Android Forensics

The main difference between a standard mobile phone to a smart phone is the amount of information a smart phone can hold. A smart phone can basically be compared to a mini computer with the technology of phones today such as web browsing, e-mails etc. Therefore a Smartphone can hold a lot more evidence with the additional data it can contain. Gabrielle Williams takes a look at the process and technical aspects of analysing an Android phone.

Ontology Aided Searching for Automated Evidence Retrieval Level

Digital forensics is facing challenges posed by both the increasing size of digital storage media and demanding constraints placed on investigators. The time it takes to complete an examination can vary dramatically. Triage is an approach recently adopted in an attempt to reduce backlogs, prioritise evidence and produce quicker results. Graeme Horsman proposes the use of web crawling and ontological structures to automatically generate knowledge of a suspected offence, which can query binary data, stored within suspected files and decide which data is evidential.

Practical Methods For Malware Classification For The Incident Response Process

In this series of articles Marc Remmert will look how and to what extent hashing can be used to compare pieces of malware, discuss if the usage of hash values alone makes sense; having a piece of malware and knowing that its hash value is known does not mean that one knows the "who, what, how" of the incident. The solution of "openIOC" schemas will be presented and also the optional extension of an XML shema by the incorporation of sdhash values.

From The Lab – Network Email Examiner

This product review is all about Paraben's 'Network Email Examiner' product, which can be bought and used independently or as part of Paraben's P2 Commander suite. This review primarily focuses on the tool being deployed as an email forensics tool. Features of the tool to extract further useful exhibits from email systems are also explored.

Live and Dead Analysis Approaches for Computer Forensics in Virtualized Environments

Deivison Franco takes an in depth look at Digital forensic analysis of virtualized environments, providing an insight into virtualized environments and the implications for digital forensic analysis.

When DPI Isn’t Sufficient for Detecting a Certain Class of Threats

When an insider uses steganography, it is not sufficient to look at the payload of a single packet in isolation to detect the steganography application fingerprint or signature. In fact, it’s not sufficient to look at any number of packets in isolation. The article will also look at the applicability of NIST’s final version of SP 800-53 Rev 4 the catalog of federal security controls as it has probably not occurred to anyone in the USG yet of adding the steganography controls to SP 800-53 Rev 4, specifically the control that requires monitoring inbound traffic for malware, that includes steganography, essentially requiring the government to implement network security appliances capable of performing DSI.

Plus all our usual features "Apple Autopsy", "360", "IRQ" and "Robservations" "Legal news and alerts".

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Coming up in the Next issue of Digital Forensics Magazine

Coming up in Issue 39 on sale from February 2019:

Making Sense of Digital Forensic International Standards

To many the complexity of Standards, their numbering and obscure contents fail to make practical sense and confuse the entry points for effective use. A roadmap is provided in this paper for Standard information access and optimal use. Read More »

Evidentiary Challenges: Social media, the Dark Web, and Admissibility

This article takes a look at two categories of remote evidence: social media, and the dark web. We will also examine two interesting cases: The Target store credit card breach; and the civil case of Fero v Excellus Health Plan, Inc. Read More »

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Vehicle Data Forensics on Unsupported Systems

The article will help readers understand how to approach a vehicle from a digital forensics’ perspective, it will cover a range of infotainment units from popular manufacturers, data extraction methods and examples of data types found which may be considered intelligence and or used as digital evidence. Read More »

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