The golden age of mobile forensics is over. There is no longer an easy way to get through the passcode in new iOS devices. Chip-off acquisition is dead due to full-disk encryption, while physical acquisition is dead since 64-bit devices and versions of iOS 8 that cannot be jailbroken. Blackberries were highly resistant to chip-off acquisition from the beginning, and Android is getting there quickly.
To most digital investigators, unallocated space is the “black hole” of a disk image where we send our forensic tools to search for potential evidential items. Unfortunately, the current method of dealing with unallocated space doesn’t realize its full potential.
The obvious path to acquire a Windows PC has always been “pull the plug, take the disk out, connect to an imaging device and collect evidence." Sound familiar? Well, in today’s connected world things do not work quite like that. In this article, we will have a look at measure the investigator has to take before taking the disk out, even before pulling the plug.
From a forensic perspective, the Recycle Bin can be a “gold mine” for gathering probative evidence which can be extremely valuable for investigative purposes. There are many forensic tools available that are designed to recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin. Depending upon the length of time a file has been deleted, forensic tools can recover the entire file or parts of the file (if it was partially overwritten).
It is possible to retrieve the data from your computer when you are unable to get into Windows at all due to a severe virus infection or file corruption. Here is how to rescue the files by transferring them to another computer via LAN, FTP, online cloud services, and USB drive.
Generally when you install Windows, you either use the set up directly or use a DVD (burn the ISO) to boot and then install. But one of the simpler means of installing Windows on multiple PC is using a bootable USB drive. Since USB drive is available in all desktops and laptops unlike DVD drives,…
In this article, we will have a look at how Windows-based portable electronic devices are different from traditional laptops and desktops, review new security measures and energy saving modes presented by Windows tablets, and discuss hardware, methods and tools we can use to acquire the content of their RAM and persistent storage.
Unfortunately, many companies have entered the cloud without first checking the weather. Cloud services have skyrocketed primarily because they’re cheaper and more convenient than the alternative. What happens if the cloud gets stormy, you suffer a breach, and you find yourself in the position of having to conduct digital forensics? What now?
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