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Depending upon the nature of investigations, timely forensic examinations normally can expedite the apprehension of suspects. The use of a triage tool can identify the most likely evidentiary data sources. Ideally, the relevant evidence should then be seamlessly exported and analyzed in-depth by another comprehensive forensic tool which can provide indexing and detailed analysis.
In the second part of our discussion about the benefits of government contracts to digital forensic investigation, Forensic Magazine talks to Jonathan Grier, principle of Grier Forensics. Grier's sifting technology speeds the investigation of computer hard drives by pinpointing usable data — the data important to a case. In this part, we find out from Jonathan Grier how this technology works.
It is often the case that the spur to innovation in America takes the form of a government solicitation. As an instrument of the people, the government gives power to the those that develop ideas and tools that benefit everyone. Forensic tools are no exception. To this end, Forensic Magazine spoke with Martin Novak, Program Manager at NIJ, and Jonathan Grier, principle of Grier Forensics, about Grier's recent contract award.
Nuix will include powerful email threading capabilities at no additional cost in the upcoming 6.2 release of its eDiscovery software. This makes Nuix a viable long-term alternative for Equivio users who are concerned that Microsoft may discontinue the product after finalizing its acquisition of the company.
Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives in danger from would-be police killers who can find where their targets are parked.
Forensic Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for the Best Forensic Products of the Year celebrate excellence in product design and performance for tools, equipment, and materials used in all areas of forensic investigation and analysis. A panel of Forensic subscribers selected the products that they found to be most effective and trusted in their work. Congratulations to our winners!
It has now reached the point that it is no longer practical for an examiner to forensically analyze each and every piece of evidence. Depending upon the alleged crime, often the incriminating evidence can be found in an e-mail, a document, the browser history, an SMS, or some other source. This leads to the obvious conclusion that examiners are going to need a new approach to streamline their workflow.
Often an examiner will analyze all the digital media only to determine that the probative data was limited to a browser’s history file, an e-mail, a document, the mobile devices’ logs, or an inappropriate graphic video or picture. Finding the critical probative data faster in a cost effective manner while reducing or eliminating case backlogs is going to require a more efficient methodology.
Civil Air Patrol officials say cell phone forensics have helped authorities narrow the search area for a missing small airplane which hasn't been seen since leaving the Headland airport in Henry County, Alabama.
SSDs have been in use since the 1950s. When compared to a conventional HDD, they are totally different in architecture and functionality. These differences offer many advantages such as no moving parts, having low random access times, and being shock and vibration resistant. However, their architecture and functionality creates some difficult issues to deal with pertaining to their forensic analysis.
The software and data for cloud applications are stored on servers owned by a third party and not local to the user. As such, they are not under the end user's control—a key requirement in traditional network forensics, where the examiner has either physical control over the network, or can take control by installing a piece of code on the computer to be examined.
When compared to a typical hard drive, SSDs are totally different in design and functionality which leads to some difficult issues to deal with pertaining to their forensic analysis. The SSD’s use of flash memory for data storage rather than rotating magnetic discs is the cause of the forensic issues.
In order to effectively investigate crimes involving social media, it is imperative that law enforcement understand “how” social media is stored, “where” such information is stored and found, and “how” to obtain such information using forensically sound procedures. Social media requires a different mind-set to traditional investigative and current forensic methodologies.
This edition will look at forensic tool validation. Myriad tools exist for the examination of digital evidence. These tools automate many of the tedious forensic processes and allow you to perform investigations more efficiently, but it is important that you not take these tools for granted.
A researcher is using network science and a connected society to fight crime. Data produced by dynamical relationships is integrated into a statistical framework using algorithms that can model connectivity between individual “players,” laying out the multiple relationships into a network representation.
Big Data is the new norm in today’s world. It is extremely challenging to capture, store, analyze and visualize. Dealing with digital data coming from computers, servers and networks is challenging enough without introducing data from mobile devices. In today's landscape, if you are not already dealing with data from mobile devices, especially smart mobile devices, you are missing much of this "Big Data picture".
A new ForensicDB project sought to expand ForensicDB's capacity for user traffic and database queries, increase associate curators' participation, and further develop software automation to better manage the records submitted.
Tracks Inspector, an early case assessment tool which simplifies the investigation of digital forensic evidence, is now available to the UK public sector via the Government’s CloudStore, part of the G-Cloud framework.
One commonality between a typical hard drive and an SSD is that they both store data. However, the way in which they do so is totally different. To fully comprehend how SSDs function, it is necessary to understand SSD terminology. Doing so will also provide insight into the “pitfalls” of their forensic examination.
Firefox (version 16.0.2) typically includes twelve SQLite databases, each of which performs a different function such as to store bookmarks, cookies, places visited, searches, and so forth.
The majority of potential forensic information from Firefox does not reside in the Windows Registry, but rather in two directories located in the individual User account(s).
With a strong commitment to helping law enforcement, military, government, and corporate organizations recover data from a broad range of Internet-related communications, Magnet Forensics (formerly JADsoftware) has unveiled v5.8 of its INTERNET EVIDENCE FINDER
The most prevalent software applications in use today are probably Web browsers. Although browsers are complex software applications, they have common functionality regarding their main components.
Investigative methods when collecting evidence from social media vary substantially from traditional digital forensic techniques creating new legal and procedural challenges.
Security Identifiers (SIDs) are unique alphanumeric character strings of variable length that are assigned during the log-on-process to each user on a stand-alone system or to each user, group, and computer on a domain-controlled network.
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