Computer forensics works to analyze information on computer systems in an attempt to find evidence regarding certain actions to achieve certain goals.

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How can an online hack be traced back to the perpetrators?

What sort of evidence might be used in linking, say, the Sony hack to North Korea? While I am curious about what was used in this particular case, my question is meant to be a more general question ...
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DIsk imaging on virtual environment

Every forensics material you read, tell you to get an image of the disk and work with this image. However, it seems they always refer to a single computer. What if the compromise is on a VMWare ...
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Find the service creation date in Windows? [migrated]

If on a compromised system you are trying to analyze newly installed services or when services were installed, how do you do that. Where can I find the creation date for a certain service in the ...
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Can a virtual machine be used instead of the host?

I was thinking of using a Debian guest as my main 'host' instead of my actual host (Ubuntu). Do you think this will have any advantages in terms of making it difficult for digital forensics to ...
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Removing Virtual Guest Additions Safely

So say I have a virtual machine that has been handed to me by an end user for forensics. It's a virtual machine exported as an appliance. I don't want VirtualBox's guest additions or VMWare Tools to ...
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Battery Backed SRAM (and Digital Forensics)

Is it feasible to create a portable battery powered drive out of RAM that could sustain its data via the charge of a battery? From my understanding it doesn't require much power. Combining this ...
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Search engine forensics?

I read an article that th3j35t3r (hacker alias) had written awhile ago and could not find it again to reference so I will do my best to explain correctly. An anonymous individual tried to dox ...
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Can you trace network attacker by ip address? [closed]

Is it possible to prove the identity by ip address of someone that has compromised a router on your network?
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Separate normal traffic [closed]

Is there any tool or method to separate normal traffic and malicious traffic from pcap? For example : if malicious traffic detected with snort i need to store those packets .only if malicious traffic ...
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Where can I get name of the person who registered Windows and his organization? [migrated]

Having access to an image of a system which I can't boot up on a virtual machine, how could I figure out who registered Windows and its organization? I can use Autopsy to access the files, but don't ...
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Is it possible to modify the last time a user logged into Windows?

On my digital forensics course I need to analyze an image and look for evidences to ask a couple of questions. One question was to find out when was the system installed, and another one was to find ...
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Tools or scripts to scrape browser credentials and data?

I'm exploiting machines in a network and I'm currently trying to scrape data to further my testing from the compromised machines. There's no SOE build so i've got a variety of different environments. ...
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Forensics - Mounting Drives in RAM

From a computer forensics standpoint. If someone were to mount a partition in RAM using something like: mount -t tmpfs tmpfs /mnt -o size=1024m How much more difficult would it be to recover data ...
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Forensic Question Invisible User [closed]

I was able to create an invisible user in windows 7 and 8.1. The user is not visible at the login Screen, I added it to the SYSTEM account group and Remote desktop Users Group, The Administrator can ...
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How to evaluate the damage after being hacked [duplicate]

It's well known what measures one should take to prevent hackers from hacking their PC. But are there any steps that allows a user to evaluate the damage done by a hacker? Say that I know for sure ...
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Is it possible to prove a certain email has been sent using a certain computer?

I can understand that an SMS can be traced to the mobile phone which it has originated from and the phone owner has no chance in court but to claim that someone else has used his phone but what about ...
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Read WMI stuff on offline system?

For forensic purposes, I want to work with WMI on an offline system (dd image disk). In particular I would like to read the WMI Event Subscriptions. How can I achieve this ? Are WMI stuff located ...
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Can you recover original data from a screenshot that has been 'blacked out'?

Is there a threat from screenshots with blacked out info? That is can someone take out that after market addition so to speak? For instance I take a screen shot (using MS snipper) Then I ...
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What are the options for acquiring disk image from a Linux computer that can't be removed from a crime scene?

If the suspect's computer is Linux, can you directly use tools such as dd or dcfldd on his computer to acquire the disk image? Or do you need to use forensic live cds like Helix, Penguin sleuth or ...
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Online Shop got hacked, fixed but is still under attack - what to do?

an xt-commerce-based online shop from a friend of mine got hacked recently. The attacker mailed that the shop is vulnerable, he showed the extracted data (basically he dumped the databases and cracked ...
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Is there any way for me to trace the TeamViewer ID of a machine that hacked in?

I am wondering if there is any list I could access to find TeamViewer ID's, as the police are not being helpful about this.
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KDBG usage in volatility

I am using volatility recently and I noticed that it uses kdbgscan command, that is about kernel debugger block. Can someone explain in plain words what is it and why are we using it?
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Are there any artifacts for filesystem forensics in memory?

I have a memory dump. I know it is infected by a rootkit which uses its own file system installed at the end of the disk. Can there be any artifacts in dmp file to show this?
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Data Abstraction Layers in Forensic Imaging

I am a bit confused from various sources about the abstraction level and layers that a file resides in forensic imaging. I have found two slightly different explanations: The first one includes a) ...
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How to further analyze suspicious traffic

I've been monitoring my network traffic with Little Snitch, and today, when launching Chrome, just the default Chrome tab (shows most frequent sites), it alerted me Chrome was trying to connect over ...
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Principles of memory forensics tools

I am currently writing a thesis about digital forensics which includes a chapter about memory forensics. Besides the tools and the methods of acquiring various data with them, I am kind of desperate ...
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Tracing the attacker

I have seen from: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tracking-cyber-hackers/ "The source field can be changed [spoofed] by an attacker to make it seem like it's coming from someplace it's not" ...
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Finding artefacts of software

I was wondering if there is an established way to tell what running a particular program on a system might leave behind (in terms of changes to a filesystem, such as in Linux). I am thinking of this ...
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Ip tracking of stolen laptop

Somebody stole my laptop. I made a connection to it while he had Teamviewer still running. The police says that they can't start tracing the laptop because the IP is abroad. But what doesn't make ...
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How to know when a file was deleted in a NTFS filesystem?

Is it possible to know when a file in a NTFS filesystem was deleted? For example, if you have the file in the recycle bin you have the metadata file that stores when the file was sent to the recycle ...
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How can I temporary disable folders links like Users\All Users in order to perform a forensic analysis?

I'm doing a forensic analysis of a hard drive that I have imaged to a dd image. The image is a NTFS filesystem that I mount in my Windows system with FTK Imager in read-only mode. Then, I search in ...
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iPhone 5c iOS 7.1 deleted video recovery?

Can a video that was deleted from an iPhone 5c running iOS 7.1 be recovered? 1) the video was not in the camera roll 2) the video was deleted 3 weeks before seizure of device 3) app used to ...
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How does forensic software detect deleted files

How does forensic software detect deleted files? When a file is deleted, the pointer from MFT in NTFS system is deleted and the file is no longer accessible from the OS. If our disk is fragmented how ...
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Data recovery from file collections [closed]

I am presently working as a summer intern. My first objective is, given a collection of files, recover and identify the file types present in it. To download sample pseudo-forensics data I have been ...
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How can I identify which computers a USB drive has been used on?

Is there a way to find out in which and/or how many computers a USB flash disk entered. And if its possible can we find out how many times a file was read/edited. I heard that its possible , but I ...
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Mitigating TrueCrypt Attack Vectors in Memory and System Cache

While browsing PasteBin today, I noticed a new Paste that outlined approaches to compromising TrueCrypt protected data, as well as full Keys, Encryption Schemes, Plain-text Files, and Volume Names ...
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code optimization and security?

My background is in compilers/code optimization, and I'm wondering whether there might be any interesting applications of extremely aggressive runtime code specialization towards improving security ...
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How does police or somebody find out that an Arp Spoofing attack was done?

If you watch traffic in real time, you can see that an attacker doing a MiTM attack does ARP spoofing because MAC addresses will be duplicated, etc. And, well, you can see all MAC addresses and see ...
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I've found security vulnerability in current linux distribution. What next?

I've installed ubuntu server 12.04 on VM two weeks ago. I've created regular snapshots. XXX time ago I've noticed unusual activity and I've found that a backdoor was installed into my server. One of ...
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Forensics in the cloud

I recently did a university module on digital forensics and learned a lot about the process, and techniques, of digital forensics investigations. We didn't actually cover the cloud although I ...
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Find out what Linux software is trying to phone home

I have seen some suspicious outbound communications blocked on my VPS, which hosts a small experimental Web site, and want to find out which application is making the attempt. The server is running ...
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Mount Iphone for Forensic Analysis or Take Forensic Image

How do I mount my iphone to look at it's files forensically? I have FTK Imager (the only free program I could find) but it doesnt mount it as a drive and I can't seem to take a forensic image of the ...
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An attacker got a few 128bit TrueCrypt keys from a RAM analysis. What can he do?

I'm trying to simulate a possible attack scenario for my studies. I've got a image, which has a encrypted disk, encrypted by TrueCrypt (confirmed). TrueCrypt is installed on the image itself too. ...
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Is sqlmap traceable?

Is sqlmap still traceable when we use --tor --user-agent and macchanger? For example: sqlmap -u "[vulnerable_website_link]" --tor --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; ...
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Get PGP Private Key from RAM analysis RSAKeyFind

For an experiment, I'm trying to open a 2048-bit RSA encrypted mail on a image. Using this fresh image, I made a memory dump and analysed the dump for RSA keys. Now, several RSA keys have been ...
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What can I do with private 128 bit AES Keys?

For my studies, I am required to do an investigation on a fictional criminal VMWare image. The image is suspected of participating in DDoS attacks and other illegal activities. On this PC TrueCrypt is ...
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Is it possible to recover securely deleted data from H.D.D using the forensics?

I just want to know if it's possible to recover and see securely(or wiped out) deleted data from H.D.D using forensics ? Imagine police have arrested a hacker and that hacker,before getting ...
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Why is it so hard to trace origins of DDOS attacks?

According to the July 2009 cyber attacks Wikipedia article, US & South Korean governments suffered a DDOS attack on their websites. However, up till now they have not been able to find any ...
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Are there any tell-tale signs of self-hacking? [closed]

After the Mt.Gox crash, and also keeping in mind recently published attacks on Target and Neiman Marcus, one is led to believe that sometimes so-called hacking is perpetrated by insiders. What are ...
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How to decrypt passwords gained by wireshark? [closed]

We are trying to see who is using network VPN. I used Wireshark to sniff the network, I gained some users and passwords. The usernames were in plain text, but the passwords were in two different ...