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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Definitions of computer forensics and information security [closed]

I'm about to do my master and I need to make a decision on what course I should take now I have two options either computer forensics or information security What I want to know is: What is the ...
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Can Windows 7 hibernation files be recovered?

As curiosity, according to my knowledge, hibernation basically moves memory data from memory to hard disk. First of all, is this true? And if so, is it possible to recover the deleted hibernation data ...
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Using EnCase to recover InPrivate browsing history

I heard that it is possible to use EnCase to recover IE InPrivate browsing history. Is this really possible? If so, suppose that a computer has been shut down right after usage of InPrivate browsing ...
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Can particular object be detected and extracted from RAM? [closed]

I was Googling for a while now, and I don't seem to find what I am looking for. Imagine I have a programm running (for example some random image generator, perhaps captcha) and I have a background ...
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What is the danger of the “FTP RNFR ././ attempt”?

I am analysing an old attack and I got a scenario which does not really make sense to me. The attacker connects to the ftp service and runs a bunch "FTP RNFR ././ attempt". This is caught by snort as ...
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Forensics after web server compromise

I was using sftp to give access to clients to certain folders so that they could modify their apache virtual hosts as desired. Until someone uploaded a php backdoor and erased all virtual hosts :). ...
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Prove that you deleted the file

Is it possible to prove a date that you Deleted a file through the recycle bin? I delete a folder of pictures 2 months ago and somebody is asking to prove that I did it.
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What access does UK Police currently have to ISP logs, and what information can said logs provide?

I'm currently researching a novel that has a crime element that centres around Internet-exclusive relationships and I would appreciate any help you might be able to offer regarding how much access the ...
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How secure is wiping an encrypted Android device?

based on my previous knowledge, I know that the iPhone has hardware encryption implemented on recent models. When we issue the "Erase all contents and settings" command, the encryption keys are ...
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How can I find the source of traffic allegedly originating from my IP address?

I have a problem that has been going on for at least 6 weeks. I have Time Warner for my Internet provider and some websites hosted at GoDaddy. From what GoDaddy tells me the reason I can not view ...
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Can DD on its own be used to acquire a hard drive?

If a hardware blocker cannot be acquired could an investigator use DD without a write blocker, would that be forensically sound?
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Why can't the police/government shut down black market websites? [duplicate]

I've been told that black market websites that have pretty much every drug, guns and all sorts of illegal things for sale don't actually exist on the internet, and I was then told some lengthy ...
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Approaching a steganalysis challenge

I am currently doing one of the Honeynet.org challenges, specifically the 13th forensic challenge dealing with steganography. Several PNGs have been provided and participants are to find and extract ...
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Decoding SMS in Chinese extracted from a Blackberry

I have a bunch of SMSs in Chinese from a forensic extraction of a blackberry bold 9780 via Cellebrite UFED. While messages in English are clear-text readable (making me feel that this has nothing to ...
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SANS Forensic Course -worth it? [closed]

I'm a Security Student at Pennsylvania State University and I am considering taking FOR408 through SANS this summer in Pittsburgh (not far from my home). I really want this to help me stand out in my ...
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Accessing hidden partitons

I have two disks. They're both bootable and run Linux. When I physically mount the disks, I can see scsi devices get added. /dev/sdb and /dev/sdc. However the partitions are not detected. I can't see ...
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Linux forensics questions (ssh config, user activity)

I'm a linux noob and have an assignment I'm a bit stumped on... We're given VirtualBox (vdi) images and raw files for the state of a linux server at 3 different dates. We're supposed to answer: ...
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Secure erase iOS devices

All iOS devices from the iPhone 3GS have a hardware encryption chip, right? When you erase an iOS device with the "Erase All Content and Settings" menu item or via Remote Wipe the encryption keys are ...
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How does one go about network forensics investigation with no prior knowledge?

I am being asked to perform a forensics investigation on a network. The reason being that for the past few months strange things are happening on the network. VLANs are being deleted, configuration ...
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Penetration testing job entry exam [closed]

What type of hands on tests should I expect in a interview for a entry level penetration tester? And what do examiners expect a candidate to accomplish (i.e. full compromise)? The reason I ask is ...
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What do I need to be aware of to select a transfer method for digital forensic data?

I have a question which relates to use of forensics technology to gather evidence from mobile / portable workstation / devices? I would try to better explain this scenario, by considering a work ...
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Can law enforcement track a criminal through dynamic IP address?

I ask because a week ago my home was broken into and, among other things, my iMac computer was stolen. I am desperate to get it back because it has all the pictures of my daughters from the last ...
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File system history on USB drives

I want to find out who deleted a specific file from a USB disk. The disk is formatted as NTFS. The file was deleted while the disk was plugged into a Windows 7 system. However, while I do have ...
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How to Investigate Wi-Fi Intrusion and where to look for evidence?

I'm trying to figure out how to configure a network so that I can tell what an intruder did (in the past) while on the network after they are detected. eg. If someone with a wi-fi enabled laptop ...
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How does window.w3ssss hack occur

Recently a .Net MVC 2 application on our server was infected with a virus / hack, it added some Javascript to the index.aspx pages of the site. While we have cleaned it up, I have not been able to ...
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Connection on port 3387 Event viewer says “authorized”

This event shows up multiple times within a minute like it was being brute-forced, but it says "authorized". My question is: Is there anyway I can see any commands that came in from this connection? I ...
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Why is it so hard to close onion domains (e.g. The Silkroad)?

A few months ago when I started to experiment with bitcoin I came across The Silkroad (only accessible via Tor) For those who do not know what Tor is and who do not want to waste their time ...
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What I need checking when analysing an invasion?

A company manager stated that the company network was invaded and the invader was able to get sensitive information, like bank account data, passwords, personal info, etc. I know that I need first ...
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How to detect if files were saved or copied to a USB drive?

How can I find out if files from my computer were written/copied/moved to a USB storage device? I want to know if there is a solution that would work in a system that has not got any ...
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IS Maltego is the best forensic/intelligence solution out there? [closed]

i am looking for the best intelligence forensic software that will give me the best solution for gathering information around the web . please recommend me the best software out there ... and if you ...
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Definitive certification list [closed]

What are a list of useful certificates for someone who wants to work on the information security field? I have heard of CISSP but from what I have understood it is way too advanced for someone new to ...
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Digital Forensic test image?

Does anyone know where I can get a free forensic test image for FTK? I need it to be below 5000 files for the demo. I found one but it is larger than 5k and it spits errors back at me.
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Can we just provide VM snapshopts to LEA

Currently Law enforcement agencies (LEA) take your entire server (or perhaps all servers) in a VPS/Cloud or multi-tenant situation. Have we thought of any policy guidelines where VM images/snapshots ...
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What expertise is required to create an Windows intrusion report?

I need an expert on a subject I know very little. I had a breach on one of my Windows systems. I know how someone got in but for legal purposes I need to prove that some former employee, whom I ...
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Learn IP address of sender of a self-destructing email

How can I know the IP address of the sender who sent me a self-destructing email? If not the IP address... what all information can be extracted?
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Did I miss anything when checking for passwords?

I was provided with a "challenge" forensics image of 2MB in size (floppy); they provide the disk image and want you to uncover as many passwords as you can find. I downloaded the image and dd'd it to ...
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Can a SIM card be tracked without cell phone and battery?

I have a SIM card alone without cell phone and battery. Can it be be tracked?
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How to make / dump contents of memory for forensics analysis?

I work as a Information Security analyst and was recently tasked to look into Incident response + computer forensics related topics. For starters, I am experimenting on my PC which is running Windows ...
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Windows process and socket capture

I am seeing some suspicious activity on windows 2008 web server. There are some connection attempts being made from the server going out to foreign IP addresses without any legit reason. The ...
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How do I run a security check on my WordPress server?

I have a cloud-based server running with CentOS 6.0 and CSF installed. Today I got a message from my host that one of my WordPress installations is hacked and used for phishing. But I don't know how ...
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Finding date of last network access

I have a system that contains highly sensitive data that does not reside on the Internet. However, when I was going through the machine recently, I detected that it had cookies, and temporary internet ...
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Android phone number from disk image

I'm trying to work out what the current phone number is for an Android device based solely off a disk image. I've looked in the mmssms.db and the contacts2.db but neither seem to store the details of ...
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How to trace malicious hackers?

What are some of the ways law enforcement agencies can trace a hacking attempt back to the hacker? IP and MAC addresses can be spoofed easily, hackers can easily hide their tracks using compromised ...
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Tool to grab sensitive information from command lines

Of the information entered on the command line (command name and arguments) have to be considered public (everyone can access it using commands like ps). Is there a known tool to automate this kind ...
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Detect Axcrypt files on hard drive

I have lost some Axcrypt files on my hard drive, as I have changed the extension. Is there a way to detect those files (via header, size, etc.) If not, are there some tools to detect discordance ...
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Is there an easy way to see a log of SCP activity on a server (ala /var/log/secure for ssh login)?

On Linux systems, /var/log/secure (or similar, depending on distro) shows all SSH login activity. Is there a similar log for SCP? If not, what's a good approach to enabling logging of scp activity ...
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Is XRY Forensic Tool able to extract data from iPhones?

As far as I know this only DOESN'T work with iPhone 4S and iPad2 / iPad 3, because of the fixed Boot Rom. So, is it no longer possible to brute-force the passcode lock? Can anybody confirm this with ...
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How can you see the device history of a computer when doing forensics?

I was reading this post on Slashdot which talks about the process of gathering evidence from a computer as part of an investigation. The post mentions being able to see the history of devices ...
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Can wiped SSD data be recovered?

I was reading another post on destroying IDE drives, and how you could remove data, wipe it, or just destroy the drive. The removed data would still be there in some state, although not easily ...
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Do burned DVDs contain trackable information?

I'd like to know if it's possible to burn a video DVD (not just a regular CDFS DVD with video files in it; I mean a DVD that you can play the video of using regular DVD players), without the ...