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 do I prevent SSD file recovery?

I use a Kingston V300 SSD (specifically SV300S37A) According to this answer The 'best' modern drives support a vendor-specific secure erase functionality. Examples of this are Intels new 320 ...
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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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How to know the time of compilation

I've read that a malware found by kaspersky was compiled at the moscow time zone. How they know the time of compilation ?
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Should digital forensics examiners avoid the term “evidence” outside legal proceedings? [closed]

This is what the authors of the book "Digital Forensics with Open Source Tools" say about the term evidence: The examiner reveals the truth of an event by discovering and exposing the remnants 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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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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What are some recommended open source tools for web browser history analysis?

I'm looking at a series web browser histories from various browsers (IE, Chrome, Firefox, etc) and need to do some analysis. All of these browsers store data much differently, but I was wondering if ...
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How to verify .plist and .kext files are legitimate?

While scouring through tons of logs generated during an audit of a Mac filesystem after a potential malware infection, and I am wondering if there are any better ways to verify that all kernel ...
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Analyzing log files for forensics homework?

Suppose two users have done a murder at 6pm at Dunkin Donuts, I have got the hard disks on site, disk1 and disk2. How do I identify the time and order of each user's activities on the hard disks? ...
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Forensics - trace back DNS query origin on host?

So I tried to search the web for answers but didn't find any. Is there any way to trace back which exe file or application caused the computer to make a specific DNS query?
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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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How to extract windows event logs from a hard disk forensic image?

I have created an image of hard disk using FTK imager. I want to extract the windows event logs. The system was running windows 7. What should I do?
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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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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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Retrieving passcodes through forensic discovery

If you encrypt a device using a passcode, the data stored on the device cannot be retrieved using forensic discovery. What about the passcode itself? Is that encrypted too? Can forensic analysts ...
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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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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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How would a keylogger bypass Wireshark sniffing?

I often see malicious keyloggers being advertised as having anit-wireshark feature. Meaning their data can't be sniffed. Is it possible to do so? How would they do it? My guess is that they just ...
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SOHO router intrusion

In the hypothetical scenario where someone has managed to gain unlawful access to a SOHO router (any of the consumer wifi models will serve nicely), what steps can you take to verify this, so as to ...
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Is my computer trying to download something malicious from Dropbox?

My wife's computer was recently compromised and I have tried to clean it. I installed Microsoft Network Monitor to see if there was any unexplained internet traffic and I noticed a connection to ...
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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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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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Selling used ram [DDr3 SODIMM]. Need to erase?

Does DDr3 SODIMM memory hold information after being removed? I would like to sell the memory I just removed from my computer, however I wasn't sure if I had to wipe/erase it first some how. Please ...
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Data collection when responding to malware alerts

When investigating malware alerts I would like to collect some information from the system before the decision gets made to take the system off of the network and re-imaged, or if further forensics is ...
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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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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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Forensics Tools on Linux Servers

I am trying to consolidate a list of security tools for our data center servers. We are predominantly Linux shop (RHEL) with some Windows 2008/12 servers. The core business is Software as a Service, ...
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Identifying EXIF Tampering

Is it really impossible to detect changes to EXIF data? Reading from this link, it seems that it is not possible to detect EXIF changes: ...
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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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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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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 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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What buses carrying sensitive information on a running computer are vulnerable to sniffing?

Has there been any research on what buses in a computer can be analyzed while they are live, without rebooting the system to insert a proxy device? For example, I imagine I2C would be very easy to ...
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Spyware on Sony Xperia z3 compact ? comand: adb reboot bootloader results in error device not found

Please help as I can not pay a forensic data investigator. For a while now I suspect to being spied on my computers and cellphones. I have two Sony xperia Z3 compact and both were acting strangely ...
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Autopsy/SleuthKit in the courthouse? [closed]

I am studying digital forensics and have been working with both AccessData's FTK and Autopsy to analyze disks for different assignments. I keep hearing that Autopsy findings should not be admitted in ...
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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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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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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 there a hard-to-spoof identifier associated with a physical hard disk

I would like to salt the pass phrase with the drive id in such a way that, if the disk were imaged to a new drive with a different id, (e.g. by a government forensics specialist) then the image would ...
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Forensic analysis of Android SQLite DBs

In an extraction of com.facebook.katana/Database db files (fb.db and webview.db), I get: fb.db If I use an hexadecimal editor to open those files, even when there is no SQLite record named c_user, ...
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Can linux (be made to) detect foreign connections to the ram bus?

I've been made aware on many answers and some comments that an attacker can read memory while a system is still running by attaching some sort of connection directly to the ram bus. Can linux ...
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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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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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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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MAC address of source in RDP session

In a forensic analysis I analyzed the event logs of the affected machine and saw various RDP sessions from XYZ IP address. However to prove that the source IP was not spoofed is it possible that I ...
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Do USB flash drives delete a sector before writing to it?

I know that SSDs can't write to a non-empty sector, so must delete it first (and even support TRIM which resets them automatically after deletion). HDDs on the other, write to sectors before reseting ...
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How to make data in hard disk unrecoverable on linux [duplicate]

I need to wipe completely the data on my hard disk so it's unrecoverable. I'm actually using Linux, i have seen this command on the web, but I don't know if its secure. shred -zvn 35 /dev/sdb
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Deep international spy forensics: what hw really needs to be destroyed?

True Scenario: Representatives from the GCHQ went into The Guardian newspaper corporate office in London and demanded top secret data (leaked by Edward Snowden) be returned to authorities. The senior ...
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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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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 ...