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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Detecting Steganography in images

I recently came across an odd JPEG file: Resolution 400x600 and a filesize of 2.9 MB. I got suspicious and suspected that there is some additional information hidden. I tried some straight forward ...
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What to do when I found a spyware that my spouse has installed?

Today I was trying to uninstall some application and I was very surprised to see this entry in my applications list Then I try to find what is this and I finally found it in "Program Files". After ...
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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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Can anonymizing techniques make you less anonymous?

There's a recent report in the news of a Harvard student who emailed in a bomb threat so as to postpone year-end exams. According to the report, he carefully covered his tracks using the best ...
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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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What should I do when classified information stayed on a unauthorized laptop?

Has anyone ever had to deal with an unauthorized laptop accidentally getting Top Secret level data on it? How did you quarantine the system. Were you required to turn in the entire laptop or were you ...
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Techniques for ensuring verifiability of event log files

Bit of newbie at the whole forensics stuff - but I'm trying to find out what I should have in place before an attack. While there is no end of material on the internet about forensics from seizure ...
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Is there a need to image the hard drive when using a write blocker?

Forensics books often recommend working on an image of the hard drive instead of the original drive. Should I take this precaution even if I use a write blocker? If so, why?
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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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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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What should be included in a jump bag and how often should it be reviewed?

What items should be included in a jump bag? How often do you review your jump bag?
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Can it be proved that two CDs were burned by different computers?

A friend of mine made a personal data CD. Days later he found a copy elsewhere. He wants to prove the copy didn't come from his computer, but that someone took the CD and copied it from another ...
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Defamatory post - obtaining evidence tracing perpetrator right to his laptop

A month ago, someone posted an ad with my personal details, including my home address, my phone number and my photo on an ad with very a very defamatory write up. What followed was a week of calls ...
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Did someone really plug an iphone in, or are these symptoms of an exploit attempt?

My syslog indicates that someone plugged an iPhone USB device into my desktop at 4am today, for about 10 minutes. I'm checking physical security logs to see if there was someone in the room, but in ...
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How to recover securely deleted data

Since we all know files are recoverable with programs after being deleted from the recycling bin, everyone is told to do secure wipes by putting random data over the files you're deleting on the disk ...
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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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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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Scanning for files than have been encrypted by CryptoLocker

I am just asking in case someone has already done the analysis. A customer has a large set of network drives that were mapped to a CryptoLocker infected machine. The infection itself has been treated. ...
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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 ...
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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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Looking for signs of forensics - Assuming they didn't do the smart thing

I'm getting my hands on a system (one laptop, one hard drive) that were in custody of a LEO for a fairly significant period of time. The laptop runs windows XP professional, with a recovery partition, ...
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Finding artifacts of software

I was wondering if there is an established way to know what a running 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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How to manually check for rootkits on a server

Does anyone have a general step by step list on how to try discover rootkits on a Linux or Solaris server? I'm looking for to to manually find the rootkit, not by automated software. For example: ...
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Forensic research: What OS to use [closed]

I have been given an assignment from my school, in wich I have been given a Virtual image of a compromised system. The first thing I need to do is setup a environment to wich we can mount the image. I ...
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Possible Rogue Admin

This does not involve me directly. However a friend believes her files are being tampered with and/or deleted by the only Windows domain admin there. (She has since kept backups) This started after ...
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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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Magnet to wipe HDD [duplicate]

This question is for HDD, not SDD. Would a Neodymium magnet like this one be strong enough to wipe the contents of a hard disk drive? How long would such an act take to destroy any data so it's not ...
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How can I secure my log files?

I have a cool tool that displays my syslog and kernellog on my mac's desktop. This has me concerned about what is written in them - I'm staring to feel like they are creating a hole in my privacy. I ...
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How long would a computer have to be off to be resistant to a cold boot attack?

I understand that the longer a computer is off, the more resistant it is to a cold boot attack. I also understand that an AES key can be reconstructed from a redundant round key schedule even after a ...
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How do I forensically determine whether a mobile phone has been infected with a spy suite?

What is the best way of forensically determining that spyware software has been installed on the phones without making any changes to the phone(s)? I have Blackberry and iPhone 4 phones that are ...
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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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What does a court need to successfully prosecute a hacker? Please cite previous cases if possible

Once a business decides it is worthwhile to persue legal action against the attacker, what information and processes should be followed so that: Integrity of the investigation is maintained The ...
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Anti-live forensic programs

Against dead forensics acquisition we can use disk encryption (we can use TrueCrypt for example). I was wondering do software exists against live forensic ? Can you give me a list for windows and ...
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“Fingerprinting” and human error

Pretend for a moment I am investigating an attack. I find errors in the attack method (mistakes made by the human attacking my network/computer). I compile a database of these "mistakes" treating ...
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How can I view the NTFS $MFT using correct field names?

I am trying to view an NTFS master file table. Each tool I have used so far extracts all of the entries, but puts non standard headers such as STANDARD_INFORMATION_ON instead of say ...
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Methods of cold boot attacks in the wild

As far as I know, there are two methods for performing cold boot attacks: Reboot the system into an alternate operating system or BIOS with a minimal memory footprint which automatically exports ...
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Appropriate defense for 404s in my logs - persistent web scans from one region

This seems to be a fairly easy question to figure out, but I wanted to make sure. I've got about a thousand entries on one of my web servers with phpmyadmin in the connection criterion, but as I ...
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Retrieving OSx Keychain passwords

I have a computer forensics style osx login.keychain file that I am trying to find the passwords from. I have a very weak mac which I used crowbarkc on to try and brute force but the horsepower is ...
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Hard disk forensics - Format & Image tracks

Having no experience in computer forensics, I'd like to know whether it's possible for someone to track if a laptop's HDD/partition has recently been formatted OR had a ghost image deployed. Any ...
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How to find passwords in memory (password managers)

I’m trying to figure out if password managers such as last pass store passwords in plain text (or hash values that can then be decrypted with the master password) in memory after a user logs into the ...
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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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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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Tool to grab sensitive information from command lines [closed]

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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What is it called when you give hackers a way in?

Is there a name for a system that is designed to be hacked into? (Alternatively, there may be a different name for a system that is designed to look like it is hacked in to, but is actually just ...
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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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Special form of file system to prevent recovering after secure wipe data

I'm looking for file system with reasonably error corrections, but rugged against forensic after wipe. Say, encrypted container via loop mounted like ext4 - journal file system. This is good ...
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What on earth is this log entry in Apache?

error.log - Apache/2.2.17 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.2.17 OpenSSL/0.9.8g mod_fastcgi/2.4.6 mod_fcgid/2.3.4 [Mon Oct 10 22:35:18 2011] [error] [client 91.212.226.95] (36)File name too long: access to ...
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Is the content of my RAM kept if the OS is shut down but the PC is still running?

I just asked myself if the content of my RAM is kept when I shut down the OS but the PC is still running. For example when I do apply updates they sometimes require a reboot. Is the informaiton that ...
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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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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 ...