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When No Conclusion Can Be A Conclusion

Tuesday, September 05, 2017 (11:18:49)
by James Zjalic

Before CCTV systems were conceived, eye-witness accounts were the only method of identifying a suspect based on their facial features. The pitfalls of this type of identification have been well documented numerous times with regard to the brain’s ability to both forget and modify what a person thinks they witnessed, due to the stress of the situation. It is not surprising therefore that estimations put this method of identification as the greatest factor in wrongful conviction proven by DNA testing.

Facial Comparison, also known as facial mapping, is a field that has seen increased prevalence over the last 20 years due to the proliferation of CCTV cameras in our towns and cities. It has the advantage of not being compromised by stress and the possibility of limiting biases as far as possible. The basic premise is to compare the face of a suspect from a CCTV recording with the face of an individual from a high-quality reference photo (such as a mugshot), to determine the possibility of them being the same person.

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Webinar: Information Overload: Navigating Information Risk

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 (10:11:50)
A recording of the webinar "Information Overload: Navigating Information Risk, Investigations & Privacy" is now online and available to view here.

Join the forum discussion here.
View the webinar on YouTube here.
Read a full transcript of the webinar here.
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Digital Forensics News August 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (10:32:09)
The Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference in San Antonio, TX is fast approaching! Forensic Focus members can enjoy a 30% discount on the registration price using the code FOCUSTX17.

HddSurgery have released new slim sets to deal with ultra slim drives.

DFRWS have published their forensic challenge for 2017-2018, focusing on IoT forensics.

Oxygen Forensic Detective now supports Telegram Cloud, as well as 39 other cloud services.

The latest issue of the Digital Investigation journal has been released.

Atola Technology have released Atola Insight Forensic 4.9.

Magnet Forensics have released a new white paper on Android acquisition methods.

Oleg Skulkin and Scar de Courcier have released the Windows Forensics Cookbook, which helps readers perform investigations on Windows machines.

MobileEDIT from Compelson now includes Phone Copier 4.1 for Android, allowing complete backups of Android devices.
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Forensic Focus Forum Round-Up

Monday, August 28, 2017 (12:59:40)
Welcome to this month’s round-up of recent posts to the Forensic Focus forums.

Forum members discuss how to use Kali to recover deleted files from an SD card.

Can you suggest a good tool for cloud email forensics?

How would you extract data from a Bluetooth credit card skimmer?

Forum members discuss INDX records in the NTFS MFT.

Can you help rcwi extract data from this camera?

Jpickens is running a poll to see what members’ day-to-day tasks look like.

How large a problem is people’s overestimation of forensic techniques? Add your thoughts in the forum.
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Ultra Slim Drives - A New Challenge For Computer Forensics

Monday, August 28, 2017 (10:57:48)
Seagate ultra slim drive is the newest generation of portable hard drives. Its very thin design, at just 9.6mm, a relatively large storage area, going up to 2TB, and a fast data transfer maximum of 120MB/s make it one of the most popular portable drives today.

Alongside the new Seagate drive is also the Western Digital ultra slim drive. This is an even thinner drive, with 5mm thickness it lives up to the name ultra slim.

These drives can have a storage up to 2TB, the same as Seagate, its RPM is 5400, which is very high considering the size of the drive, and it can operate in the temperature interval of 0° C to 60° C.

Oxygen Forensic Detective 9.5 Now Supports 40 Clouds With Addition Of Telegram

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 (14:06:03)
Oxygen Forensics, a worldwide developer and provider of advanced forensic data examination tools for mobile devices and cloud services, announced today that it now supports data extraction from 40 different cloud services with the addition of Telegram cloud for its flagship Oxygen Forensic® Detective 9.5 product.

Magnet Forensics Announces Magnet AXIOM Cloud

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 (16:46:34)
AXIOM Cloud will Offer Data Extraction for Cloud-Based Services

AXIOM to Become the Most Comprehensive, Integrated Digital Investigation Platform


Magnet Forensics, a global leader in developing forensic software for digital examinations, has announced it will add support for cloud evidence recovery and examination as a standalone product or an add-on to its premier platform Magnet AXIOM. Magnet AXIOM will now be the most comprehensive, integrated investigative platform for digital forensics.

The addition of cloud as a source for evidence will allow examiners to gather all digital evidence associated with a case and examine it all-in-one, integrated together, whether the evidence lived on a smartphone, the cloud, a computer, a USB drive, other removable media, or even IoT-related devices.

Physical Imaging Of A Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphone Running Android 7.0

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 (14:12:38)
by Oleg Skulkin & Igor Shorokhov

The release of Android Nougat has brought new challenges to mobile forensic examiners: the smartphones running this version most likely have encrypted partitions with users’ data, their bootloaders are locked and classic custom recovery acquisition, which is widely used especially for Samsung smartphones, may not work anymore. But thankfully, things are not always this bad for the examiners. From time to time we find some interesting and original ways to extract data on the physical level from the smartphones we examine. And of course it’s very important to share the knowledge, so we decided to show you a way to perform a physical acquisition of a Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone running Android 7.0.

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Digital Forensics as a Big Data Challenge

Monday, August 07, 2017 (14:17:44)
by Alessandro Guarino, StudioAG

Digital Forensics, as a science and part of the forensic sciences, is facing new challenges that may well render established models and practices obsolete. The dimensions of potential digital evidence supports has grown exponentially, be it hard disks in desktops and laptops or solid state memories in mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, even while latency times lag behind. Cloud services are now sources of potential evidence in a vast range of investigations and network traffic also follows a growing trend, and in cyber security the necessity of sifting through vast amount of data quickly is now paramount. On a higher level investigations – and intelligence analysis – can profit from sophisticated analysis of such datasets as social network structures, corpora of text to be analysed for authorship and attribution.

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Interview With Amber Schroader, CEO & Founder, Paraben

Thursday, August 03, 2017 (11:56:11)
Amber, you're the Founder and CEO of Paraben. What first drove you to start the company?

I had been in the digital forensics space for over 10 years prior to Paraben doing digital forensics. When I first started Paraben, it was a shareware company and when I took over as CEO, we moved to be a digital forensics company since that was my background. This space was always the one I wanted to develop tools for; it is the closest I can get to being Wonder Woman.

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