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Interview With Joe Sylve, Director Of Research And Development, BlackBag

Monday, March 16, 2020 (14:46:46)
Joe, your BlackBag profile describes how you "drive innovation and pursue emerging areas of research" as Director of Research & Development. Can you describe for us what your day-to-day looks like?

Usually I’m managing shifting priorities, so there’s not always a “typical” day for me. Some days I spend my days in IDA Pro, reverse engineering OS subsystems to learn how on-disk artifacts can be analyzed. Other days, I’m mostly wearing my developer hat and writing code that will eventually be integrated into the backend of BlackBag’s tools.

As with all things research, our initial approach doesn’t always work out, so there’s a lot of lessons learned and iteration going on behind the scenes.

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Get Audio Redaction In The Latest Amped FIVE Update 16112

Friday, March 13, 2020 (21:13:41)
Amped Software announced the release of another update to Amped FIVE, our one-stop toolkit for all your video and image enhancement needs. Update 16112 includes some exciting new features. Our users will be happy to know that Amped FIVE now includes an Audio Panel and with that the highly requested Audio Redaction feature. We've also included the option for selecting the quality of a H.264 output file allowing you to have more choice regarding quality when using this format within this filter, and much much more.

10 Quick Facts About Oxygen Forensic Cloud Extractor

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 (15:01:17)
In October 2014, Oxygen Forensics changed the DFIR landscape by bringing the first Cloud extraction tool to the forensic industry. This innovative, and included utility, was available within the powerful Oxygen Forensic® Detective software and allowed acquisition of data from Google, iCloud, and Microsoft cloud services, as well as Box, Dropbox and Bitcasa. Since then, cloud services have evolved – and so have we. Many digital forensic companies jumped onto the “cloud bandwagon” and now offer a cloud extractor. However, what still remains true, and only provided by Oxygen, is the fact Oxygen Forensic Detective is the only software that has a Cloud Extractor built into the software at no additional charge.

Let’s go through the 10 most important things investigators need to know about our Oxygen Forensic® Cloud Extractor!

Sarah Edwards On iOS Forensics And APOLLO

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 (13:46:15)
Christa: Hello and welcome to the Forensic Focus podcast. Monthly we interview experts from the digital forensics and incident response community on a host of topics ranging from technical aspects to career soft skills. I'm your host, Christa Miller.

Today we're talking with Sarah Edwards, senior digital forensics researcher at BlackBag Technologies. Sarah works in the DC Metro area and specializes in Mac and mobile forensics. She has worked with various federal law enforcement agencies and has performed a variety of investigations including computer intrusions, criminal intelligence, and terrorism products.

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NIST Test Results For Mobile Device Acquisition Tools - MSAB XRY

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 (13:22:55)
The results are out. The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has published its report on the performance of XRY 8.1.0 in recovering and analyzing mobile device data using JTAG and chip off methods. This is part of NIST’s ongoing Digital Forensic Tool Testing Program, which law enforcement agencies rely on to validate their tools.

Download the report at: http://bit.ly/2ToRrln

Interview With Francis De Giorgio, Director Of Product Development, Susteen

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 (13:39:10)
Francis, tell us about your product development role. Where did you work previously, and what drew you to Susteen?

I always enjoy a good David versus Goliath challenge and have had the privilege over the last 25 years to work with some amazing companies and people to deliver on their dreams and ideas.

What drew me to Susteen was Steve, the company’s President. I’m working for a great 20-year Microsoft Managed Partner, managing and developing leading edge .NET, Azure and IoT applications, and I was invited to a technology round table that Steve belonged to, and we hit it off right away.

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Opinion: When Vendors Hire Research Talent, Where Does It Leave Research?

Monday, March 09, 2020 (13:08:55)
by Christa Miller

In the second half of 2019, a set of hirings made some waves in the digital forensics community. First, in July, Cellebrite hired well-known SANS Senior Instructor Heather Mahalik. Then in August, Mike Williamson joined Jessica Hyde, Christopher Vance, and others at Magnet Forensics. In December, the set completed when BlackBag Technologies hired likewise well-known SANS Senior Instructor Sarah Edwards.

“Name” researchers going to work for vendors is nothing new, of course. Amber Schroader founded Paraben in 1999; Lee Reiber took over as Oxygen Forensics’ Chief Operations Officer in 2015, while Edwards’ transition to BlackBag put her in the already well-established research powerhouse of Vico Marziale and Joe Sylve.

Then Cellebrite acquired BlackBag, consolidating that powerhouse together with Mahalik and a formidable R&D team. With that, the talent acquisition process began to feel more like a research ring match, with Cellebrite and Magnet Forensics trying to knock each other’s blocks off. Where does that leave research itself?

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Ask About Checkm8 And Checkra1n

Friday, March 06, 2020 (14:21:59)
by Oxygen Forensics

What’s Checkm8?

Checkm8 is an exploit (program exploiting OS or hardware vulnerabilities) aimed at obtaining access to the execution of its own software code at the earliest stage of iOS device loading.

What makes it stand out?

The richness, and honestly the hype, surrounding Checkm8 is that the vulnerability on which it is based cannot be patched by software (update or change) as it is incorporated in code from read-only memory, which cannot be rewritten, at the stage of manufacturing a device chip. This means that all iOS devices prone to this vulnerability will always remain vulnerable, regardless of the iOS version.

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BlackLight R3 From BlackBag

Thursday, March 05, 2020 (16:12:43)
by Jade James

BlackLight is a simple but smart investigation tool which allows examiners to quickly analyse computer systems and mobile devices. Searching is made easy with advanced filtering to sift through large data sets. The tool is aimed at law enforcement and federal agencies as well as corporations.

BlackLight R3 supports processing of the latest Mac systems including T2 chip, Fusion and encrypted devices. Examiners can also review history in APFS snapshots and Time machine backups.

Continuing support for Windows systems means that examiners can review, analyse and parse certain artifacts such as volume shadow copies, the registry, recent documents, the recycle bin, and much more.

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Forensic Tools For Investigating Child Sexual Abuse Material

Tuesday, March 03, 2020 (16:43:22)
Laura Sanchez discusses her research at DFRWS US 2019.

Hello, I'm Laura Sanchez and I'm a graduate researcher at the University of New Haven. And I'll be presenting the results of our survey that was conducted by my colleagues.

Our paper is a practitioner survey exploring the value of forensic tools, AI filtering and safer presentation for investigating child sexual abuse material or CSAM, believe it or not, that is actually a modified version of our original title. So our agenda for today is just a brief introduction, previous work survey, how the survey was designed, our results, challenges, future work and acknowledgements. So we decided to do some research in this particular area for those investigating child exploitation cases and we found two particular issues for those investigating these cases.

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