It's been a busy time in digital forensics and incident response (DFIR). Every summer, for over 20 years, infosec and forensicators and old school hackers have gathered in Las Vegas. A mixture of very deep tech talks, trainings, and technology oriented distractions "flood the zone" in Las Vegas. Close to 15-20,000 people were in Las Vegas this summer for what has now evolved into three separate conferences, all in the same week.
July 27th was the start of Black Hat atCaesars Palace in Las Vegas. The conference kicks off with training in the last weekend of the month, and finishes onWednesday, July 31st and Thursday, August 1st, with lectures and technical demonstrations, called "Black Hat Briefings." This year, in the wake of the NSA/Snowden rowe, NSA Director, General Keith Alexander gave the opening keynote. Black Hat was more corporate than ever, with more sponsor banners, and sponsor-generated talks (disclosed by the organizers, and placed in a separate area, bravo!)
This week's edition of CaseLeads features a report on emerging cyber threats, another report about malware and vulnerabilities,research about the head of a new anti-virus firm, updates to the Oxygen Forensics Suite and Memoryze for the Mac. There's also a story about how email led to several discoveries in the case of theCIA director that recently resigned and an article about Skype and personal information.
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This week's Digital Forensic Case Leads is chock full of forensics nuggets. Links to great forensics tools for encryption detection and memory extraction, plus a how-to for breaking/auditing the OS X Keychain. You will also find an analysis of the Samsung v. Apple patent case from a digital forensics perspective, with IP Attorney Ben Langlotz. And, as our headline promises, news and analysis on the latest alleged attacks by "Anonymous" and their affiliates. Your reporter this week explains how BOTH the Anon group AND the Fed's denials, could both be true.
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- AccessData Group just released a new version of their forensics and investigation tool for mobile devices, MPE+. According the AccessData: " In addition to greatly improving mobile device investigations, MPE+ is the first
The Paraben Forensics Innovator's Conference was held last week in Park City, Utah. Your SANS Digital Forensic blogger attended the event, along with over 300 fellow, forensicators and lawyers. With information security events like BlackHat, and DefCon drawing thousands, this is yet another small event that has many advantages over the larger conferences.
At these smaller conferences you really get a chance to spend time with the same people. At PFIC, one of the attendees I met had an interesting incident at the office, and we were able to spend the time to discuss the case. And, these smaller events allow for more comparing of notes from different sessions over lunch. It's so much more difficult to get to really know someone at large conferences, with so many sessions and so many vendor events. Even the lunch events are like an army chow line at the large
A web application flaw was announced late Wednesday that appears to impact users of the 3G Apple iPad. According to press reports, AT&T is rushing in a forensic team in an attempt to determine the damage the flaw may have inflicted.
Gadget blog Gizmodo reports that a flaw in web application used to sign onto to an Apple/AT&T 3G iPad account allows an attacker to get into the account by incrementing the serial numbers on the SIM card on 3G iPads. It is not unusual for a web development team to not focus on using secure methods like using random numbers in generating web sessions. If there is no web application security team in place, these flaws can live on for years in web applications and sites.
AT&T claims that the team that discovered the flaw did not use responsible disclosure to alert AT&T and Apple about the flaw before going public. AT&T said that they closed this