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Forensic Browser for SQLite – Creating a Custom Report

In this article I will take you step by step through the process of creating a custom, but simple, report on a Kik messenger database using the Forensic Browser for SQLite.

As we work through the process we will chose which columns we think will be useful in our report and modify our report by creating simple visual SQL joins on different tables displaying numerics as timezone adjusted dates and importing pictures saved in external binary PLists.

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Guidance Software EnCase® Wins 2015 SC Awards Europe for Best Computer Forensics

Guidance Software, Inc. (GUID) has had its EnCase® software named “Best Computer Forensics Solution” at the 2015 SC Awards Europe Awards. Each year, hundreds of products are entered in the Excellence Awards: Threat Solutions categories. Each product is judged by a panel representing a cross-section of SC Magazine readership, which is comprised of large, medium and small enterprises from all major vertical markets including financial services, healthcare, government, retail, education and other sectors. This recognition was the latest in a series of awards that Guidance Software has recently earned.

Guidance Software’s EnCase® software solution is a powerful, judicially accepted platform that provides the foundation for corporations, government agencies and law enforcement to conduct thorough and effective digital investigations of any kind, including intellectual property theft, incident response and compliance—all while maintaining the forensic integrity of the data.Posted: 30 June 2015

Solution for the Jammed Motor on Hard Drives

Introduction of the fluid bearings hasn’t completely eliminated all possibilities for the motor failures during HDD operation. Currently, the biggest problem in this area is the jammed spindle in the bearing housing.

This defect occurs mostly due to shocks or falls of HDD during the operation. Hard drives from Seagate 7200.11 and 7200.10 families are especially prone to this type of malfunction.

HddSurgery, as a company which develops tools and “know-how” solutions in data recovery, worked on solving the HDD spindle motor problem for almost two years.Posted: 30 June 2015

Webinar: Analyzing Evidence From Mobile Devices, Including Hidden/Deleted Data

A recording of the webinar “Analyzing Evidence From Mobile Devices, Including Hidden and Deleted Data” is now online and available to view here.

Join the forum discussion here.
View the webinar on YouTube here.
Read a full transcript here.Posted: 26 June 2015

Major Cybercrime Ring Dismantled By Joint Investigation Team

A joint investigation team consisting of investigators and judicial authorities from six different European countries, supported by Europol and Eurojust, has taken down a major cybercriminal group during a coordinated action in Ukraine. With on-the-spot support from Europol, Austrian and Belgian law enforcement and judicial authorities, the action in Ukraine on 18 and 19 June resulted in the arrest of five suspects, eight house searches in four different cities, and the seizure of computer equipment and other devices for further forensic examination.

The aim of this JIT was to target high-level cybercriminals and their accomplices who are suspected of developing, exploiting and distributing Zeus and SpyEye malware – two well-known banking Trojans – as well as channelling and cashing-out the proceeds of their crimes.

Read (Europol)Posted: 25 June 2015

Computer Ransom Hacker Jailed In New York

A Swedish man who created malware which infected half a million computers around the world has been jailed in New York.

Alex Yucel, 25, owned the Blackshade organisation which sold sophisticated software to thousands of hackers in more than 100 countries. The program allowed hackers to access private photographs, passwords, and spy on victims through webcams. Data could also be locked, with victims then sent “ransom notes” to extort money.

In some cases, hackers obtained access to webcams to spy inside private homes, and victims could also be harassed using messages which computers would read aloud.

Read (Sky News)Posted: 25 June 2015

Inside Scotland Yard’s Communications Intelligence Unit

At a police building in south London, which I’ve been asked not to identify, I’m led through security gates, into the lift, up several floors and along a corridor to Scotland Yard’s Communications Intelligence Unit.

A sign on the door says No Unauthorised Access, but police have invited me in because they want to set the record straight. What they do here is not about snooping on our calls and emails, they say – it’s about saving lives. A whiteboard lists the priority cases, known as Grade Ones, where there is an immediate threat to someone’s life…

Read (BBC News)Posted: 25 June 2015

Job Vacancy: MediaClone Seeking a Sales Rep – Los Angeles, CA

MediaClone is seeking a Sales Rep. to sell the MediaClone Forensic line of products to a wide variety of potentials customers, including many US government branches, and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as e-Discovery and legal support services, Corporate Cyber Security departments. The company is also looking to develop online sales channels for the IT markets and pursue sales relationships with many IT resellers.

The ideal candidate is a professional, with a confident and pleasant phone presence, with experience conducting on-line presentations and product demonstrations. The candidate should also have extensive knowledge of and at least 5 years’ experience selling products in computer forensic markets.

Read MorePosted: 24 June 2015