AboutDFIR Content Update 2/11/2021

The first AboutDFIR update of February 2021 is here: Tools & Artifacts - Android - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - DVR/Multimedia - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - iOS - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - Windows - new entries added AboutDFIR stickers are a thing! If you're interested in one, please let us know! Here's what they look like: I've been continuing lots of work on GitHub to help improve…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 5/7/2020

DigiCert hit as hackers wriggle through (patched) holes in buggy config tool DigiCert, slinger of SSL/TLS certificates, has warned that it too has suffered at the hands of Salty miscreants as a key used for Signed Certificate Timestamps (SCT) was potentially compromised. The company joins Ghost.org and LineageOS in being the target of ne'er do wells as attackers exploited a disclosed (and patched) vulnerability in the Salt configuration tool over the weekend, spraying exposed infrastructure with cryptocurrency mining software.…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 4/29/2020

Online auction of record-breaking whisky collection hit by cyber-attack A record-breaking online auction of rare whiskies has been postponed indefinitely after being targeted in a cyber-attack. The sale of Richard Gooding’s “The Perfect Collection” was marketed as “the largest and most unprecedented private whisky collection ever to be offered for public sale”. The first phase of the auction, consisting of more than 1,900 bottles, fetched more than £3.2m earlier this year. The second phase of…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 9/10/2019

Capital One hacker Paige Thompson pleads not guilty on all counts The alleged Capital One hacker Paige Thompson has pleaded not guilty to all charges on her first appearance in court. Appearing at the Western District of Washington federal court late last week, Thompson pleaded not guilty to charges that included wire fraud, and computer fraud and abuse. She could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison if convicted. A full trial is…
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Catching Up 3/19/2019

I’m overdue for an update, so here we go!  I came across some pretty cool stuff recently.  I know I’ve said this before, but it really is a fantastic time to be involved in DFIR! Nick Caldwell won me over with the very first article of his I came across, and he hasn’t disappointed me since!  He’s such a solid force of wisdom: https://hackernoon.com/the-worst-career-advice-i-ever-received-54aaf2a50c93 https://medium.com/@nickcaldwell/latest @NickCald Unless you live in a cave, you probably already knew this, but Eric…
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Reddit, Lets Talk About It

Sorry for the very long delay. Between heading out to DC to TA/Moderate the FOR585 class and work, it has been very chaotic! No excuse, but just very busy. One thing though that I have been working on has been reversing the Reddit App that came out about a year or so ago. Now, what really drew me to this is I'm not seeing a lot of support from the main forensic tools out there…
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So You Want to Get into DFIR? Private Sector Edition

So you've decided that public sector is just not for you. Nothing wrong with that! We just need to work on getting you ready for different suits. This is a different animal all together! If you have a love for white collar issues, you'll see there is no end to the work you can do. If you love threat hunting, this will be a joy! What am I going to work?  This is going to…
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Command Line or: How I learned to stop relying on GUI interfaces and love the syntax

So this is a little later than I thought I would post this, but life gets in the way! This is something very near and dear to me for a specific reason, my mentor was extremely anti GUI software. Not because he didn't understand (although he was about as G-Man you could imagine), but because he felt that to really understand the data, you needed to get into the weeds. Most vendor software out there…
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Playing Nice in the Sandbox Together

Tell me how many of these you've heard of: Blue Team, Red Team, Purple Team, Green Team, Sprinkles Team ...okay that last one I just made up. Also, why doesn't DFIR ever have its own "team?" I'm not going to explain them all to you, but yes, these are in-fact terms of explanation of the many facets of IT Security in some way. In the mil days, they were a way of distinguishing who would…
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So, who am I?

Many are probably wondering who I am and if this is worth their own time. My hope is that it will be! To start, I won't go into my background too much...if you want to know it you'll probably be able to ask around to put the pieces together. Also, I'm not of the kind of person who thinks degrees and certs make the person. Do I have those? Yes, I do. We will leave…
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Removing the Cloak

So I was basically challenged into starting up a blog in relation to giving back to the community. This was largely pushed by many of the SANS instructors within the digital forensics curriculum as there is a large gap within the field as a whole. Coming from my previous employer, this was just something that couldn't be done. We are always pushed to err on the side of caution while conducting any activity online as…
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Forensic 4:cast 2018

This year, I have been nominated by the #DFIR industry for two categories of the Forensic 4:Cast awards (https://forensic4cast.com/). Please vote for Devon Ackerman as "Digital Forensic Investigator of the Year" and vote for this website, AboutDFIR.com, for "Digital Forensic Resource of the Year" for 2018. Regardless of who you cast your Forensic 4:cast 2018 votes for, please consider joining Mary Ellen and I in Austin, Texas at the SANS conference to celebrate no matter…
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