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AboutDFIR Blog Posts Archive

AboutDFIR Content Update 9/11/2021

Cassie bringing the update this week! I'm immersing myself in the DFIR world so it made sense to couple that up with some research and doing the Site Update was a perfect excuse to make it happen. On September 21st, Josh Mitchell and Andrew will be putting on a Webinar regarding the new DFIR artifact they've been researching called EventTranscript.db. Register for the webinar here! As always, you can find Andrew and his work on…
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First Time GIAC: Studying for the GCFE

Reading about SANS courses and GIAC certifications prior to this experience was a little overwhelming. Depending on dozens of factors, people that post online seem to have either a good or terrible experience. Forums say anything from “agonize over every word” to “passed without the class” with not enough background to quickly figure out what side of the spectrum you might be on.  So, I’ll put that up front: In my current role, I am…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 08/27/2021

Quantum computers could read all your encrypted data. This 'quantum-safe' VPN aims to stop that To protect our private communications from future attacks by quantum computers, Verizon is trialing the use of next-generation cryptography keys to protect the virtual private networks (VPNs) that are used every day by companies around the world to prevent hacking. Verizon implemented what it describes as a "quantum-safe" VPN between one of the company's labs in London in the UK and a US-based…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 8/26/2021

The Forensic 4:cast Awards update is here: Jobs - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - Android - 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:   My colleague Josh Mitchell and I will be putting on a Webinar regarding the new DFIR…
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SOF-ELK and Integration with KAPE

Archer: FX  Amazing how fast time flies when you're juggling so much during the trying times we all have since 2020! At at the time of publishing this article, we are all still facing a lot of uncertainties. I hope time has been gracious to you all...and continues to be!  Why this post?  As we push through some very trying times in the Digital Forensic and Incident Response world, there are two things I've experienced…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 8/8/2021

A huge backend update to AboutDFIR has arrived: Migration of all data tables on the site from WPDataTables to TablePress Main benefit: data within the tables are now searchable sitewide! As a result, most tables were refined in some form or another Tools & Artifacts - Android - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - iOS - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - Windows - new entries added AboutDFIR stickers are a thing! If…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 7/26/2021

The Forensic 4:cast Awards update is here: Awards - updated for 2020 Awards that just occurred as well as adjusted years to be more accurate Certifications & Training - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - Windows - new entries added Tool Testing - new entries added AboutDFIR stickers are a thing! If you're interested in one, please let us know! Here's what they look like: The 2021 Forensic 4:cast Awards were last week. AboutDFIR…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 7/15/2021

AboutDFIR's mid-July update arrives: Tools & Artifacts - Android - 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: The 2021 Forensic 4:cast Awards voting period is open! Please be sure to vote for AboutDFIR if you feel we've served you well in 2020!…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 7/2/2021

The first update of July arrives: Tools & Artifacts - Android - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - DVR/Multimedia- new entries added Tools & Artifacts - File Systems - 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: The 2021 Forensic 4:cast Awards…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 6/19/2021

Lots of Windows artifact updates this week: Tools & Artifacts - DVR/Multimedia- 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: The 2021 Forensic 4:cast Awards voting period is open! Please be sure to vote for AboutDFIR if you feel we've served you well in 2020! Vote here! I've been continuing lots of…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 06/11/2021

How to Protect Seniors Against Cybercrimes and Scams Many of the crimes that occur in real life happen on the internet too. Credit card fraud, identity theft, embezzlement, and more, all can be and are being done online. Seniors and the elderly are often targeted for these cybercrimes. They tend to be more trusting than younger people and usually have better credit, and more wealth. This makes them more attractive to scammers. Seniors are considered…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 6/5/2021

The first update of June awaits: Tools & Artifacts - Android - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - DVR/Multimedia- new entries added Tools & Artifacts - iOS - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - macOS - 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: Sorry for the delay in posting.…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 5/8/2021

The first update of May awaits: Tools & Artifacts - Android - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - Linux - 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: The 2021 Forensic 4:cast Awards are open for the year 2020. If you feel that AboutDFIR served you well in 2020, we would…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 4/19/2021

Yet another AboutDFIR update: KAPE Guide - new links added Timeline Explorer Guide - new links added Tools & Artifacts - Android - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - DVR/Multimedia - 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: The 2021 Forensic 4:cast Awards are open for the year 2020. If…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 4/10/2021

The first update of April is below: Awards - updated with info about the Forensic 4:cast Awards for 2021 Certifications & Training - new entries added 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…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 3/27/2021

The "I can't believe March is almost over already" update: Awards - updated with info about the Forensic 4:cast Awards for 2021 Certifications & Training - 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: The 2021 Forensic 4:cast Awards are open for the year 2020. If you feel that AboutDFIR served you…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 3/12/2021

The "I can't believe March is halfway over already" update: Annual Industry Reports - lots of new entries added Tool Testing - new images for macOS and iOS 14 from Josh Hickman Tools & Artifacts - Android - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - File Systems - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - iOS - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - Windows - new entries added AboutDFIR stickers are a thing! If…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 2/21/2021

The second AboutDFIR update of February 2021 is here: Tool Testing - new images for macOS and iOS 14 from Josh Hickman 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: Not a lot of sections of the site updated this week, but lots of new, useful content added within those two sections. Check them out!…
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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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AboutDFIR Content Update 1/29/2021

Yet Another AboutDFIR Update: Tools & Artifacts - Android - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - DVR/Multimedia - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - macOS - 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 the KAPE, RECmd, and EVTXECmd…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 1/12/2021

The first update of 2021 is here: KAPE Guide - added links to KAPE Target Guide and Template Tools & Artifacts - Android - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - File Systems - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - iOS - new entries added AboutDFIR stickers are a thing! If you're interested in one, please let us know! Here's what they look like: For those who use Eric Zimmerman's Tools, make sure you're…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 12/31/2020

Happy (almost) New Year and with that, the last update of 2020: Annual Industry Reports - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - Android - 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: 2020 was an awesome year for AboutDFIR. We saw the…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 12/18/2020

Likely the last site update post of the year: Tools & Artifacts - iOS - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - macOS - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - Windows - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - Linux - new entries added AboutDFIR stickers are a thing! If you're interested in one, please let us know! Here's what they look like: This week saw the release of the MFT Explorer/MFTECmd Guide. Check…
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Introducing AboutDFIR’s MFT Explorer/MFTECmd Guide

Greetings everyone! I’ve been working on a detailed guide geared towards LE/Private Sector examiners who’ve never used MFT Explorer/MFTECmd before as well as anyone looking to learn what the tool is all about. Learning a new tool is intimidating and can be frustrating, but hopefully this guide will make things easier. The MFT Explorer/MFTECmd Guide comes on the heels of the previous guides I put together recently: KAPE, Timeline Explorer, and Registry Explorer/RECmd. All guides,…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 12/5/2020

After a short break, we're back: Tools & Artifacts - DVR/Multimedia - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - iOS - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - macOS - 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 finally put the GCFA behind me and thankfully I passed! I will be…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 11/21/2020

After a short break, we're back: Tools & Artifacts - DVR/Multimedia - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - File Systems- 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 finally put the GCFA behind me and thankfully I passed! I will be…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 11/7/2020

Happy November! A short update this week: Tools & Artifacts - File Systems- 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 am going to be taking my GCFA in a couple weeks so updates may be sparse between now and then. Once I (hopefully) pass the GCFA, look for an update…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! A summary of recent updates: KAPE - various updates/fixes Timeline Explorer - various updates/fixes Tools & Artifacts - Android - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - iOS - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - macOS - 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: My guide for Registry…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 10/23/2020

Greetings! A relatively small update this week: 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: Check out Devon Ackerman's recent appearance on the Forensic Happy Hour with Lee Reiber here! My guide for Registry Explorer/RECmd went up earlier this month! Check it out here as well as my KAPE and Timeline Explorer guides. Look for…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 10/16/2020

Greetings! Another week, another content update: Tools & Artifacts - Android - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - iOS - new entries added Tool Testing - added Josh Hickman's new Android 11 image AboutDFIR stickers are a thing! If you're interested in one, please let us know! Here's what they look like: Check out Devon Ackerman's appearance on the Forensic Happy Hour with Lee Reiber here! My guide for Registry Explorer/RECmd has been posted!…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 10/7/2020

Greetings! Another week, another content update: Tools & Artifacts - Tools - Registry Explorer/RECmd- new guide added! Tools & Artifacts - iOS - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - Linux - 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 recently put together an AboutDFIR LinkedIn page AND a Digital Forensics Discord…
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Introducing AboutDFIR’s Registry Explorer/RECmd Guide

Greetings everyone! I’ve been working on a detailed guide geared towards LE/Private Sector examiners who’ve never used Registry Explorer/RECmd before as well as anyone looking to learn what the tool is all about. Learning a new tool is intimidating and can be frustrating, but hopefully this guide will make things easier. The Registry Explorer/RECmd Guide comes on the heels of the previous guides I put together recently: KAPE and Timeline Explorer . All guides, current…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 9/30/2020

Greetings! Yet another content update: Tools & Artifacts - Android - 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 recently put together an AboutDFIR LinkedIn page AND a Digital Forensics Discord Server LinkedIn page. Please follow both if you want to stay…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 9/24/2020

Greetings! Yet another content update: Tools & Artifacts - iOS - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - macOS - 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 recently put together an AboutDFIR LinkedIn page AND a Digital Forensics Discord Server LinkedIn page recently. Please follow both if you want to…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 9/16/2020

Greetings! Yet another content update: Challenges & CTFs - complete revamping! 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 recently put out a guide that covers Timeline Explorer in great detail with lots of animated GIFs to paint a better picture on how to use…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 9/7/2020

Greetings! Yet another content update: Social Media - new entries added 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 recently put out a guide that covers Timeline…
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Join Devon Ackerman on Cache Up

Cache Up is a series ran by Jessica Hyde of Magnet Forensics. Our very own Devon Ackerman will be featured on the Tuesday, September 8th episode at 1100 hours EST. If you can't make it live, then watch the recording on the Magnet Forensics YouTube channel in the Cache Up playlist. See you there! EDIT: Link is now posted here.
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AboutDFIR Content Update 9/2/2020

Greetings! Another content update: Tools & Artifacts - iOS - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - Android - 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 recently put out a guide that covers Timeline Explorer in great detail with lots of animated GIFs to paint a better picture on how…
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Introducing the AboutDFIR LinkedIn Page!

This has been a long time coming but there now is an AboutDFIR LinkedIn page for you to follow for the latest blog posts, pages, and new DFIR content! We look forward to connecting with you. Speaking of keeping up to date, don't forget the AboutDFIR RSS Starter Pack exists! Keep up to date with all the most relevant DFIR newsfeeds all in once place!
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AboutDFIR Content Update 8/26/2020

Greetings! Short content update this week: Jobs - lots of new jobs added KAPE - fixed potentially broken links in Table of Contents Tools & Artifacts - Android - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - DVR/Multimedia - 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 recently put out a guide that covers Timeline Explorer in great detail with lots…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 8/21/2020

Greetings! Short content update this week: Jobs - lots of new jobs added KAPE - added new links, refined a few details, etc AboutDFIR stickers are a thing! If you're interested in one, please let us know! Here's what they look like: I recently put out a guide that covers Timeline Explorer in great detail with lots of animated GIFs to paint a better picture on how to use it! Check it out here. Also,…
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Introducing AboutDFIR’s Timeline Explorer Guide

Greetings everyone! I’ve been working on a detailed guide geared towards LE/Private Sector examiners who’ve never used Timeline Explorer before as well as anyone looking to learn what the tool is all about. Learning a new tool is intimidating and can be frustrating, but hopefully this guide will make things easier. This guide for Timeline Explorer comes on the heels of last month's release of the KAPE Guide. It can also be currently located in…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 8/15/2020

Greetings! Short update this week: Jobs - lots of new jobs have been posted lately 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 recently put out a guide that covers KAPE in great detail with lots of animated GIFs to paint a better picture on…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 8/8/2020

Greetings! Short update this week: Jobs - lots of new jobs have been posted lately Tools & Artifacts - iOS - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - DVR/Multimedia - 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 recently put out a guide that covers KAPE in great detail with lots…
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SANS FOR508: A Review

Introduction I recently attended the SANS DFIR Summit 2020 and took FOR508 with Chad Tilbury. I elected to take the GCFA certification which I am currently preparing for and creating my index similar to how I laid out in a previous blog post. At Kroll, FOR500 and FOR508 are our daily bread and butter so I was very excited to finally take FOR508. LiveOnline Review First things first, let's cover the new format SANS is…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 7/31/2020

Greetings! Short update this week: Jobs - lots of new jobs added Tools & Artifacts - iOS - 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 recently put out a guide that covers KAPE in great detail with lots of animated GIFs to paint a better picture on how to use it! Check it out here. Also, if you're not…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 7/23/2020

Greetings! Yet another content update: Awards - page updated to reflect 2020 Forensic 4:cast Awards results Social Media - new entries added Tools & Artifacts - macOS - 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 recently put out a guide that…
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Introducing AboutDFIR’s KAPE Guide

Greetings everyone! I've been working on a detailed guide geared towards LE/Private Sector examiners who've never used KAPE before as well as anyone looking to learn what the tool is all about. Learning a new tool is intimidating and can be frustrating, but hopefully this guide will make things easier. The guide can be found here. It can also be currently located in the site's recently redesigned menu via Tools & Artifacts -> Tools ->…
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AboutDFIR Content Update 7/18/2020

Greetings! A smaller update this week:  Annual Industry Reports - new entries added Tools and Artifacts - menu section reworked in preparation for upcoming additions to the site AboutDFIR stickers are a thing! If you're interested in one, please let us know! Here's what they look like: The Forensic 4:cast Awards' were presented today and the community voted the Digital Forensics Discord Server as DFIR Resource of the Year! Thank you to all the support…
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