Tag Archives: digital forensics

Pete Steege
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How crime investigators crack Full Disk Encryption

Full Disc Encryption, or FDE, is a perplexing problem for criminal investigators. Data stored on hard drives with FDE is fully encrypted on the drive. Without the password, investigators see nothing but a bunch of ones and zeroes.

How do crime fighters get access to this crucial evidence in content-based crimes like fraud, identity theft and child pornography?

Rather than a frontal assault, they look for a back door: copies of the evidence. Continue reading »

Pete Steege
Posted By: Pete Steege

SSDs can destroy fragile digital evidence

Two researchers from Australia have found that solid state drives (SSDs) can make digital evidence unusable. Turns out these devices have a mind of their own, and can accidentally destroy the chain of evidence without being told to do so.

Digital evidence is inherently fragile. Conscious care must be taken to successfully get it to trial. This is a challenge for those collecting suspicious content, but also effects evidence it as it makes its way through an investigation on the way to the courthouse. Continue reading »

Pete Steege
Posted By: Pete Steege

The newest weapon in fighting crimes against children: time

There’s a new weapon in fighting crimes against children: time.

Automated systems like Rimage’s Evidence Disc System that ingest and analyze stacks of discs are freeing up investigators like those at the Minneapolis PD to do more of what they were hired to do: prosecute criminals. Continue reading »