This week’s edition of SANS Case Leads won’t fill your hard drive up with tools but will stimulate your memory with lots of interesting #DFIR reads and news. For instance the HTCIA conference is offering a FREE Day Pass for the Vendor Expo.There will be OVER 60 BOOTHS THIS YEAR where vendors will be showcasing the newest products and services in the industry. Also, register for this month’s Fresh Prints of Mal-ware webinar hosted by Mandiant on August 30.
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- viaExtract now supports cracking Android (brute force) or ICS and Jellybean.
- Registry Decoder 1.4 Released and Updated Registry Decoder Live.
- Recovering tmpfs with Volatility.
- Jimmy Weg posted a blog about How to examime Shadow Volumes without VMware.
- Cindy Murphy: ublushed an excelled post bon the CDFS blog about experts and expertise. Cindy & CDFS would like to have others comment on their own court experiences. In particular, they are interested in learning about issues that CDFS may want to address collectively in some way.
- Yogesh Khatri documented Tracking USB First insertion in Event logs
- Harlan Carvey posted a good read on ShellBag analysis.
- Password security can improve, but the hackers will still get in.
- Rootkits Defined: What They Are and How They Can Be Used Maliciously.
- Paul Bobby posted about an Alternative to Typed URLs
- Data Breach? React to the Attack.
- Inside a ‘Reveton’ Ransomware Operation.
- Create a cyber security plan for your business.
- Targeted attacks are typically all about spying, stealing information, or politically motivated protest, but not this latest one: A new attack is all about total annihilation of the data rather than theft.
- Hackers Encrypt Health Records and Hold Data for Ransom.
- Feds ask for public help in child porn case.
- Manhattan D.A.’s Cybercrime Unit Gets $4 Million-Plus Lab.
- Hackers steal 500,000 credit card details from Australian business, damage expected to top $25m.
- Scottish Terrorist and Two Hackers Charged University of Pittsburgh Bomb Threats.
- New Zealand court says FBI must disclose MegaUpload evidence.
- Reuters blogging platform hacked, false Saudi blog posted.
- The government has decided not to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a divided appeals court ruling in a criminal case that drew attention to a 28-year-old computer hacking law that critics argue is being used too broadly.
- PNP gets cyber-forensics training from US Embassy.
- Doesn’t appear to be a new approach, researchers in Greece have discovered a security loophole that exploits the way computer memory works and could be used to harvest passwords and other sensitive data.
- Strong Encryption Makes iPhone Difficult for Security Agencies to Crack.
- Republicans in the Senate blocked the passage of a comprehensive cybersecurity bill earlier this month claiming its requirements on businesses to report attacks by hackers and foreign governments and adopt minimum security standards would hinder business innovation.
- A group of about 30 young people will attend a cyber security boot camp next month set up by the organisations responsible for the Cyber Security Challenge.
- The head of Iran’s Presidential Center for International Legal Affairs has announced that Iran plans to bring legal action against those that launched cyber attacks against their uranium enrichment equipment.
- New Zealand said it was considering making cyber-bullying a criminal offence amid concerns that existing laws offer inadequate protection from online harassment.
- Cyber-Ark’s Adam Bosnian will define the scope of privileged account management and offer steps agencies can take to better manage the privileged account management lifecycle as part of a comprehensive cyber security risk management framework at the NIST 800-53 Discussion at the Eighth Annual GFIRST National Conference.
- Governments and police authorities are scrambling to try and catch up to global demand of stolen information from cyber criminals. Check out the cool Rasmussen College image!
- Eric Cole, a senior fellow at the SANS Institute, told Wired Workplace on Monday that the lack of strong standards for training and certification and a lack of a clear and defined career path for cyber workers are some of the most critical issues currently facing cybersecurity.
- KPMG released its 2012 Cyber Vulnerability report which analyzes an ethical investigation into cyber security across the Forbes 2000.
- Charges dropped against fugitive doctor, because evidence is using too much space on federal servers – Wow! Is this REALLY true?
- How Hackers Target Celebrity Gossip.
- How easy it it to start fake Apple rumors? Far too easy.
- Microsoft Says Outlook Security Will Be Better Than Gmail.
- How to Hack NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover.
- Burglar that made off with Steve Jobs’ wallet was caught by Apple investigators through stolen devices.
- 7th ARES conference (ARES 2012) – Prague, Czech Republic – Aug 20 – 24, 2012
- First International Workshop on Security Ontologies and Taxonomies (SecOnT 2012) – University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic – Aug 20 – 24, 2012
- SANS Virginia Beach – Virginia Beach, VA – Aug 20 – 31, 2012
- SANS Crystal City – Arlington, VA – Sep 06 – 11, 2012
- European Symposium on Research in Computer Security – Pisa, Italy – Sep 10 – 12, 2012
- 15th International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions and Defenses – Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Sep 12 – 14, 2012
- HTCIA International Conference & Training Expo – Hershey, PA – Sep 16 – 19, 2012
- SANS Network Security 2012 – Las Vegas, NV – Sep 16 – 24, 2012
- VirusBulletin 2012 – Dallas, TX – Sep 26 – 28, 2012
- GrrCon – Grand Rapids, MI – Sep 27 – 28, 2012
- 3rd Annual Sleuth Kit and Open Source Digital Forensics Conference – Chantilly, VA – Oct 2 – 3, 2012
- SANS Cybercon 2012 – Online Virtual Conference – Oct 8 – 13, 2012
- International Conference on Security in Computer Networks and Distributed Systems (SNDS’12) – Trivandrum, India – Oct 11 – 12, 2012
- SANS Seattle 2012 – Seattle, WA – Oct 14 – 19, 2012
- 4th International Conference on Digital Forensics & Cyber Crime – West Lafayette, IN – Oct 24 – 28, 2012
- SANS Chicago 2012 – Chicago, IL – Oct 27 – Nov 5, 2012
- Paraben Forensic Innovations Conference – Park City, UT – Nov 3- 7, 2012
- SANS San Diego 2012 – San Diego, CA – Nov 12 – 17, 2012
- SANS San Antonio 2012 – San Antonio, TX – Nov 27 – Dec 2, 2012
- Forensics@NIST 2012 – Rockville, MD – Nov 28 – 30, 2012
- IEEE International Workshop on Information Forensics and Security – Tenerife, Spain – Dec 2 – 5, 2012
- 2012 secau Security Congress – Perth, Western Australia – Dec 3 – 5, 2012
- SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2012 – Washington, DC – Dec 7 – 16, 2012
- SANS Mobile Device Security Summit – Anaheim, CA – Jan 7 – 14, 2013
- SANS Virtualization & Cloud Computing Summit – Anaheim, CA – Jan 7 – 14, 2013
Call For Papers:
- 7th International Conference on Legal, Security and Privacy Issues in IT Law – Due Aug 25, 2012
- 2012 secau Security Congress – Due Sep 30, 2012
- 10th Australian Digital Forensics Conference – Due Sep 30, 2012
About the authors:
David Nides is a manager in a Big 4 Forensic Technology Services practice in Chicago, IL. He currently plays a lead role developing and delivering KPMG’s Incident Response services, consulting clients globally in APT, data breach, and other cyber crime investigations. You can follow David on twitter @davnads or at his forensic blog.
Tony DeSarro is a manager in a Big 4 Forensic Technology Services practice in Atlanta, GA, where he specializes in providing services to clients in the areas of computer forensics, electronic discovery, litigation readiness in support of civil litigation, compliance and monitoring, investigations and fraud detection.