Steganography Tool Site Unavailable

In June this year, it was revealed that a Russian Spy Ring had been using Steganographic images to send secret messages to each other. A series of small, basic mistakes led to the spy ring being uncovered by the FBI and resulted in the arrest of 11 suspects. A few weeks ago, it was noticed that a top website for distributing steganography freeware and anti-forensic tools had been ‘temporarily disabled’. Continue reading Steganography Tool Site Unavailable

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Big problems for AT&T with Apple Data Breach

A massive breach of data security by AT&T’s has exposed some very high profile users’ email addresses and contact information from the celebrity hotlist of Apple’s select early-adopter iPad 3G users. An in-depth report by Ryan Tate (Valleywag) says, “The specific information exposed in the breach included subscribers’ email addresses, coupled with an associated ID used to authenticate the subscriber on AT&T’s network, known as the ICC-ID. ICC-ID stands for integrated circuit card identifier and is used to identify the SIM cards that associate a mobile device with a particular subscriber.” Continue reading Big problems for AT&T with Apple Data Breach

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Net Nanny, the Digital Economy Bill and Moving to Brazil

On Monday, Panorama (BBC current affairs programme) screened an interesting show on the new legislation for Internet policing and anti copyright theft known as the Digital Economy Bill. Keith Cottenden of CY4OR (forensics firm in the UK) was interviewed and talked about the pitfalls that UK citizens now face when doing innocuous things such as making copies of their CDs (maybe for your kids) or using file-sharing networks. You can see an overview of Keith’s top tips for protecting yourself at http://news.bbc.co.uk/panorama/hi/front_page/newsid_8560000/8560996.stm Continue reading Net Nanny, the Digital Economy Bill and Moving to Brazil

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Digital Forensics crossing into other specialisms

I’ve been working at editing a book review for Issue 3: and what an excellent book it is (the review is pretty good too, I may add). The reviewer could not have praised this book any more than he did and there is good reason for this. Dr John Olsson’s latest book on Forensic Linguistics is a fantastic read and really open up your eyes on what’s possible through the study of words alone. To be able to point the finger at a culprit on nothing more than the phrasing in a fake suicide note takes a lot of skill and experience, but also the understanding of the linguistic formulation of the prose, which is where John’s book really wins, is vital. Continue reading Digital Forensics crossing into other specialisms

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