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Data Destruction Techniques In Windows

Written by DFM Team


Data Destruction Techniques In Windows 

The main task of the digital forensics investigator is to collect digital evidence from the suspect-computing device, whether it is a computer, portable device (e.g. tablets, smartphones, wearable devices) or even any supported Internet of Things (IoT) device that may store/process data. A professional investigator should later analyze the collected data, hence digital evidence, in a lawful way in order to be accepted in a court of law.

We have already covered in the previous two issues of Digital Forensics Magazines (issue 29-30) the concept of Digital Antiforensics Science and how we might use one aspect of this science, steganography, to conceal our data/malware within the Windows NTFS file system. Steganography however is but one method utilised in the fight against digital forensic investigations, there are many angles, which if combined together, may make the life of digital forensic specialists very difficult.

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