Internet ASBO? Could it work and how hard would it be to prove?

All over the news there has been discussions about the possibility of issuing internet ASBO’s (For those outside the UK it’s short for Anti-Social Behaviour ASBO for more). There is no doubt that the growing trend of rascism and trolling on Social Media is an issue. However, tackling it this way leaves questions like how could it be implemented, would it be successful or an futile effort as people can anonomyse thesmelves online quite easily. If such an item was to come into Law, clearly Digital Forensics would play a part, leaving a whole raft of additional questions Especially given the qoute taken directly from MP’s comments….

“If it can be proven in a detailed way that someone has made a considered and determined view to exploit various online networks to harm and perpetrate hate crimes against others then the accepted principles, rules and restrictions that are relevant to sex offences must surely apply.”

What are your thoughts, we would like to hear from you so feel free to reply here or via the tweet.




Army Provides Open Source Network Forensic Tool

It’s official, the US Army Research Lab has posted its first ever application to GitHub, and it’s open source!

The US Army Research Lab has recently made available Dshell, which helps cyber-defenders identify attacks on their networks. This forensic network analysis tool, has been used for nearly five years to help the Army identify and interpret attacks on within their own Defence Network. William Glodek the Network Security branch chief at ARL stated that by making it available on GitHub, other developers would be able to extend it via adding further modules, bringing further benefit to the wider digital forensics and incident response community.

The original Dshell application was added to the GitHub on Dec. 17, 2014 and now has more than a dozen contributors and more than 2,000 unique visitors. The idea to share the product was driven by ARL recognising that both industry and Academia face the same problem and it is the first official Army page on Github according to Glodek. He went on to state that “For a long time, we have been looking at ways to better engage and interact with the digital forensic and incident response community through a collaborative platform”. Noting the challenges that are raised from the traditional methods of sharing software.

The original release from the ARL is here.

To visit the GitHub page and download the tools

For those of you who download and use the tool, drop any comments in the reply, we’d like to hear what you think!