Issue 5 is Here

Hi folks,

Issue 5 of Digital Forensics Magazine is here. This time we’ve put together some great content on topics as far reaching as criminal profiling and volatile memory heap analysis; as well as the usual Legal section, From the Lab, and Angus Marshall’s IRQ column. We also welcome the world-famous, forensics commander-in-chief, a.k.a. Rob Lee, as one of our regulars who will be taking forward his own column in each and every issue from now on (now that’s value for money!). Also, we’ve introduced another new column to our format, this time concentrating on Mac Forensics (entitled Apple Autopsy) and at the helm of that section we welcome Sean Morrissey of Katana Forensic (and the brains behind the Lantern iOS forensics product and the forthcoming book from Apress on iOS forensics).

This is also the first of a series of special issues we’re putting together that focus on very specific themes of forensics. This idea came from a variety of 360 feedback letters and we believe it is a fantastic way of ensuring you get the biggest bang for you buck from your subscription. Issue 5 focuses on all aspects of Training & Education, opening the Pandora’s box of all the difficult issues of professionalism that you face every day.

Finally, we hope that you enjoy this issue of Digital Forensics Magazine, and please spread the word as we’ve really enjoyed our first year and want to make sure we continue publishing long into the future. We welcome all comments to our 360 department and will attempt to answer all your letters as quickly as possible.

Bye for now!




Apple iPhone 4 to be released on 24th June

I must admit, I was getting a little tired of my iPhone 3GS as it drops the network connection from time to time, and has cause a few of my audio book downloads to fail; and after getting my iPad and seeing what’s possible with the OS, I was seriously considering a different phone. However, now that Apple has announced the iPhone 4 will be available across the world (US, UK France, Germany and Japan) on the 24th June, and pre-orders can be taken with service providers from the 15th, I must admit I’m now torn. I was drawn to the Nexus 1 after a colleague showed it to me in work, notably the turn-by-turn navigation and the HD screen; it really seemed a cut above the Apple offering. However, now that I’ve seen the reviews on EnGadget of the iPhone 4, seen some screen shots of it in operation and discovered that its architecture is based on the Apple A4 processor just like my precious iPad, the HD screen and 5 Megapixel camera seem like icing on the best birthday cake ever. The operating system, previously called iPhone OS 4 has been re-branded as iOS4 (must admit I did wonder about the conflict with CISCO’s IOS operation system for switches, routers etc., so there may be a lawsuit to get through with that one) and an update for the iPad will be available as soon as the new OS is launched with the iPhone later this month.

I think the design of the new iPhone chassis looks fantastic and aligns it well with the design aesthetics of the lastest MacBooks, but the real differences come in the form of the front and rear cameras (for video calling), the Retina display (960×640 resolution), and HD video. Apple also proclaims over 100 new software improvements over OS3 in iOS4, some of which are as follows:

  • Multitasking
  • Application folders
  • Mail improvements
  • iBooks (this is an excellent book reader, and looks fantastic on the iPad)
  • 5x digital zoom on the camera
  • Tap to focus video so you can choose where to focus when shooting in HD
  • Spellchecking
  • Wireless keyboard support (so if you have one for your iPad you can use it on your phone)

This truly looks like the update all iPhone users have been waiting for, and I’m now convinced that moving to Android or (hack, spit) a Microsoft platform would be a mistake. Roll on the 24th.

Tony Campbell