Special Issue "Contemporary and Future Digital Forensics"

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A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Richard E. Overill (Website)

Department of Informatics King's College London Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK
Interests: digital forensics; computer forensics; cyber forensics; mobile forensics; in silico forensics; live forensics; in situ forensics; triage strategies; cost-effectiveness criteria in forensics; bayesian reasoning in forensics; bayesian networks in forensic investigations; quantifying likelihood ratios and odds ratios in digital forensics; complexity and information theory in digital forensic investigations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue of Future Internet journal contains selected, extended papers presented at the 6th annual Workshop on Digital Forensics (WSDF), a satellite workshop of the 8th annual international conference on Availability, Reliability & Security (ARES), held at the University of Regensburg, Germany on 2–6 September 2013.
Digital forensics is a rapidly evolving field primarily focused on the extraction, preservation and analysis of digital evidence obtained from electronic devices in a manner that is legally acceptable. Research into new methodologies tools and techniques within this domain is necessitated by an ever-increasing dependency on tightly interconnected, complex and pervasive computer systems and networks. The ubiquitous nature of our digital lifestyle presents many avenues for the potential misuse of electronic devices in crimes that directly involve, or are facilitated by, these technologies. The aim of digital forensics is to produce outputs that can help investigators ascertain the overall state of a system. This includes any events that have occurred within the system and entities that have interacted with that system. Due care has to be taken in the identification, collection, archiving, maintenance, handling and analysis of digital evidence in order to prevent damage to data integrity. Such issues combined with the constant evolution of technology provide a large scope of digital forensic research. This special issue aims to bring together experts from academia, industry, government and law enforcement who are interested in advancing the state of the art in digital forensics by exchanging their knowledge, results, ideas and experiences.

Dr. Richard E. Overill
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • digital evidence
  • network forensics
  • anti forensics
  • physical memory acquisition and analysis
  • digital forensic information visualisation
  • fraud investigations involving technology
  • portable devices
  • cyber terrorism
  • log analysis
  • risk and incident management
  • investigative case studies
  • data hiding techniques and steganography
  • novel data recovery techniques

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Open AccessArticle Digital Forensics to Intelligent Forensics
Future Internet 2014, 6(3), 584-596; doi:10.3390/fi6030584
Received: 1 April 2014 / Revised: 22 August 2014 / Accepted: 2 September 2014 / Published: 12 September 2014
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In this paper we posit that current investigative techniques—particularly as deployed by law enforcement, are becoming unsuitable for most types of crime investigation. The growth in cybercrime and the complexities of the types of the cybercrime coupled with the limitations in time [...] Read more.
In this paper we posit that current investigative techniques—particularly as deployed by law enforcement, are becoming unsuitable for most types of crime investigation. The growth in cybercrime and the complexities of the types of the cybercrime coupled with the limitations in time and resources, both computational and human, in addressing cybercrime put an increasing strain on the ability of digital investigators to apply the processes of digital forensics and digital investigations to obtain timely results. In order to combat the problems, there is a need to enhance the use of the resources available and move beyond the capabilities and constraints of the forensic tools that are in current use. We argue that more intelligent techniques are necessary and should be used proactively. The paper makes the case for the need for such tools and techniques, and investigates and discusses the opportunities afforded by applying principles and procedures of artificial intelligence to digital forensics intelligence and to intelligent forensics and suggests that by applying new techniques to digital investigations there is the opportunity to address the challenges of the larger and more complex domains in which cybercrimes are taking place. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary and Future Digital Forensics)
Open AccessArticle The Problems and Challenges of Managing Crowd Sourced Audio-Visual Evidence
Future Internet 2014, 6(2), 190-202; doi:10.3390/fi6020190
Received: 8 January 2014 / Revised: 25 February 2014 / Accepted: 26 February 2014 / Published: 1 April 2014
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A number of recent incidents, such as the Stanley Cup Riots, the uprisings in the Middle East and the London riots have demonstrated the value of crowd sourced audio-visual evidence wherein citizens submit audio-visual footage captured on mobile phones and other devices [...] Read more.
A number of recent incidents, such as the Stanley Cup Riots, the uprisings in the Middle East and the London riots have demonstrated the value of crowd sourced audio-visual evidence wherein citizens submit audio-visual footage captured on mobile phones and other devices to aid governmental institutions, responder agencies and law enforcement authorities to confirm the authenticity of incidents and, in the case of criminal activity, to identify perpetrators. The use of such evidence can present a significant logistical challenge to investigators, particularly because of the potential size of data gathered through such mechanisms and the added problems of time-lining disparate sources of evidence and, subsequently, investigating the incident(s). In this paper we explore this problem and, in particular, outline the pressure points for an investigator. We identify and explore a number of particular problems related to the secure receipt of the evidence, imaging, tagging and then time-lining the evidence, and the problem of identifying duplicate and near duplicate items of audio-visual evidence. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary and Future Digital Forensics)

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