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  • Covers both the technical and personal aspects of digital forensics 
  • Fully covers key topics overlooked in competing books, such as the unique responsibilities of first responders to digital crime scenes
  • Includes a one-of-a-kind chapter on facilities management, and coverage of licensing and certification
  • By an expert practitioner who has investigated everything from employee malfeasance to national security threats


  • Copyright 2014
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 608
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-80390-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-80390-0

The Definitive, Up-to-Date Guide to Digital Forensics

The rapid proliferation of cyber crime is increasing the demand for digital forensics experts in both law enforcement and in the private sector. In Digital Archaeology, expert practitioner Michael Graves has written the most thorough, realistic, and up-to-date guide to the principles and techniques of modern digital forensics.

Graves begins by providing a solid understanding of the legal underpinnings of and critical laws affecting computer forensics, including key principles of evidence and case law. Next, he explains how to systematically and thoroughly investigate computer systems to unearth crimes or other misbehavior, and back it up with evidence that will stand up in court.

Drawing on the analogy of archaeological research, Graves explains each key tool and method investigators use to reliably uncover hidden information in digital systems. His detailed demonstrations often include the actual syntax of command-line utilities. Along the way, he presents exclusive coverage of facilities management, a full chapter on the crucial topic of first response to a digital crime scene, and up-to-the-minute coverage of investigating evidence in the cloud.

Graves concludes by presenting coverage of important professional and business issues associated with building a career in digital forensics, including current licensing and certification requirements.

Topics Covered Include

  • Acquiring and analyzing data in ways consistent with forensic procedure
  • Recovering and examining e-mail, Web, and networking activity
  • Investigating users’ behavior on mobile devices
  • Overcoming anti-forensics measures that seek to prevent data capture and analysis
  • Performing comprehensive electronic discovery in connection with lawsuits
  • Effectively managing cases and documenting the evidence you find
  • Planning and building your career in digital forensics

Digital Archaeology is a key resource for anyone preparing for a career as a professional investigator; for IT professionals who are sometimes called upon to assist in investigations; and for those seeking an explanation of the processes involved in preparing an effective defense, including how to avoid the legally indefensible destruction of digital evidence.

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Table of Contents

Preface xiii

About the Author xxi

Chapter 1: The Anatomy of a Digital Investigation 1

A Basic Model for Investigators 2

Understanding the Scope of the Investigation 8

Identifying the Stakeholders 12

The Art of Documentation 13

Chapter Review 21

Chapter Exercises 21

References 22

Chapter 2: Laws Affecting Forensic Investigations 23

Constitutional Implications of Forensic Investigation 24

The Right to Privacy 29

The Expert Witness 31

Chapter Review 32

Chapter Exercises 32

References 33

Chapter 3: Search Warrants and Subpoenas 35

Distinguishing between Warrants and Subpoenas 36

What Is a Search and When Is It Legal? 37

Basic Elements of Obtaining a Warrant 40

The Plain View Doctrine 43

The Warrantless Search 44

Subpoenas 50

Chapter Review 51

Chapter Exercises 52

References 52

Chapter 4: Legislated Privacy Concerns 55

General Privacy 56

Financial Legislation 59

Privacy in Health Care and Education 62

Privileged Information 64

Chapter Review 67

Chapter Exercises 68

References 68

Chapter 5: The Admissibility of Evidence 71

What Makes Evidence Admissible? 71

Keeping Evidence Authentic 76

Defining the Scope of the Search 84

When the Constitution Doesn’t Apply 84

Chapter Review 89

Chapter Exercises 89

References 89

Chapter 6: First Response and the Digital Investigator 91

Forensics and Computer Science 91

Controlling the Scene of the Crime 96

Handling Evidence 100

Chapter Review 109

Chapter Exercises 109

References 110

Chapter 7: Data Acquisition 111

Order of Volatility 112

Memory and Running Processes 112

Acquiring Media 121

Chapter Review 128

Chapter Exercises 128

References 129

Chapter 8: Finding Lost Files 131

File Recovery 131

The Deleted File 141

Data Carving 145

Chapter Review 149

Chapter Exercises 150

References 150

Chapter 9: Document Analysis 151

File Identification 151

Understanding Metadata 157

Mining the Temporary Files 172

Identifying Alternate Hiding Places of Data 176

Chapter Review 183

Chapter Exercises 183

References 183

Chapter 10: E-mail Forensics 185

E-mail Technology 185

Information Stores 191

The Anatomy of an E-mail 196

An Approach to E-mail Analysis 203

Chapter Review 210

Chapter Exercises 211

References 211

Chapter 11: Web Forensics 213

Internet Addresses 213

Web Browsers 215

Web Servers 233

Proxy Servers 238

Chapter Review 244

Chapter Exercises 244

References 245

Chapter 12: Searching the Network 247

An Eagle’s Eye View 247

Initial Response 248

Proactive Collection of Evidence 250

Post-Incident Collection of Evidence 262

Router and Switch Forensics 268

Chapter Review 275

Chapter Exercises 275

References 276

Chapter 13: Excavating a Cloud 277

What Is Cloud Computing? 277

Shaping the Cloud 279

The Implications of Cloud Forensics 284

On Virtualization 291

Constitutional Issues 300

Chapter Review 303

Chapter Exercises 304

References 304

Chapter 14: Mobile Device Forensics 307

Challenges of Mobile Device Forensics 307

How Cell Phones Work 308

Data Storage on Cell Phones 313

Acquisition and Storage 317

Legal Aspects of Mobile Device Forensics 322

Chapter Review 324

Chapter Exercises 325

References 325

Chapter 15: Fighting Antiforensics 327

Artifact Destruction 328

Hiding Data on the System 336

Covert Data 347

Chapter Review 354

Chapter Exercises 355

References 355

Chapter 16: Litigation and Electronic Discovery 357

What Is E-Discovery? 358

A Roadmap of E-Discovery 358

Conclusion 377

Chapter Review 377

Chapter Exercises 377

References 378

Chapter 17: Case Management and Report Writing 379

Managing a Case 379

Writing Reports 389

Chapter Review 393

Chapter Exercises 394

References 394

Chapter 18: Tools of the Digital Investigator 395

Software Tools 395

Working with “Court-Approved” Tools 410

Hardware Tools 413

Nontechnical Tools 418

Chapter Review 421

Chapter Exercises 422

References 422

Chapter 19: Building a Forensic Workstation 423

What Is a Forensic Workstation? 424

Commercially Available Forensic Workstations 425

Building a Forensic Workstation From Scratch 429

Chapter Review 440

Chapter Exercises 440

References 440

Chapter 20: Licensing and Certification 441

Digital Forensic Certification 441

Vendor-Neutral Certification Programs 442

Vendor-Specific Certification Programs 449

Digital Forensic Licensing Requirements 452

Chapter Review 454

Chapter Exercises 454

References 454

Chapter 21: The Business of Digital Forensics 457

Starting a New Forensics Organization 458

Maintaining the Organization 466

Generating Revenue 478

Organizational Certification 481

Chapter Review 483

Chapter Exercises 483

References 483

Appendix A: Chapter Review Answers 485

Appendix B: Sample Forms 505

Glossary 511

Index 521


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