Murphy's Law of Digital Forensics

I love digital forensics – the art and the science of it; the stories, challenges and puzzles surrounding it. In this field, nothing is impossible – there are just really difficult problems waiting for novel solutions. This blog is where I’ll share my experiences, thoughts, and ideas about our profession and how the Gillware Digital Forensics team approaches them.

May 24, 2017
Beneventan music manuscript

Beats and Bytes: Striking the Right Chord in Digital Forensics

“There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.” — Pythagoras Curiosity is a personality trait that […]
March 7, 2017

Forensic Case Files: Exonerating an Employee of Data Theft

“Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.” – Aesop Our client in this forensics […]
March 2, 2017
"Don't Try to Knock a Chip from Riley's Shoulder"

Forensic Case Files: A Chip-Off Our Shoulders

“Leland, in his last issue, struts out with a chip on his shoulder, and dares Bush to knock it off.” The Weekly Oregonian, 1855 In this […]
February 21, 2017
Virtual machine forensics is like opening up a Matryoshka doll--There's always more inside.

Forensic Case Files: Virtual Machine Matryoshka

“Keep thinking. You can hear our brains rattling around inside us, like the littler Russian dolls.” – M. T. Anderson In this case study, we got […]
January 31, 2017
The chip successfully removed from the HTC One logic board (again, circled in red)

Forensic Case Files: HTC One Mobile Chip-Off Forensics

“The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current […]
December 28, 2016
Putting a USB thumb drive through a snowblower won't always have a happy ending

Forensic Case Files: A Thumb Drive’s Winter’s Tale

“April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us warm, […]
December 20, 2016
Leonardo Dicaprio, playing infamous con man and forger Frank Abagnale, on the set of Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can" along with the real Frank Abagnale.

Forensic Case Files: Impersonating Your Ex-Boss

If my forgeries looked as bad as the CBS documents, it would have been ‘Catch Me In Two Days’. – Frank Abagnale   Frank Abagnale, infamous […]
December 13, 2016

Forensic Case Files: Reviving a Samsung Galaxy S3

“What you see depends on how you view the world. To most people, dirt is just dirt. To a farmer, it’s potential.”  ~ Doe Zantamata Earlier this […]
December 12, 2016
ZTE Prestige N9132 screen with crack

Case Study: ZTE Prestige N9132 Chip-Off

In the late spring of 2016 we received a cell phone from Detective Robert Hale of the Town of Madison Police Department for forensic work. This was a […]