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.

August 14, 2017

Smart Phone Forensics Case Study: Synchronicity & Success with Chip-On Forensics

Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with […]
July 13, 2017

Forensics Case Files: Chip Off, Chip On, The Chipper!

“I begin by imagining The impossible And end by accomplishing The impossible.” ― Sri Chinmoy I love my work! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it […]
June 12, 2017

Forensic Case Files: Samsung Galaxy S7 from a Fatal Motorcycle Crash

A motorcycle is a vehicle of change, after all. It puts the wheels beneath a midlife crisis, or a coming-of-age saga, or even just the discovery […]
May 9, 2017
The computers our laptop forensics experts see can be very well-traveled. This one had taken a trip to Belize and came back suspiciously different...

Adventures in Laptop Forensics

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” “I […]
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, […]