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.

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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 […]
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 […]
April 3, 2017

Rename Your Roses: Tips for Preventing and Recovering from Ransomware

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet A Thorny […]
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 […]
January 23, 2017

Digital Forensics as Art and Science

“To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” […]
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, […]