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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July 14, 2016

The Buzz About HummingBad

“The wings moved so rapidly that they were scarcely visible and remaining stationary the little bird darted its beak into the wild flowers making an extraordinary […]
July 7, 2016
CFAA

CFAA – Not Just for Hackers Anymore

Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing. – Albert Einstein In my law enforcement career, I worked on a fair number of […]
July 1, 2016

Experts and Expertise in an Ever-changing Environment

 “You must continue to gain expertise, but avoid thinking like an expert.” Denis Waitley  I’ve been in Austin, TX for the past eight days at the SANS […]
June 22, 2016

Flash Memory Amnesia – Resurrecting Data through Direct Read of NAND Memory

“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” That’s Murphy’s Law. How we deal with the fallout afterwards is what determines whether Murphy’s Law works for […]
June 13, 2016
Banjos on the wall

Reflections on the First Month at Gillware Digital Forensics

“Those who wish to sing will always find a song.” – Celtic Proverb Just over a month ago, I made a huge leap of faith. I […]
December 17, 2015

Case Study: Alcatel One Touch Fierce 2 7040N locked out

Recovery Type: Mobile Phone Internal Memory: 4GB Manufacturer: Alcatel Model Name: One Touch Fierce 2 Operating System: Android Carrier: TracFone Wireless (GSM) Model Number: 7040N Manufacture Date: 09/2014 Main Symptom: Locked out Type […]
December 15, 2015

Case Study: Motorola Moto E XT1526 locked out

Recovery Type: Mobile Phone Internal Memory: 7.8GB Manufacturer: Motorola Model Name: Moto E Operating System: Android Carrier: TracFone Wireless (GSM) Model Number: XT1526 Manufacture Date: 03/2015 […]
July 29, 2015

When it Does Not Compute: A Look at Logical Data Recovery

Most data recovery laboratories tend to highlight cases that involved physical damage and needed repair in an environment free of dust and contaminants. These are great […]
April 17, 2015

Android Device Data Recovery: Gillware’s Method

As we continue innovating in our world of mobile devices including tablets, cell phones and other media players, devices fall victim to failure of equipment or environment.