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.

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 […]
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 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 […]
July 18, 2016

Oh, No – Pokémon Go! A Sneak Peek at Forensic Artifacts

A Sneak Peek at Pokémon Go Application Forensics UPDATED 7/22/16 – Thanks to Warren Raquel (@warquel) a Senior Security Engineer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Android location information […]
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 […]
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 […]