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Case Leads: Report on Emerging Cyber Threats, Updates to Forensics Applications, Malware Trends, and more.

This week's edition of CaseLeads features a report on emerging cyber threats, another report about malware and vulnerabilities, research about the head of a new anti-virus firm, updates to the Oxygen Forensics Suite and Memoryze for the Mac. There's also a story about how email led to several discoveries in the case of the CIA director that recently resigned and an article about Skype and personal information.

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Good Reads:

  • Georgia Tech and the Georgia Tech Research Institute published a report on emerging cyber threats for 2013. The report is available as a PDF and video from the summit held on November 14th will also be made available.
  • The story is still unfolding (and it already sounds like a movie plot) but it seems that location data associated with email played a part in the CIA director's resignation. Be careful what you email and where you email
  • Trend Micro's 3Q 2012 Security Roundup contains a number of findings on malware on mobile devices (read Android) and the most commonly abused applications.


  • Brian Krebs researched the person that appears to be behind the Chinese "anti-virus" company, Anvisoft and found that it may be lead by an infamous hacker.
  • Cyber security issues facing the government and large businesses have been getting a lot of coverage lately so it should not come as a surpise that smaller businesses are considered more susceptable.
  • Skype turned over a user's identity when another company asked. The details are still being sorted out and Skype has launced an internal investigation to determine if any of its policies were violated.


Coming Events:

Digital Forensics Case Leads is a (mostly) weekly publication of the week's news and events relating to digital forensics. If you have an item you'd like to share, please send it to Digital Forensics Case Leads for 20121115 was compiled by Ray Strubinger. Ray regularly leads digital forensics and incident response efforts and when the incidents permit, he is involved in aspects of information security ranging from Threat Intel to Risk Analysis.


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