SANS Digital Forensics and Incident Response Blog: Category - artifact analysis

Managing and Exploring Malware Samples with Viper

Keeping track of all the samples on your plate can become cumbersome and at times, next to impossible; that's where projects like Viper come in. Viper is "a framework to store, classify and investigate binary files." The following article, contributed by David Westcott, explains how to get started with this tool. Continue reading Managing and Exploring Malware Samples with Viper


Tools for Analyzing Static Properties of Suspicious Files on Windows

Examining static properties of suspicious files is a good starting point for malware analysis. This effort allows you to perform an initial assessment of the file without even infecting a lab system or studying its code. Let's take a look at several free Windows tools that are useful for extracting such meta data from potentially-malicious executables. Continue reading Tools for Analyzing Static Properties of Suspicious Files on Windows


When Cases Involve SSNs and Credit Card Data: "Sensitive Data Search and Baseline" Python Script

A key component of any investigation is the type of data exfiltrated. If sensitive data is on a compromised machine, risk is increased significantly. Also, there is a patch work of legislation covering various types of data which is considered sensitive (http://www.reyrey.com/regulations/). In general, social security and credit card numbers are at the top of … Continue reading When Cases Involve SSNs and Credit Card Data: "Sensitive Data Search and Baseline" Python Script


Cloud Forensics with F-Response

Like many great inventions, the idea behind F-Response is so simple and elegant it is hard not to punish yourself for not thinking of it. Using the iSCSI protocol to provide read-only mounting of remote devices opens up a wealth of options for those of us working in geographically dispersed environments. I have used it … Continue reading Cloud Forensics with F-Response


Java IDX Sample Files from Java Spearphishing Attack from SANS FOR508

Earlier this year, SANS created the most in-depth incident response training scenario that spans multiple systems in FOR508: Advanced Forensic Analysis and Incident Response. We discussed the entire scenario in a blog titled: "Is Anti-Virus Really Dead? A Real-World Simulation Created for Forensic Data Yields Surprising Results" One of the biggest complaints that many have … Continue reading Java IDX Sample Files from Java Spearphishing Attack from SANS FOR508