SANS Digital Forensics and Incident Response Blog: Category - Registry Analysis

Timeline analysis with Apache Spark and Python

This blog post introduces a technique for timeline analysis that mixes a bit of data science and domain-specific knowledge (file-systems, DFIR). Analyzing CSV formatted timelines by loading them with Excel or any other spreadsheet application can be inefficient, even impossible at times. It all depends on the size of the timelines and how many different … Continue reading Timeline analysis with Apache Spark and Python


Digital Forensic SIFTing: SUPER Timeline Creation using log2timeline

This is a series of blog articles that utilize the SIFT Workstation. The free SIFT workstation, can match any modern forensic tool suite, is also directly featured and taught in SANS' Advanced Computer Forensic Analysis and Incident Response course (FOR 508). SIFT demonstrates that advanced investigations and responding to intrusions can be accomplished using cutting-edge … Continue reading Digital Forensic SIFTing: SUPER Timeline Creation using log2timeline


Digital Forensics Case Leads: Registry Forensics, Volume Shadow Copies and Windows 8

It's the "better late than never" edition of Case Leads and I've got lots of great stuff for you this week. Lots of great articles and papers to read, including a very cool post by Andrew Case on recovering registry hives from a system that's been reformatted and had the OS reinstalled, as well as … Continue reading Digital Forensics Case Leads: Registry Forensics, Volume Shadow Copies and Windows 8


Digital Forensics Case Leads: Registry and Malware Analysis Tools, Preparing to Testify, and Virtual Machine Technology on Mobile Devices

This week's edition of Case Leads features a number of new tools and updates for a few of the old standbys. We have a collection of tools designed for studying malware found on Windows or Android platforms and a couple of new applications for registry analysis. Virtual machine technology is heading for Android based devices … Continue reading Digital Forensics Case Leads: Registry and Malware Analysis Tools, Preparing to Testify, and Virtual Machine Technology on Mobile Devices


Ultimate Windows Timelining

Recently, I was considering material for an internal knowledge transfer session on timelining, when it occurred to me that the subject matter was likely of broader interest, and so, without further ado... First, a note about the way I personally use timelines. I find them a great way to identify dated tidbits which one might … Continue reading Ultimate Windows Timelining