SANS Digital Forensics and Incident Response Blog: Tag - time lines

Outlier analysis in digital forensics

In my previous post, Atemporal time line analysis in digital forensics, I talked about using the inodes of a known piece of attacker code as a pivot point to discover previously unknown attacker code on a system. In this post, I want to point out another interesting thing about these inodes. Recall that I'm using … Continue reading Outlier analysis in digital forensics


Benefits of using multiple timestamps during timeline analysis in digital forensics

Timeline analysis is a highly valuable tool. However, like everything else in computer forensics, it requires a skilled investigator to examine all the data available in order to find the evidence and provide an accurate account of the events. When analyzing Windows systems, it is common to use key timestamps in forensics such as Creation Date, Last Modified Date, Last Accessed Date, and the Last Modified Date for the file's Master File Table (MFT) entry. A key factor in using these timestamps is to not rely solely on a single timestamp, but use the combination of these timestamps in digital forensics. The combination of these timestamps can prove to be far more powerful and revealing than any single timestamp on its own. I will use an example to illustrate.

A forensic investigator was reviewing volatile evidence collected during an investigation into

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