The Technology Trends Introduced by Cyber Forensic Disruptors
Cybercrime has been committed. It is time to inform and call the cyber investigators. As the lead cyber investigator arrives with her digital forensic team to investigate, we might feel that we are living in a hi-fi-sci movie witnessing a distant future.
As the lead cyber forensic expert might disrupt our reality with super-advanced technology trends, we might pinch ourselves that are in a daydream or virtually induced hyper-cyber-reality. Oh! What is real and what is science fiction, we can no longer discern. Someone, anyone, please help us. Pour onto our bamboozled senses the holy water of cyber wisdom.
‘Thus speaketh The CyberLord Smartphone5G in a bot voiceover sprinkling the rain of knowledge:
My lovely innocent, naïve disciples, as you are blessed with 21st-century digital gadgets keeping you actively awake online all the time, the personified technically specific gadgets of yours make these cyber forensic analysts’ jobs quite challenging.
However, many noble tech-savvy gentlepeople have developed several futuristic forensic technologies to help the cyber-investigators collect cyber evidence and find out who did the crime, how they did it, how they could be caught, and how we can bring them to justice for their crimes.
Let me pull you behind the screen into the cyber-crime scene and show you these fabulous cyber forensic examination methodologies they use to crack a cybercrime case wide open.
A Time of Phone Forensics
Extracting useful information and data from mobile devices, including feature phones, smartphones, tabs, and laptops, and then analyzing it to pinpoint and separate evidence comes under the purview of phone forensics.
Data and information like contacts, calendar history, text, messages, MMS, social media accounts, chats, images, audio-video, and multimedia files are extensively checked and cross-checked to find the relevant piece of incriminating evidence.
A Team of Memory Forensics
Novel viruses, worms, malware, trojan-ware, and ransomware are smartening to the extent that they keep hiding beneath their disguises on the infected devices. Their sole aim is to erase any trace of their presence on the memory disks (RAM, ROM, hard disks).
Their cleverness is such that they fool all the antivirus installed by masking themselves inside the RAM, which antivirus scanners usually ignore. As a result, these viruses could only be detected using volatile memory forensics–rather than traditional methods; an advanced digital forensic technology is used where an extensive memory scan is done by acquiring an image map of the memory.
A Web of Network Forensics
In the digital realm, we are ever-connected via a world wide web of networks and the Internet of Things. But as the digital network cannot discern good people like us from bad people like cybercriminals, a Network security firewall keeps these unscrupulous hackers, attackers, and criminals at bay. However, these spidery necromancers from the dark underbelly succeed once in a while in breaching our digital safety net.
This is when the network forensic experts enter to find out the illegal trespassing, detect the traces left by the network intruders, analyze the net, and collect data and information from it. In addition, digital communications like audio-video chats, emails, social media content, and other encrypted messages are privy to the interception and deciphering by this niche network of forensics detectives.
A Base of Database Forensics
Data is outpouring into the online domain from everywhere. It is filling all the bases of physical and cloud storage. These databases are utterly transparent if one knows the encrypted codewords or how to bypass these secret passwords.
While hackers decrypt or bypass them to commit a crime, a digital database forensic expert will scour and analyze that database’s inner layers and hidden contents to detect the identity or evidence about the criminal.
Some top-notch cutting-edge data extraction software is available to aid these data forensic examiners that offer premium-grade features, including multifarious analytical functionalities enabling filtering, keyword and passkey search, statistical patterns, virtual connection analyzers, SQL statement query, etc., and Hierarchy Relationship Analyzing Tools.
A Flock of Cloud Forensics
Clouds were supposed to be the rainwater storers. In the digital aeon, however, they are database storers, now having 50% of the modern data according to industry experts. So now, to investigate, detect, and collect evidence from the cloud and then admit it in court is a herculean task performed by cloud forensic experts.
A Show of Video Forensics
Thanks to CCTVs, a criminal committing physical and digital crimes could be captured in a video, which could then be immensely useful to Video Forensics analyzers and experts in forming a solid factual-based case of evidence. In addition, recorded video footage is a great place to answer the court questions about who, when, where, and at what time they committed the act.
A Blow to Criminals’ Foreign Sick
In the modern world, individual whereabouts can be located using geolocations of their smart mobile devices. Even the hardest criminals could not hide their trail or mislead entirely in the ever-evolving cyber-forensics era.
Welcome to the digital world. Here, crime will indeed be detected, and criminal/s will indeed be caught and brought to justice using disruptive cyber forensics.