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LE Discount for SANS Courses

All,

I know that training is expensive. Here is a way to attend FOR585 for half the price! Next up:

Tysons Corner, VA

Prague (Cindy Murphy)

Ft. Lauderdale

SANS has a standing Local LE Only discount program for a limited number of seats per class at 50% off.

All SANS DFIR training listed on this site qualify: http://digital-forensics.sans.org/training/courses (I recommend FOR585 Advanced Smartphone Forensics)
Local and state programs are the only ones allowed to apply for the discount.  The nutshell details are that you must be a badge carrier currently.  No retirees or support staff unfortunately at this time.
If you are interested in the program — sometimes calling SANS our customer service folks forget about the program.  But cc’ed on this email is the program lead, Henri Van Goethem.  Henri and I worked in Air Force OSI together back in the day and knows how much this program is needed.   Henri’s email is hvangoethem@sans.org if you would like to get exact details on the program and to apply.
Henri generally responds to all requests within a week or so.  If you are trying to attend training last minute – please cc myself on it and I can ensure it will get seen with enough time to sign up for the course.

What’s your biggest hurdle in smartphone forensics?

Hey everyone,

Figured I would do a quick blog to see what your greatest issues are when dealing with the smartphones in your investigations:

– Locked devices? If so, which ones?

-Encryption (device level or application level)?

-Parsing the plethora of 3rd party apps found on devices?

Let me know your thoughts. Looking into my next research area and thought I would question the community first to see what is needed.

Have a great afternoon!

Upcoming courses of FOR585 Advanced Smartphone Forensics

Good morning everyone! I try to keep the calendar on this website updated with links to register for events where I will be teaching and speaking. I am still determining my conferences for the year, but here are my planned SANS FOR585 Advanced Smartphone Forensics Courses for 2015 (so far…let’s be honest, they always end up adding more).  The entire schedule can be viewed here. Keep in mind not all courses are posted. If you want to do FOR585 on your own, look into OnDemand.

Heather Mahalik will be teaching the following courses:

March 9-14 – Reston, VA – FOR585 Advanced Smartphone Forensics (New labs being released!!!)

May 5 – 10 – San Diego, CA (Who doesn’t want to go to sunny San Diego?)

June 15-20 – SANSFIRE Baltimore, MD (Right at the baseball stadium!)

August 11 – Sept 17 – vLive (online, in your house, in your jammies training)

September 14-19 – NS 2015 Las Vegas, NV (What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas..but not what you learn in FOR585!)

November 3-8 – Ft. Lauderdale (Again, it will be freezing in most places, warm up with me!)

Cindy Murphy will be teaching the following courses:

April 11 – 18 – SANS 2015 Orlando, Fl (Bring your family to Disney!)

May 11 – 16 Amsterdam, Netherlands (Taking FOR585 overseas!)

Boston and Prague – dates to be announced!

I hope to see you in a course in 2015. We are working on a certification and you can help by attending the course. Once you have taken the course, you can take the cert when it’s released.  There are a lot of smartphone courses out there and I believe that trying to replicate FOR585 is the best form of flattery. However, the real thing is the best! Come to the class and see for yourself.

Locked iOS devices hindering your investigations?

Good morning everyone! I know it’s that crazy time of year with the Holidays right around the corner, but some of us are still working… unfortunate, right? Cindy Murphy, my co-author of FOR585 and good friend, took the time to write up her testing and research on the IP-BOX.  You can get your own IP-BOX from Teel Technology.  Check out their site: http://www.teeltech.com/

IP-BOX IP Box documentation 12-2014

In summary, the IP-BOX can be used to defeat simple 4 digit PINS on iOS devices.  This includes devices running iOS1 – iOS8.  While newer iOS device require additional steps, the good news is that this magical black box may work at bypassing that lock!

If this issue is of interest to you, I would sign up for the SANS FOR585 Advanced Smartphone Forensics course where we discuss the IP-BOX and other methods for dealing with locked smartphones.  Until then, please enjoy the paper that Detective Cindy Murphy tool the time to write.

IP Box documentation-rev1 by Cindy Murphy.

Happy Holidays!

DFIRCON East Smartphone Forensic Challenge Winner

 

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Due to the vast amount of responses we got for our Smartphone Forensic Challenge, the winner was just determined.  The rules states that the winner must answer 4 of the 6 questions correctly, and the lucky winner answered all 6 questions correctly.  Congratulations Shawna Denson, you are the lucky winner!!!!

Thank you to everyone who submitted. FOR585 Advanced Smartphone Forensics is currently being held onDemand, at Network Security 2014 (Las Vegas), and  DFIRCON East (Ft. Lauderdale).  Cindy Murphy and I hope to see you in the classroom soon!

Stay tuned for Webcasts featuring cutting edge material on iOS8, Windows Phone Forensics and more!

http://www.sans.org/course/advanced-smartphone-mobile-device-forensics

The answers for the Challenge are listed below.

  1. What third-party applications have been granted access to device camera photos?

Facebook and DropBox

  1. What third-party applications have been granted access to the device address book?

Waze

  1. Which websites that were visited had requested the iPhone’s geolocation information for optimal browsing and were granted access?

Simply Hired and StubHub

  1. What permissions does the application MysteryApp.apk NOT have on the device?
  2.    Record audio
  3.    Read contacts
  4.    Send sms
  5.    Record video
  6.    Mount  & unmount files
  1. What is the SHA1 digest value associated with the classes.dex file for the MysteryApp.apk application?

Either answer is acceptable:

SHA1 (value within file) = DDpyDrYdc24hVh6aqWBmpHcfD3A=

SHA 1 (value of entire file)= 0c3a720eb61d736e21561e9aa96066a4771f0f70

  1.  What foreign language word(s) are found within the MysteryApp.apk application?

未接来 – Missed Calls

Winners of Practical Mobile Forensics

Hello everyone,

Today is the day and two winners have been selected! Just so you are aware, I printed each of your names and put them into a hat. Two names were pulled. Those winners are Ryan Pittman and Sherry Torres-Dor.

I want to thank everyone for the kind and encouraging comments. Your words motivate me to give back as much as I can and continue to learn. I hope to see you in FOR585, FOR518, at a conference or one of my talks soon.

Thanks for the support!

Heather

Practical Mobile Forensics Discount Code

Hi everyone,

If you are interested in ordering both the eBook and the printed copy, below are some discount codes for you. Also, if you already ordered one and want the other, refer to the codes below.


Book: fksh1tLR
eBook: 2bMQDpoS

Also, if customers order the book from our website (https://www.packtpub.com/application-development/practical-mobile-forensics) they can order the print and e-book together for the price of the print book ($59.99).

DFIRCON EAST Smartphone Forensics Challenge

DFIRCON EAST Smartphone Forensics Challenge: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Smartphone-Challenge

The smartphone dataset contains Malware and an iOS backup file. The goal is to highlight application data often missed by forensic tools. Your job? Find it.

The object of our challenge is simple: Download the smartphone dataset and attempt to answer the 6 questions. To successfully submit for the contest, all answers must be attempted. Each person that correctly answers 4 of the 6 questions will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE DFIR OnDemand course. The contest ends on September 30th, 2014 and we will announce the winner by October 6th 2014. Good luck!

Win a free DFIR OnDemand course by downloading the smartphone dataset and answering the following questions.

DOWNLOAD LINK FOR SMARTPHONE IMAGE: http://dfir.to/SmartPhoneChallengeZip14

To successfully submit for the contest. All answers must be attempted. Please include your name and email address.

The winner will be able to choose from the below DFIR OnDemand courses:

SEC504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits & Incident Handling
FOR408: Computer Forensic Investigations – Windows In-Depth
FOR508: Advanced Computer Forensic Analysis and Incident Response
FOR526: Memory Forensics In-Depth
FOR572: Advanced Network Forensics and Analysis
FOR585: Advanced Smartphone Forensics
FOR610: Reverse-Engineering Malware: Malware Analysis Tools and Techniques

SANS OnDemand:
SANS OnDemand is the world’s leading comprehensive online training for information security professionals. OnDemand offers more than 25 SANS courses whenever and wherever you want from your computer (Windows, Mac, and Linux), iPad or Android tablet. OnDemand allows you to learn at your own pace, spend extra time on complex principles, reinforce concepts with quizzes, and repeat lab exercises – all of which increases your retention of the course material.

Your course enrollment gives you printed course books, CD/DVDs/Toolkits for hands-on exercises (as applicable), four months of online access to our OnDemand e-learning platform featuring a top SANS instructor presenting the material, quizzes, and synchronized video demonstrations/interactive labs (as applicable).

The Smartphone Challenge is sponsored by DFIRCON East. To learn more about DFIRCON East, please visit http://www.sans.org/event/dfircon-east-2014

Rules:
1. Entry: Each participant may respond only once for the challenge. Contest begins on Monday, July 21st, 2014 and ends Tuesday, September 30th, 2014. Responses must be submitted by 9pm EST on September 30th.

2. Prize: Each person that correctly answers at least 4 of the 6 questions will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE DFIR OnDemand course. SANS will choose only one winner, the seat is transferable to another in the same organization/company and does not include a certification attempt. The winner will be chosen by October 6th, 2014 and will be notified by email.

Questions regarding the challenge? Please send to DFIR-Challenge “at” sans.org. (DFIR-Challenge@sans.org ).

NIST Mobile Device Forensics Workshop

If you missed the NIST Mobile Device Forensics Workshop a few weeks ago, you can find the presentations here: http://www.nist.gov/forensics/mobile_forensics2.cfm.

Make sure to read about Open Source Mobile Device Forensics using Autopsy and scripts developed by the community, presented by yours truly. Other great presentations were provided by Cindy Murphy on Mobile Malware and Shafik Punja on the state of BlackBerry Forensics. There are several presentations that are fit for those breaking into Mobile Device Forensics included in the link above. For your convenience, I have downloaded and included a few of my favorites in the Presentations Page on my site.

Where should I focus my smartphone research?

Hello everyone! I hope you are getting ready to celebrate and enjoy the extra day off this week and the 4th of July if you are in the USA.

Now that my book is done, I am left wondering what to do with my extra time (because what new mom doesn’t have plenty of extra time). I plan to focus on the latest version of Android and iOS 8, but what else is out there that needs to be answered? Are you wanting more information on one platform, an overall OS? What do you want to see more of in regards to manual decoding? What are your tools missing?

“Help me, help you!” Yep – Jerry Maguire quote for you on this lovely Thursday morning. Thoughts?