When you need to quickly investigate a suspicious computer located thousands of kilometers away or during a pandemic like we are facing these days, it could be critical to gain remote access to the computer. Just to perform basic investigations. Also, if the attacker did a clever job, he could
I published the following diary on isc.sans.org: “Investigating Microsoft BITS Activity“: Microsoft BITS (“Background Intelligent Transfer Service”) is a tool present in all modern Microsoft Windows operating systems. As the name says, you can see it as a “curl” or “wget” tool for Windows. It helps to transfer files between
A security conference does not need to be “big” to be interesting. Size doesn’t matter with security conferences ;-). I’m in Lille, France where I attended the conference called “CoRIIN“. This event is held in French and means “Conférence sur la réponse aux incidents et l’investigation numérique” or “Incident Response
I published the following diary on isc.sans.org: “Comment your Packet Captures!“: When you are investigating a security incident, a key element is to take notes and to document as much as possible. There is no “best” way to take notes, some people use electronic solutions while others are using good
Recently, I was involved in an incident handling mission to find how some confidential emails were being tracked. Let’s imagine a first scenario: Alice sends a mail to Bob. Bob reads Alice’s email and Alice gets notified. Nothing special, this is a standard feature offered by most commercial messaging solutions.
This topic is not brand new, there exists plenty of solutions to forward Windows event logs to Logstash (OSSEC, Snare or NXlog amongst many others). They perform a decent job to collect events on running systems but they need to deploy extra piece of software on the target operating systems. For a specific
When my friend Didier Stevens contacted me last year to help him with a BruCON 5×5 project, I simply could not decline! Didier developed a framework to perform forensic investigations on Cisco routers. His framework is called NAFT (“Network Appliance Forensic Toolkit”). It is written in Python and provides a
Two days ago, I attended an event about “big data” (yeah, another buzz word) and how to use it for security purposes. One of the presented talks was very interesting and almost changed my mind about our best friends (or nightmare)… logs! When I’m talking about log management with customers,
As I wrote in a previous blog post, I went to the FIC2010 conference last week. One of the talks I attended was about the “2centre” initiative. 2centre (“2c” for “cc”) means “Cybercrime Centers of Excellence Network for Training, research and Education“. Those centers of excellence focus on law enforcement.
It was announced a few days ago: Microsoft COFEE has been leaked on the wild Internet! Microsoft COFEE stands for “Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor“. This “forensic swiss army knife” is available for free to police forces around the world to conduct official forensics investigations. Note: It’s reportedly illegal for