Coming soon to a town near you me!

DFRWS is expanding into APAC this year, with an inaugural event in Sydney to correspond with the IAFS conference.

I’m Workshop Co-Chair along with Matthew Simon so if you have some interesting ideas for workshops let me know soon.

If you want to submit a research paper or presentation you have until January 31, 2020 to submit an abstract or workshop.


Applocker FTW

I was recently reviewing some event logs on a Windows server and noticed a few items that I hadn’t seen before. These events related to Applocker, which was released a long time ago, but I hadn’t really seen much in the forensic analysis space. This post will cover a brief intro to setting up Applocker, some resources for configuration, and some event logs that you should probably keep an eye out for.


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TLDR: Turn on applocker on servers you own (workstations too if your users wont kill you). Also look out for applocker events during your event log analysis!

Special thanks to Troy Larson for helping me out with this research


Playing with the big chicken – (Velociraptor + AWS + Google Domains)

Did you know Velociraptors were about the size of a chicken and had feathers! Apparently the later was only discovered in 2007 according to this site, so we’ll give Jurassic Park a pass for now.

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Anyways, I wanted to have a play with Velociraptor and put together some instructions on how to spin it up in AWS and connect it to a Google Domain; so I grabbed the official documentation and worked through it.

AX200 – Magnet AXIOM Examinations Review


I recently had the opportunity to take the AX200 Magnet AXIOM Examinations class (On-Demand) and wanted to share my experience for those thinking about taking the class.

Full disclosure: I did get access to this course for free from Magnet in exchange for feedback, but they didn't ask me to write this post in return.

Whether On-Demand works for you or not is really personal preference; some people like that they can work through it at their own pace and repeat sections as required. My preference would have been to take the class in person as I feel like you get a better experience in the class, not to mention you can focus on the task at hand. Unfortunately I missed my opportunity as the class was run nearby when I was overseas.


2019 Forensic 4cast Awards Nominations

It’s nomination time again for the Forensic 4cast Awards, held at the SANS DFIR Summit in Austin, Texas. I thought I would post up my nominations to recognise all the people and teams that have contributed to the #DFIR community over the last year.

Lee changed things up a little bit this year, meaning that you have to provide a reason for your nomination. I think this is a good change and hopefully it will flow into the voting process, encouraging people to explain what they have done in the year for you to win their vote.


Sunday Funday – File Access on MacOS Mojave


Had a bit of time so decided to enter this weeks Sunday Funday. I didn’t win, but figured I would share it for reference. Congrats to Amy for winning!

I didn’t do a very comprehensive test, I just accessed a picture and video with native apps and then did a keyword search, so hits were uncovered that may not all indicate file access, and nothing was done to determine ‘when’ files were accessed.


KAPE Tricks


For those that didn’t see, last week Eric Zimmerman, the creator of a number of fine forensics tools, released a new tool called KAPE, which is the Kroll Artifact Parser and Extractor. This tool provides examiners the ability to quickly collect files and folders into a storage location (folder/vhd/vhdx), and then parse them with various utilities.