Katana Forensics has updated its FREE time converter application. This time it converts Mac Absolute Time and Unix Epoch Time. Most can’t distinguish which is which. This updated app already knows and converts the values on the fly. Just copy and paste. Visit http://www.katanaforensics.com and get the FREE application. Another tool for your war chest.
Lantern Lite, the open source project has taken its first step. It was released to Law Enforcement. After some modifications and improvements, the utility will be released to the public. Security professionals will finally have access to a free tool to examine iDevices.
This is meant for all that do forensics, and keeping it free and away from forensic tool makers that can’t innovate, just copy. The days of paying to image an iDevice is over. It is parsing the data where one uses grey matter.
Further information can be seen at www.lanternlite.org
Researchers at Katana Forensics had looked at Geolocation data for quite some time. Early Last year Katana assisted Law Enforcement Agencies with cases to include a Homicide. The request among others was for Geolocation data and having it mapped. These findings have been published numerous times and revealed at conferences within the United States. Lantern version 2.0 was released in January 2011 which did more than the english free tool could do and much more. So was it really news or not? Looks like for once, Forensic Experts beat out “Security Researchers”
There has been more speculation on the the possibility of a Verizon iPhone than ever before. blogs on Qualcomm chips being purchased, to Apple employees not allowed to take vacation, to now Verizon’s event this week in New York. Is everything aligning for a new iPhone? Apple is the genius of how it continues to get buzz around itself. It’s a testament to the brilliance of Steve Jobs. If the Verizon iPhone does arrive, and if you thought you didn’t see iPhones in your labs, you will or your case load will certainly increase over the next year. Let’s see and find out if all the prognosticators are correct. Me, it’s smart for Apple to release one now as Android has pushed ahead of iOS.
I was asked why do you need Mac to Analyze iDevices. The reason people ask is that they are under the impression that Macs are expensive. Some are yes, But, the Mac Mini is very affordable and one can use existing peripherals to connect. The second is that forensic tools that are created on the Mac platform are better suited to analyze Apple file types. Also all the tools I know of are very inexpensive as compared to windows based tools. The Mac can also be used to conduct exams on OS X systems as well. So, before you listen to other vendors, take the time to make an informed decision. There’s a lot of information on the web than can assist you in getting to know why Macs are better, oh yeah forgot, they run windows better also!
For you forensicators, now we have to look for another device that can hold backup files. the Iomega device backups up data to an SD Card.
Garmin announced today thier own app for the iPhone “Garmin Street Pilot”.