Chapter 8 Digital Forensic Analysis

Kennedy, Ian and Day, Ed (2016). Chapter 8 Digital Forensic Analysis. In: Bryant, Robin and Bryant, Sarah eds. Policing Digital Crime. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, pp. 161–185.



This chapter from the book 'Policing Digital Crime' provides an overview of the analysis of a Windows PC. It includes the main areas that are typically examined, such as the Windows Registry, recent user activity and metadata analysis from digital photographs, Microsoft office documents and file systems. Also covered is a discussion of the different stages of file deletion and countering the 'pop-up' defence through strategies such as internet history and chat log analysis. Coverage of email analysis techniques, including tracing and mapping the source of email is also provided. The chapter closes with an exploration of mobile phone forensic analysis.

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