Towards the Forensic Identification and Investigation of Cloud Hosted Servers through Non-invasive Wiretaps

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Title: Towards the Forensic Identification and Investigation of Cloud Hosted Servers through Non-invasive Wiretaps
Authors: Schut, Hessel
Scanlon, Mark
Farina, Jason
Le Khac, Nhien-An
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Date: 27-Aug-2015
Abstract: When conducting modern cybercrime investigations, evidence has often to be gathered from computer systems located at cloud-based data centres of hosting providers. In cases where the investigation cannot rely on the cooperation of the hosting provider, or where documentation is not available, investigators can often find the identification of which distinct server among many is of interest difficult and extremely time consuming. To address the problem of identifying these servers, in this paper a new approach to rapidly and reliably identify these cloud hosting computer systems is presented. In the outlined approach, a handheld device composed of an embedded computer combined with a method of undetectable interception of Ethernet based communications is presented. This device is tested and evaluated, and a discussion is provided on its usefulness in identifying of server of interest to an investigation.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: IEEE
Start page: 249
End page: 257
Copyright (published version): 2015 IEEE
Keywords: Cloud computingDigital forensicsNoninvasive wiretaps
DOI: 10.1109/ARES.2015.77
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: 2015 10th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2015), Toulouse, France, 24 - 27 August 2015
Appears in Collections:Computer Science Research Collection

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