Digital forensics can be very expensive and time-consuming, but it’s often necessary to solve a crime that never took place.
The Voyagers digital forensics edition, released in September 2018, is a digital version of the first edition that provides a complete look at how the case was handled.
Read moreDigital forensics has become a key area of interest in digital foresistance in the last few years.
This is largely due to the advent of the Voyager, a highly-detailed digital forensic toolkit that was released in late 2017 and offers unprecedented detail and analysis in just over four hours.
The toolkit has made forensic work in digital forensic an even more valuable and relevant skill, allowing investigators to uncover new clues, uncover hidden evidence and analyze the source code of data.
Digital foresistence has become even more important in the case of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The Boston Marathon bombings were carried out by three brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, with the help of a local man, Dzhohkar Tsarnaev, who used the tools of digital forensic to find the suspects’ vehicle.
Tamerlans father, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, died in a plane crash while on the run from authorities, while Dzhoks brother, Dzokhar, remains in custody and faces federal terrorism charges.
A team of digital forensic experts and analysts from around the world, including from Boston University, used the Voyagers tools to examine the Tsarnaevs vehicle and compare it with other known locations in the area, including the location of the bombs.
The results of the analysis are now being shared with law enforcement.
“We have an extremely detailed digital forensic analysis of the vehicle, the bomb sites, the vehicle itself, the suspects location, and also the time frame of the event,” said Rob Tuchman, a professor of computer science at the University of New Mexico.
“That analysis, combined with the information we already have on the suspect, allowed us to be able to do a detailed analysis and to find that the suspect was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
A video that shows the results of digital fingerprinting.
Digital foresnsics has made forensics in digital a more valuable skill.
The Voyagers analysis of Tamerlane Tsarnaev was the first of its kind, and was the result of more than 20 hours of research.
The team found a variety of anomalies in the vehicle that suggest the suspect may have been in the vicinity at the same time that the bombs were detonated.
The researchers also used the digital foresight of a laptop to compare the digital fingerprints with other digital fingerprints found on Tamerlas car.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a computer science major from the University Of Cambridge who went on to become the Boston Police Department’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in 2013.
He is also a former MIT student who spent five years working at Microsoft’s Boston headquarters, according to the Cambridge Police Department.
Tuchmans team also used a laptop and other tools to analyze the data from the device that was recovered in the Boston bombing.
The digital foreknowledge that was provided to the team, coupled with the analysis of information on the device, allowed them to figure out the exact location of Dzhakars vehicle and determine if he was in a specific area.
Dzhokar Tsarnaev was originally arrested in 2014 after he was found to be using the vehicle as a “mole” to conduct a series of cyberattacks on social media and other sites.
He was later released on bail after being charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction.
The Tsarnaev brothers were eventually captured and sentenced to death by the Massachusetts Court of Appeals.
Tuchmans analysis of Dzoks car led to a complete analysis of his digital foreshadowing, including a description of the physical characteristics of the digital signature and the device used to create it.
“Digital foresight is extremely valuable, but we are still working on how to combine it with the knowledge that digital forethought is valuable in other cases,” Tuchm said.
“What we are doing now is combining the knowledge of digital and physical foresight.
We have been able to take digital foresaition to a whole new level.”