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Digital Forensics with Kali Linux - Second Edition

By : Shiva V. N. Parasram
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Digital Forensics with Kali Linux - Second Edition

By: Shiva V. N. Parasram

Overview of this book

Kali Linux is a Linux-based distribution that's widely used for penetration testing and digital forensics. It has a wide range of tools to help for digital forensics investigations and incident response mechanisms. This updated second edition of Digital Forensics with Kali Linux covers the latest version of Kali Linux and The Sleuth Kit. You'll get to grips with modern techniques for analysis, extraction, and reporting using advanced tools such as FTK Imager, hex editor, and Axiom. Updated to cover digital forensics basics and advancements in the world of modern forensics, this book will also delve into the domain of operating systems. Progressing through the chapters, you'll explore various formats for file storage, including secret hiding places unseen by the end user or even the operating system. The book will also show you how to create forensic images of data and maintain integrity using hashing tools. Finally, you'll cover advanced topics such as autopsies and acquiring investigation data from networks, operating system memory, and quantum cryptography. By the end of this book, you'll have gained hands-on experience of implementing all the pillars of digital forensics: acquisition, extraction, analysis, and presentation, all using Kali Linux tools.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1: Kali Linux – Not Just for Penetration Testing
Section 2: Forensic Fundamentals and Best Practices
Section 3: Forensic Tools in Kali Linux
Section 4: Automated Digital Forensic Suites
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In this chapter, we learned about file recovery and data extraction using popular open source tools in Kali Linux. We first performed file carving using the very impressive foremost, which searched an entire image for supported file types within the file's headers and footers. We then did the same using recoverjpg and the newer Scalpel, but had to make a slight modification by selecting the file types we wished to carve. Both foremost and Scalpel presented us with an audit.txt file summarizing the carve list and its details, along with subfolders containing the actual evidence.

bulk_extractor is a wonderful tool that carves data and also finds useful information, such as email addresses, visited URLs, Facebook URLs, credit card numbers, and a variety of other information. bulk_extractor is great for investigations requiring file recovery and carving, together with either foremost or Scalpel, or even both.

Now that we've covered file carving and recovery, let...