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Handbook of Digital Forensics and Investigation by Eoghan Casey

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Chapter 2. Forensic Analysis
Eoghan Casey and Curtis W. Rose

Contents

Introduction21
Applying the Scientific Method to Digital Forensics23
Uses of Digital Forensic Analysis26
Data Gathering and Observation32
Hypothesis Formation48
Evaluating Hypotheses48
Conclusions and Reporting56
Summary61
References62

Introduction

The information stored and created on computers is a double-edged sword from a forensic perspective, providing compelling evidence in a wide variety of investigations but also introducing complexity that can trip up even experienced practitioners. Digital evidence can be used to answer fundamental questions relating to a crime, including what happened when (sequencing), who interacted with whom (linkage), the origination of a particular ...

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