Chapter 2    Overview of Anti-Forensics

 

While I was working on the manuscript to this book’s first edition, I came to the realization that the stealth-centric tactics used by rootkits fall within the more general realm of anti-forensics (AF). As researchers like The Grugq have noted, AF is all about quantity and quality. The goal of AF is to minimize the quantity of useful trace evidence that’s generated in addition to ensuring that the quality of this information is also limited (as far as a forensic investigation is concerned). To an extent, this is also the mission that a rootkit seeks to fulfill.

In light of this, I decided to overhaul the organization of this book. Although my focus is still on rootkits, the techniques that I examine ...

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