Mining Social Networking Sites for Digital Evidence

Cusack, B
Alshaifi, S
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Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University

OnLine Social Networking sites (SNS) hold a vast amount of information that individuals and organisations post about themselves. Investigations include SNS as sources of evidence and the challenge is to have effective tools to extract the evidence. In this exploratory research we apply the latest version of a proprietary tool to identify potential evidence from five SNS using three different browsers. We found that each web browser influenced the scope of the evidence extracted. In previous research we have shown that different open source and proprietary tools influence the scope of evidence obtained. In this research we asked, What variation in the scope of evidence extraction can be expected between different browsers? The implications of this exploratory research is for precaution. The choice of a web browser used to investigate a SNS directly influences the scope of digital evidence obtained.

Social; Networking; Investigation; Browsers; Evidence
The Proceedings of [the] 13th Australian Digital Forensics Conference, held from the 30 November – 2 December, 2015 (pp. 15-21), Edith Cowan University Joondalup Campus, Perth, Western Australia.
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