It is a common task for an investigator to boot a machine using bootable media in the form of DVD or USB and there are countless options available. This tutorial is not intended to replace your favorite Helix CD or preferred method, but you may find this analysis interesting if you are a Windows expert performing a forensics analysis.
The misinformation on DECAF being shut down and a hoax is alarming and the quality of reporting on this security topic actually worse than usual. Earlier tonight we noticed this update from @slashdot on Twitter: “DECAF Was Just a Stunt, Now Over”, along with this: “Anti-COFEE tool taken down & d/l’ed copies disabled.”. Ok, fair enough, releasing DECAF was a stunt according to its two creators. But then we saw this train wreck of an article by Nick Eaton, the Microsoft Reporter over at the Seattle PI Blogs. So now we’re going to respond, because the incorrect DECAF as a big hoax story, a tool that supposedly never worked, is propagating through the Intertubes. DECAF was a working tool that can be easily re-enabled, because the shut down appears to only be a call back to decafme.org that is now disabled, but is easily spoofed, and we’ll demonstrate how.
In November, Microsoft’s forensics tool called COFEE (Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor) was leaked on torrents for download. The news coverage was much hype about nothing, as many free tools already out there exceed COFEE in features and functionality.
About a month ago, there was much news about the release of COFEE into the torrent wild. I even gave my two cents about the much hyped forensics toolkit which is provided to law enforcement for the purposes of easily capturing volatile data from personal computers during evidence collection. A tool to counter COFEE, aptly [...]
Have you met these types in the forensics forums, lurking in your blog comments, or anywhere else on the Intertubes: The Back-Door Man who knows that MSFT has stealth back doors in Windows, or the Man of Few Words with his pithy “One word: TrueCrypt” style comments? Happy as a Monkey breaks it all down [...]
The forensics tool provided to law enforcement officials created by Microsoft called COFEE (Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor) has been leaked on torrents last week, and this has caused quite a bit of excitement. Let’s see if the big deal is warranted.