Wednesday, September 16, 2009

XBox Forensic Tool Kit: XFT

by blogger kjt

See, you really can have fun at work! The field of forensics is continually advancing technologically and with the introduction of the XBox tool kit, these advances are becoming more profound. Computer forensics has now been able to go beyond searching computer databases. It is now quite common for criminals to store illicit data on game consoles, such as the XBox. Digital forensics expert, David Collins of Sam Houston State University, has truly had the pleasure of playing with all types of games consoles in order to make hardware and software for the XBox and other devices.

"Cell phones, smart phones, PDAs, game consoles and other devices provide a convenient means to store data of all kinds, including images, video, audio and text files. But they also provide a simple way for criminals to possess and hide illegal material too."

"Collins explains how future work on XFT will involve making the toolkit into a fully functional forensic operating system (OS). This OS will be packaged as both a bootable operating system from a hard disk and a "live" bootable compact disk."

What will they come up with next?


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Anonymous said...

I heard mention of something similar with the Playstation 3 console a few months back. The article (or classmate/friend, I don't remember which) was saying that the PS3 was being used for storing data and trying to create 3D/graphical reconstructions of crime scenes/victims because the graphics package of the PS3 was better, and cheaper, than anything else on the market that was available for a computer system. And since you can load an operating system onto a PS3, why not use it, right? Even if the systems are just being broken down to figure out how people are trying to hid things they shouldn't have in the first place on their gaming console, I think it's a good step in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

WOW! I had no idea that you could even store files on an Xbox. Maybe this is because i'm not a gamer or very good with technology. This just proves there is no way to hide secret info unless you store it in your head!


Benjamin Wright said...

On the SANS Institute's forensics blog, I have published new methods for preserving and authenticating evidence in a cyber investigation. What is your opinion? --Ben

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