The long awaited Windows version of Brian Carrier’s famous file system analysis tool The Sleuth Kit has been released as of September 1, 2006.
The Sleuth Kit (previously known as TASK) is a collection of UNIX-based command line file and volume system forensic analysis tools. The file system tools allow you to examine file systems of a suspect computer in a non-intrusive fashion. Because the tools do not rely on the operating system to process the file systems, deleted and hidden content is shown.
The volume system (media management) tools allow you to examine the layout of disks and other media. The Sleuth Kit supports DOS partitions, BSD partitions (disk labels), Mac partitions, Sun slices (Volume Table of Contents), and GPT disks. With these tools, you can identify where partitions are located and extract them so that they can be analyzed with file system analysis tools.
When performing a complete analysis of a system, we all know that command line tools can become tedious. The Autopsy Forensic Browser is a graphical interface to the tools in The Sleuth Kit, which allows you to more easily conduct an investigation. Autopsy provides case management, image integrity, keyword searching, and other automated operations.
I’ve just hit page 302 of Counter Hack Reloaded: A Step-by-Step Guide to Computer Attacks and Effective Defenses (2nd Edition) and I must say that this is one of the few books on ‘hacking’ that has kept my interest. I’ve read similar books in the past but none have actually been written in a manner that keeps the reader wanting to read cover-to-cover instead of using the book for reference material. I’ll post a full review when I’m done.
Interim Rating – 4/5 Stars