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Digital Forensics with Open Source Tools by Harlan Carvey, Cory Altheide

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Chapter 7

Internet Artifacts

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Introduction

It can be argued that nothing demonstrates the concept of evidence dynamics better than Internet artifacts. On a modern end-user computer system, the bulk of the user’s interaction with the system will likely be related to Internet communication of some sort. Every click of a link, every bookmark, and every search query can leave telltale traces on the user’s system. This chapter examines the application-specific artifacts created by Web browsers and then moves on to delve into analysis of the contents of local mailbox formats.

Browser Artifacts

If the bulk of a computer user’s time is spent on the Internet, then it’s like that nearly all ...

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