Forensic investigation of cooperative storage cloud service : Symform as a case study

Yee Yang, T, Dehghantanha, A ORCID:, Choo, R, Conti, M and Dargahi, T 2016, 'Forensic investigation of cooperative storage cloud service : Symform as a case study' , Journal of Forensic Sciences, 62 (3) , pp. 641-654.

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Researchers envisioned the Storage as a Service (StaaS) as an effective solution to the distributed management of digital data, since it provides an inexpensive and reliable online storage which is accessible by different types of computer devices (e.g., mobile and desktop). However, the proliferation of cloud storage services has fuelled concerns over privacy and security (e.g., dissemination of malware and unauthorised access of private information). Together with the growing of StaaS proposals, cloud storage is attracting the attention of research, although cooperative storage cloud forensic is relatively underexplored as this is a fairly new concept. Using Symform as a case study, we seek to determine the data remnants from the use of cooperative cloud storage services. In particular, we consider both mobile devices and personal computers running various popular operating systems, namely Windows 8.1, Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.5, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, iOS 7.1.2, and Android KitKat 4.4. Potential artefacts recovered during the research include data relating to the installation and uninstallation of the cloud applications, login to and log-off from symform account using the client application, file synchronisation (download, upload, and delete), as well as their timestamp information. This research contributes to an in-depth understanding of the types of terrestrial artefacts that are likely to remain after the use of cooperative storage cloud on client devices.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Forensic Sciences
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0022-1198
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr. Ali Dehghantanha
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 08:46
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 18:05

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