Digital Evidence Bag Selection for P2P Network Investigation
Authors: Scanlon, Mark and Kechadi, M-Tahar
Publication Date: July 2014
Publication Name: Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Digital Forensics and Information Security (DFIS-2013), Future Information Technology, Application, and Service
The collection and handling of court admissible evidence is a fundamental component of any digital forensic investigation. While the procedures for handling digital evidence take much of their influence from the established policies for the collection of physical evidence, due to the obvious differences in dealing with non-physical evidence, a number of extra policies and procedures are required. This paper compares and contrasts some of the existing digital evidence formats or ”bags” and analyses them for their compatibility with evidence gathered from a network source. A new digital extended evidence bag is proposed to specifically deal with evidence gathered from P2P networks, incorporating the network byte stream and on-the-fly metadata generation to aid in expedited identification and analysis.