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Yogesh Khatri's forensic blog: Tracking USB First insertion in Event logs The tracking of USB removable disks has been discussed and analyzed in detail with the usual methods of looking at the windows registry for plugged in devices (USBSTOR keys), registry shell bags, SetupApi logs, etc. A while back researching something else I happened to hit upon an artifact not known for this purpose, the 'Windows Event Log'. The first time a USB device is inserted into your windows PC, it is logged in a little obscure log which is maintained for the 'ReadyBoost' functionality. This is only true for Windows Vista and above, as XP did not have ReadyBoost. Windows Registry The GUI control panel is a long-standing feature of Microsoft Windows, facilitating granular changes to a vast collection of system features. It can be disabled via Group Policy but is largely available to most user accounts (administrative permissions are required for some changes). From a forensic perspective, we can audit control panel usage to identify a wide range of user activity:
Chasing APT Author: Joe Stewart, Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit™ Threat IntelligenceDate: 23 July 2012URL: Summary Since February 2011, members of the Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit(TM) (CTU) have been engaged in a project to uncover and track as many elements as possible of the so-called "Advanced Persistent Threat" (APT), the term commonly used to refer to cyber-espionage activity carried out against governments, activists, and industry. "Elements" can be anything that provides a point of information — malware, command and control (C2) domains, hostnames, IP addresses, actors, exploits, targets, tools, tactics, and so on. Even though this project is not (and probably never will be) complete, CTU researchers have learned a great deal about the scope and scale of the threat so far, and the insights have been disturbing. The scale of cyber-espionage