Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime. 7th International Conference, ICDF2C 2015, Seoul, South Korea, October 6–8, 2015, Revised Selected Papers

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Forensic Analysis and Remote Evidence Recovery from Syncthing: An Open Source Decentralised File Synchronisation Utility

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-25512-5_7,
        author={Conor Quinn and Mark Scanlon and Jason Farina and M. Kechadi},
        title={Forensic Analysis and Remote Evidence Recovery from Syncthing: An Open Source Decentralised File Synchronisation Utility},
        proceedings={Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime. 7th International Conference, ICDF2C 2015, Seoul, South Korea, October 6--8, 2015, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={ICDF2C},
        year={2015},
        month={10},
        keywords={Syncthing Digital forensics Remote forensics Network analysis Evidence recovery},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-25512-5_7}
    }
    
  • Conor Quinn
    Mark Scanlon
    Jason Farina
    M. Kechadi
    Year: 2015
    Forensic Analysis and Remote Evidence Recovery from Syncthing: An Open Source Decentralised File Synchronisation Utility
    ICDF2C
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-25512-5_7
Conor Quinn1,*, Mark Scanlon1,*, Jason Farina1,*, M. Kechadi1,*
  • 1: University College Dublin
*Contact email: conor.quinn@ucdconnect.ie, mark.scanlon@ucd.ie, jason.farina@ucdconnect.ie, tahar.kechadi@ucd.ie

Abstract

Commercial and home Internet users are becoming increasingly concerned with data protection and privacy. Questions have been raised regarding the privacy afforded by popular cloud-based file synchronisation services such as Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive. A number of these services have recently been reported as sharing information with governmental security agencies without the need for warrants to be granted. As a result, many users are opting for decentralised (cloudless) file synchronisation alternatives to the aforementioned cloud solutions. This paper outlines the forensic analysis and applies remote evidence recovery techniques for one such decentralised service, Syncthing.