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Computer Science > Cryptography and Security

Title: Investigating Storage as a Service Cloud Platform: pCloud as a Case Study

Abstract: Due to the flexibility, affordability and portability of cloud storage, individuals and companies envisage the cloud storage as one of the preferred storage media nowadays. This attracts the eyes of cyber criminals, since much valuable informa- tion such as user credentials, and private customer records are stored in the cloud. There are many ways for criminals to compromise cloud services; ranging from non-technical attack methods, such as social engineering, to deploying advanced malwares. Therefore, it is vital for cyber forensics examiners to be equipped and informed about best methods for investigation of different cloud platforms. In this chapter, using pCloud (an extensively used online cloud storage service) as a case study, and we elaborate on different kinds of artefacts retrievable during a forensics examination. We carried out our experiments on four different virtual machines running four popular operating systems: a 64 bit Windows 8, Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, Android 4.4.2, and iOS 8.1. Moreover, we examined cloud remnants of two different web browsers: Internet Explorer and Google Chrome on Windows. We believe that our study would promote awareness among digital forensic examiners on how to conduct cloud storage forensics examination.
Comments: 30 pages, 19 figures, 2 tables
Subjects: Cryptography and Security (cs.CR)
Journal reference: (Elsevier) Contemporary Digital Forensic Investigations Of Cloud And Mobile Applications, 2017,p.p. 185-204, Chapter 12
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-805303-4.00012-5
Cite as: arXiv:1709.04417 [cs.CR]
  (or arXiv:1709.04417v1 [cs.CR] for this version)

Submission history

From: Ali Dehghantanha [view email]
[v1] Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:01:36 GMT (5323kb)