Date of Award

Summer 8-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity



First Advisor or Mentor

Carl Wong

Second Reader

Shweta Jain

Third Advisor

Douglas Salane


The rise of computer use and technical adeptness by the general public in the last two decades are undeniable. With greater use comes a greater possibility for misuse, evidenced by today’s incredible number of crimes involving computers as well as the growth in severity from that of cyber hooliganism to cyber warfare. Although frequently utilized for privacy and security purposes, the vast range of anti-forensic techniques has contributed to the ability for hackers and criminals to obstruct computer forensic investigations.

Understanding how anti-forensics may alter important and relevant data on an electronic device will prove useful for the success and continued advancement of computer forensic investigations. This paper will amalgamate the academic literature on anti-forensics as well as test four of the most accessible anti-forensic tools available online to reveal at what degree they confound traditional computer forensic tools and techniques. Strategies for detecting and mitigating the effects of anti-forensic efforts will be put forth to help inform the future of computer forensic investigative techniques.



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