Recently, I was surprised by an unexpected popularity of my very short post about
my planned (not so) lazy day during my vacation on Maldives. The post was accompanied
by a photo of my laptop with the first slide of Belkasoft X launch presentation
and beautiful blue waters of Indian Ocean. Being laconic, it gathered few tens of
thousands of views and few hundred likes, a record breaking for my posts on
the LinkedIn platform.
Here is the post by the way.
Inspired by the unexpected success, I decided to write a series of small posts
about Maldives' underwater creatures and... digital forensics, united under the name 'Working from the paradise'.
Meet the issue number one!
Issue 1: The mobster fish
One particular fish, which amazed me during the very first snorkel, was mobster
fish. The name was given to that fish by myself and was derived from the fish behavior.
It was very brutal.
To begin with, the fish itself was totally brutal. It was moving with the mouth
open, its huge teeth (not to say tusks) looked scary even for me, a human few times
Not scary? Please
see another photo (not mine)
The mobster was using its teeth to bite and crush corals, to take impressively
big stones and move them away to find food under. Particularly spectacular was its
blowing out water, what was causing a small sandstorm around.
Finally, the crushinator found what it was looking for: an ice-cream-shaped shellfish.
Now, it started to destroy the shell to extract a poor prey out of it. It looked
very spectacular, either, like a jet-fighter approaching the target, the mobster
fish was rising up a bit, making a turn and then accelerating down to bite one more
inch of the shell. Every attack was taking a while, so smaller and quicker (and
brave enough) fish were trying to steal a bit of the mobster’s catch.
In a few minutes, it was over. Only a tip of the shell was left, the mollusk
inside was completely eaten, and our ways with the mobster have parted.
Funny enough, on the very last day, sitting in the plane, which was about to
depart from our paradise island, I was reading an article 'Dangerous fish of Maldives' (very smart
and timely move!). Shockingly, I immediately recognized my mobster fish, which was one of the
first in the list. It was called Titan Trigger fish, and I became glad I did not
know this before, when chasing it, because the fish is notoriously known for its
lack of fear of human and also for attacking divers. No surprise it looked evil
to me, and that’s why I think my name given to it is better than the real one.
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Like the mobster-fish, Belkasoft X can crush your data sources to find hidden
artifacts. Its powerful file system analysis and signature-based carving gives you
more than 1000 different types of artifacts and formats out of the box.
and Skype, Telegram and Viber,
Signal and Wickr, Chrome and Firefox, Outlook and
Apple Mail, pictures and videos,
SQLite databases and audio, bitcoin transactions
and wallets, heartbeat from fitness trackers and rides from taxi apps, TikTok and
World of Warcraft... The product can look inside the darkest corners of a device,
including snapshots, slack and unallocated space. It aggressively uses your forensic
computer's CPU (though, this can be tuned, if you like to run another tool in parallel).
And it can attack divers.