Thursday, December 4, 2008


I've been spending a lot of time improving (or try to improve) my photography skills lately, concentrating mainly on macro shots. I use a Nikon D300 and various Nikkor lenses, supplemented with a Sigma 150mm macro for extreme closeups. I'm using Flickr to publish photos and solicit feedback--my page is

Digital Forenics Research Workshop (DFRWS)

So it's really a conference now, but DFRWS makes a good acronym and is well established.

The DFRWS will be in Montreal for 2009, held one week after USENIX Security (also in Montreal), from August 17 to 19, 2009. The conference hotel is the Delta Centre-ville Hotel, a perfect venue and at a beautiful time to visit Montreal.

Now is the time to get working on a good paper: the due date for paper submissions is March 19, 2009. The CFP is available at

Look for details of the 2009 DFRWS forensics challenge soon, which will be based on PS3 forensics.

It's looking like Portland for 2010, but that's still under consideration.

DC3 Challenge Results

The results of the 2008 DC3 digital forensics challenge are now available at

This year, the University of New Orleans team, consisting of Andrew Case (CS undergraduate), Brian Roux (CS M.S. student), Lodovico Marziale (CS Ph.D. students) and I took fourth place overall and second place among academic teams. The DC3 provided challenge materials to 199 teams. Of these 199, only 20 submitted solutions to what turned out to be a very difficult challenge.