Digital forensics in the cloud era: the decline of passwords and the need for legal reform

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 512
5 December 2016

The growing use of online and cloud services in the community means electronic evidence is moving beyond the physical jurisdiction of Australian law enforcement agencies. This paper looks at the legal and technical issues inherent in collecting electronic evidence from online and cloud services. The issue of search and seizure of online evidence for Australian law enforcement is discussed from a legal perspective.

In addition to the legal constraints, the technical challenges of working in an online environment where security is ever-increasing are notable. This paper looks at the decline in use of stored passwords for apps in favour of authentication tokens.

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Ben Martini, Quang Do, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, 2016, Digital forensics in the cloud era: the decline of passwords and the need for legal reform, Australian Institute of Criminology, viewed 25 January 2017, <http://apo.org.au/node/71699>.

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