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UAB Computer Forensics Camp

Updated on Mon, 04/02/2012 - 9:45am

 UAB Computer Forensics Camp - July 9-13

For Rising 9th-12th Graders

If you are interested in a career as a Cyber Crime Investigator, this camp will give you a chance to explore that career in a hands-on way.  Each day of the camp will address a different type of crime, beginning in the morning with a lecture and lab session by Gary Warner, our Director of Research in Computer Forensics, a review of tools and terminology that will be used that day, and then participating in real investigations and producing reports for law enforcement about actual cases, working with Mr. Warner and the staff of the UAB Computer Forensics Research Laboratory.

Day One - SPAM 

Each day more than twenty BILLION spam email messages are sent to individuals around the planet offering illegal drugs from fake pharmacies, "too-good-to-be-true" scams, such as free laptops and ipods, delivering malware and computer viruses, and promising riches in the form of various illegal scams.

Campers will work in the UAB Spam Data Mine to identify some of the top spam campaigns and clues to identify the criminals behind them.  After reviewing the basics of Email header analysis, WHOIS records, and DNS analysis Campers will see how programs can be written to analyse thousand or millions of messages simultaneously, and will use a combination of programs and database queries to gather and analyze evidence.   Campers will identify top campaigns and to prepare reports that will be shared with law enforcement.

Day Two - PHISHING (Fake Bank Websites)

Hundreds of websites are compromised by hackers every day and used to host counterfeit bank websites, called phishing sites.  These sites trick consumers into revealing their personal banking information such as userids, passwords, credit card numbers, and PINs.

Campers will use the UAB PhishIntel system (Phishing Intelligence) to identify counterfeit bank websites, called phishing sites, which are being used to trick customers out of their personal banking information. 

Day Three - WEBSITE HACKING & Open Source Intelligence

Last year more than 1.4 million websites were hacked by criminals around the world.  Campers will explore some of the evidence left behind by these hackers in the form of web logs, and learn to apply computer science techniques to analyzing these logs to find evidence of the hackers.   Popular website hacking techniques will be explained, and the evidence left behind by those techniques will be evaluated. 

Students will learn about some of the most prevalent hackers and will learn to use Open Source Intelligence to gain more information about these hackers.  Reports will be created using "i2 Analysts Notebook" a tool used by intelligence analysts in the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

Day Four - Hard Drives and Malware

Computer viruses and malware infect millions of systems each year.  Students will work with UAB Malware Analysts to launch actual computer viruses discovered "in the wild" in our controlled lab setting and use Dynamic Analysis to identify how the malware works.  Reports will be generated and shared with law enforcement about their discoveries.

Investigators need to be able to safely handle evidence from computer hard drives without corrupting the data.  Students will learn to use disk duplication techniques to create a "forensically sound" image of an evidence hard drive, and will explore hard drive images using EnCase.  Students will also make a copy of their own thumb drives and learn how files are stored and deleted on hard drives, and how to recover deleted files.

Day Five - Final Projects

Students will use a combination of the techniques they have learned to prepare a final project about a cybercrime group, in one of the areas of Phishing, Spam, Malware, or Website defacement.  The Maltego Open Source Intelligence tool will be used to gather additional intelligence and Powerpoint will be used to create their final report.



The Registration fee is $300.


Please email the camp director (Gary Warner = gar@cis.uab.edu)  with your contact information and interest in the camp.  Once a letter of recommendation has been received for your student, you will receive a link to register and receive your payment.

PLEASE USE THE EMAIL SUBJECT:  "Computer Forensics Camp" on all correspondence!

After receiving your letter of recommendation, a registration link will be sent to the parents to receive your contact and payment information.




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