University of Mary Washington
The inevitable vulnerabilities and criminal targeting of cloud environments demand an understanding of how digital forensic investigations of the cloud can be accomplished. The authors present two hypothetical case studies of cloud crimes; child pornography being hosted in the cloud, and a compromised cloud-based website. Their cases highlight shortcomings of current forensic practices and laws. They describe significant challenges with cloud forensics, including forensic acquisition, evidence preservation and chain of custody, and open problems for continued research.