Which forensic software will be the finest one to examine & analyze email header?

mailxaminer May 22, 2013
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I am a novice in forensic science field and not that much computer savvy kind. So I am trying to investigate email headers for a cyber forensic case which has already been altered by an intruder. However, after so much of efforts I was unable to succeed.

At present I require a digital forensic tool which can analyze email header of that forensic email evidence. I’ve tried many forensic tools, but none of them worked for me. I am exhausted now don’t wanna risk my career, please recommend me a tool.

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  1. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 27, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Hi Mailxaminer,

    This is a bit un-related to your question, however as you are in forensic IT line, this may interest you. Kindly refer to http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/investigate-troubleshoot-computer-system-osforensics/

  2. Bartley Nourse
    May 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I use http://www.accessdata.com/products/digital-forensics/ftk the best I know of. It has a slight learning curve if your are new to forensic data recovery. Good Luck!

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 27, 2013 at 1:11 am

      Cool !!!

  3. KierraThomas99
    May 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Hi, mailxaminer & Rajaa Chowdhory

    Just wanted to ask you that, does this MailXaminer Software which you guys were talkin about analyzes source code emails and will give me a preview or not? & One more thing some of the pages of mailXaminer software even indicates that it can effortlessly implement the practice to search email contacts.. Is it really feasible?

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 27, 2013 at 4:32 am

      Kierra,

      Unfortunately I do not have any forensic background, I am more an IT guy. Whatever you asked, is way above my head. :D probably Mailxaminer can contribute and help out here. I apologise for the inconvenience.

  4. mailxaminer
    May 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Hi, Rajaa Chowdhury

    Thanks for showing such a nice concern to my query and for recommending me such an excellent forensic tool. Since I was going through the link which you gave me, I was thinking all the way from the beginning that is there really a forensic tool like MailXaminer which can search, examine, analyze and on the same time collects forensic email evidences. I even downloaded the Trial Version of MailXaminer to Ensure does it really works like as they say? And I must say it worked way more better than what they say. All credit goes to you. I am highly obliged.
    Thanks anyways…

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 24, 2013 at 1:14 am

      :D Gr8 to hear that the recommendation resolved the issue for you. Sorry for the confusion in between, which got created because of your ID and the software recommended names both being the same. :)

  5. ha14
    May 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Analysing E-Mail Headers for Forensic Investigation
    http://www.jdfsl.org/subscriptions/abstracts/JDFSL-V6N2-column-Banday.pdf
    this can be difficult and sometime with no success

    if was sent from temporary account (or hijacked account) and ISP cancel it to be used for spam then the real sender can no longer be tracked (i guess so).

    First Responders Guide to Computer Forensics: Advanced Topics
    http://www.cert.org/archive/pdf/05hb003.pdf

  6. mailxaminer
    May 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Hi, Rajaa Chowdhury

    I assume you didn’t understood what exactly I was concerned about & was asking for. Let me explain you once again am having issues in analyzing email header of forensic email evidence. So please recommend me a tool which can ease my job.

  7. Harvey Victor Spector
    May 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Although I have not used it extensively, the Linux distro 'Kali' which is used for computer security comes with quite some tools for forensics. Do let me know.

  8. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Wasn't MailXaminer any help? There were products long ago from Legato ( now take over by EMC) know as EmailXtender and EmailXaminer. Probably you can Google for them.

    • mailxaminer
      May 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      I assume you didn’t understood what exactly I was concerned about & was asking for. Let me explain you once again am having issues in analyzing email header of forensic email evidence. So please recommend me a tool which can ease my job.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 23, 2013 at 1:35 am

      I probably understood and therefore asked "Wasn't MailXaminer any help?" as there is a software by that name. ( http://www.mailxaminer.com/ ). Also kindly read this article : http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/news/Azbn5ppFYMM/RBOB0yUKkxcJ

  9. Oron Joffe
    May 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Dear mailxaminer,
    Analysing email headers is primarily a matter of using knowledge and logic, and only then a matter or tools (sometimes), so I suggest you get someone with the expertise to help you with your case rather than invest time/money in a tool that won't do you any good. If you are interested in how one goes about analysing headers, have a look at this primer:
    http://antifraudintl.org/showthread.php?21446-Basic-email-header-analysis-tools-a-short-tutorial

    Best of luck!

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