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Non Life Sciences => Geek Speak => Topic started by: syhprum on 24/01/2018 15:30:53

Title: Could forbidden material could be loaded onto my computer remotely?
Post by: syhprum on 24/01/2018 15:30:53
Many people have had their lives ruined because their computers have been examined forensically and found to contain forbidden materiel.
Is it possible for such materiel to be loaded from a remote source without the relatively unskilled owner knowing it is there but it still shows up with skilled forensic analysis ? 
Title: Re: Could forbidden material could be loaded onto my computer remotely?
Post by: RD on 24/01/2018 18:22:50
There is ransomware which claims to do that ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ransomware#Reveton
Title: Re: Could forbidden material could be loaded onto my computer remotely?
Post by: syhprum on 24/01/2018 19:06:32
Many thanks for the interesting link, but my question is not answered could this damaging materiel be put on my computer without my knowledge but could still be found by professional forensic people
Simply putting on and then deleting it would make it hidden for a while but  in time it would be overwritten, I understand you can have hidden sectors on your hard drive but I do not know if they can be produced remotely.
Title: Re: Could forbidden material could be loaded onto my computer remotely?
Post by: RD on 24/01/2018 19:38:45
If they have administrator privileges, then they can remotely do anything  ....

Quote from: microsoft.com
With Remote Desktop Connection, you can connect to a computer running Windows from another computer running Windows that's connected to the same network or to the Internet. For example, you can use all of your work computer's programs, files, and network resources from your home computer, and it's just like you're sitting in front of your computer at work.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17463/windows-7-connect-to-another-computer-remote-desktop-connection

That's why you should not run internet browsers as administrator.
Title: Re: Could forbidden material could be loaded onto my computer remotely?
Post by: evan_au on 24/01/2018 20:18:52
It is possible for web pages to download images, but only display 1 pixel of the image (for example). You would not know it was there, but it would still be sitting in your browser cache.

Even if you empty your browser cache every time you shut down your browser, an undelete operation will reveal it.

It will eventually get overwritten, but if you have a TeraByte disk drive which is only 30% full at the moment, that disk space may not get recycled and overwritten for years.

Malware and maldata can be loaded from infected USB drives, which is why you need an up-to-date virus checker which scans the USB stick before it lets you access the USB drive, and will block any autorun software on the USB stick.
Title: Re: Could forbidden material could be loaded onto my computer remotely?
Post by: syhprum on 24/01/2018 23:49:29
I guess if you hear the police pounding on the door you should quickly remove the disk drive from your computer and hide or destroy it !
Title: Re: Could forbidden material could be loaded onto my computer remotely?
Post by: chris on 25/01/2018 19:32:30
I guess if you hear the police pounding on the door you should quickly remove the disk drive from your computer and hide or destroy it !

Why, what have you got to hide?!
Title: Re: Could forbidden material could be loaded onto my computer remotely?
Post by: wolfekeeper on 25/01/2018 20:02:29
Yes, somebody could remotely put material on your computer.

In most cases though forensic examination of your hard drive would be able to give evidence that you did or didn't do this.
Title: Re: Could forbidden material could be loaded onto my computer remotely?
Post by: syhprum on 25/01/2018 22:31:47
I don't know what forbidden materiel has been put on it is hidden in some way from my unskilled eyes