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Misnamed files (also called files with a

One simple way to disguise a file’s contents is to change the file’s name to something innocuous. For example, if an investigator was looking for images by searching or filtering for a particular file extension (i.e. .gif), any file whose extension had been changed by the user to ‘rtf’ would not appear as a result of the search. Forensic examiners use special techniques (signature analysis) to determine if this has occurred, which the casual user would not normally be aware of.

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