Investigating an engineering workstation – Part 3

In our third blog post (part one and two are referenced above) we will focus on information we can get from the projects itself. You may remember from Part 1 that a project created with the TIA Portal is not a single file. So far we talked about files with the “.apXX” extension, like “.ap15_1” … Continue reading Investigating an engineering workstation – Part 3

Investigating an engineering workstation – Part 2

In this second post we will focus on specific evidence written by the TIA Portal. As you might remember, in the first part we covered standard Windows-based artefacts regarding execution of the TIA Portal and usage of projects. The TIA Portal maintains a file called “Settings.xml” under the following path: C:\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Siemens\Portal V15_1\Settings\. Please remember we … Continue reading Investigating an engineering workstation – Part 2

Investigating an engineering workstation – Part 1

In this series of blog posts we will deal with the investigation of an engineering workstation running Windows 10 with the Siemens TIA Portal Version 15.1 installed. In this first part we will cover some selected classic Windows-based evidence sources, and how they behave with regards to the execution of the TIA Portal and interaction … Continue reading Investigating an engineering workstation – Part 1

Building an ICS Firing Range – Part 2 (Defcon 29 ICS Village)

As discussed in our first post in the series about our ICS firing range, we came to the conclusion that we had to build a lab ourselves. Now, this turned out to be a quite tricky task and in this blog post I am going to tell you why: which challenges we faced and which … Continue reading Building an ICS Firing Range – Part 2 (Defcon 29 ICS Village)

Building an ICS Firing Range – Part 1 (Defcon 29 ICS Village)

An Incident in a Water Treatment Plant Beginning of this year, the supposed hack of a Water Treatment plant in Florida made some waves. While we often read about news-worthy hacks, this one stuck out due to the apparent simplicity of the compromise and the severe consequences it could have had. So, what had happened? … Continue reading Building an ICS Firing Range – Part 1 (Defcon 29 ICS Village)