The 1st EU conference of DFRWS was held in 2014 in Amsterdam at the Pakhuis De Zwijger. Paper, symposia, plenary and poster sessions were held throughout the day on May 7, 8 and 9. There were a total of 130 participants from more than 15 countries.

Keynote speakers were Peter Zinn, the Senior Cybercrime Advisor for the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit, and Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm from Bureau Brandijs. Peter Zinn spoke about how the pace of change within digital forensics makes it difficult for law enforcement agents to keep up to date. He highlighted the difficulty with preventing criminals who are predominantly active online, citing two of the main problems as being the general availability of internet access and the concept of the internet having “no borders”, making it difficult for cases to be built against web-savvy criminals who work across international borders. Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm addressed the difficulty of explaining to non-experts how digital evidence is forensically extracted, and how it can back up certain elements of a case. He emphasized that it is important to be able to demonstrate that extrapolated data backs up facts rather than theories.

There where a total of 14 accepted papers which are all published in the Proceedings of the First Annual DFRWS Europe Volume 11, Supplement 1, Pages S1-S120 (May 2014).

The Best Paper Award went to “Robust Linux Memory Acquisition with Minimal Target Impact” by Johannes Stuettgen and Michael Cohen.

Conference Location:

Pakhuis de Zwijger Amsterdam, Netherlands

May 7, 2014 to May 9, 2014

Pakhuis De Zwijger (De Zwijger warehouse) is an original warehouse built in 1934, and was initially, a warehouse located near the silent island. Pakhuis De Zwijger houses a cafe, an auditorium that can seat up to 600 people, multiple halls and meeting rooms, radio and television studios, and multimedia workshops. Apart from being a platform for like-minded people to come together, the venue is a perfect place for private events, including readings, workshops, conferences and gatherings of the design, new media, and creative industries; it’s all about innovation. Located on the Piet Heinkade above the Jan Schaeffer bridge, the warehouse also holds the offices of several cultural organizations.


Police, cyber and forensics

Peter Zinn | Senior Cybercrime Advisor for the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit

Abstract: What does a National Police mean for forensics? What is the role of the National High Tech Crime Unit? Is cybercrime really different from regular crime? Is there a future for digital forensics?

Bio: Peter Zinn is Senior Cybercrime Advisor for the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit. As a trend watcher he translates technology and threats to strategies and solutions. An award winning speaker, Peter presented at various congresses like Interpol, Europol, FBI, and FIRST.

The importance of fact-finding in technology cases

Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm |

Bio: Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm is a technology lawyer, specialized in complex litigation. He has been working on technology related cases since the advent of the commercial internet. He is known for his work in peer-to-peer and BitTorrent related litigation. His knowledge about the obligations of internet intermediaries, such as Google, eBay and ISPs, is unprecedented. His recent cases include the landmark victory for ISP XS4ALL against anti-piracy organization BREIN over the blocking of access to The Pirate Bay. He is the founding partner of bureau Brandeis. Besides his work as an attorney, he is a senior lecturer at the University of Amsterdam.


Mikael Lindström: “EC3 – European Cyber Crime Centre – fighting crime from the international perspective”

Bio: Mr Lindstrom is a Swedish Police officer with over 20 years of vast policing experience. His career began as a patrolling officer and via criminal investigations and criminal intelligence positions he became in 1999 a specialist investigator on IT-related crime with a focus on digital forensics. After working at both regional and national level, he moved on to the international level when he joined the Europol High Tech Crime Centre in 2006. Currently Lindstrom is a cybercrime expert and team leader in the Forensic IT and R&D unit of the European Cybercrime Centre, EC3, at Europol.


Organizing Committee

Conference Chair

Eoghan Casey (MITRE)

Conference Vice Chairs

Pavel Gladyshev (University College Dublin) & Hans Henseler (Hogeschool van Amsterdam)

Technical Program Chair

Zeno Geradts (Netherlands Forensic Institute) and Thomas Gloe (dence, Germany)

Technical Program Vice Chair

Bruce Nikkel (UBS)

Technical Program Peer Review Coordination

Andreas Schuster

Workshop Chair

Peter Sommer (London School of Economics)

Workshop Vice Chair

Owen O'Connor (Cernam) & Robert-Jan Mora (Royal Dutch Shell)

Local Arrangements

Hans Henseler (Hogeschool van Amsterdam)


Philip Anderson (Northumbria University) and Frederic Baguelin (Arxsys)


Vassil Roussev (University of New Orleans)


Robert-Jan Mora (Royal Dutch Shell)


Annika Kuyper (Hogeschool van Amsterdam)


Tim Vidas (Carnegie Mellon University)


Daryl Pfeif (Digital Forensics Solutions)

Advertising / Sponsorship

Daryl Pfeif (Digital Forensics Solutions) & Robert-Jan Mora

Technical Program Committee

Olga Angelopoulou

University of Derby, UK

Philip Anderson

Northumbria University

Cosimo Anglano

Universita' del Piemonte Orientale

Frederic Baguelin


Nicole Beebe

The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA

Christiaan Beek


Jeroen van den Bos

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Owen Brady

King's College London, UK

Frank Breitinger

da/sec, Germany

Jorge Capmany

European Central Bank

Eoghan Casey


Ahmad Raza Cheema

National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan

Rob Coenraads


Michael Cohen


Luciana Duranti

University of British Columbia, Canada

Erwin J. van Eijk

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Reza Elgalai

UTT, France

Jon Evans


Katrin Franke

Gjøvik University College, Norway

Felix Freiling

University of Erlangen, Germany

Simson Garfinkel

Naval Postgraduate School, California

Zeno Geradtz

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Pavel Gladyshev

University College Dublin

Thomas Gloe

dence, Germany

Ferry Van der Heijden

ING, Netherlands

Hans Henseler

Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Thorsten Holz

Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

David-Olivier Jaquet-Chifelle

Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

Matthias Kirchner

WWU Münster, Germany

Ronald van der Knijff

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Jesse Kornblum


Markus Kuhn

University of Cambridge, UK

Hanno Langweg

Gjøvik University College, Norway

Armet Lee

TD Bank Group

Jean-Francois Legault

JPMorgan Chase

Timothy Leschke

Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), USA

Andrew Marrington

Zayed University, United Arab Emirates

Robert-Jan Mora

Royal Dutch Shell

Holger Morgenstern


Martin Mulazzani

SBA Research, Austria

Bruce Nikkel


Owen O'Connor


Gilbert Peterson

US Air Force Institute of Technology

Daryl Pfeif

Digital Forensics Solutions, USA

Christian Riess

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Vassil Roussev

University of New Orleans

Mark Scanlon

UCD, Ireland

Bradley Schatz

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Andreas Schuster

Deutsche Telekom AG

Ahmed F. Shosha

UCD, Ireland

Patrick De Smet

NICC, Belgium

Jacob Solal

ArxSys, France

Peter Sommer

London School of Economics

Michael Spreitzenbarth

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Iain Sutherland

University of Glamorgan, UK

Marian Svetlik

Risk Analysis Consultants, Czech Republic

Jean-Philippe Teissier

Société Générale

Erik Tews

TU Darmstadt, Germany

Simon Tjoa

University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten, Austria

Theo Tryfonas

University of Bristol, UK

Philip Turner

Hewlett-Packard / QinetiQ

Timothy Vidas

Carnegie Mellon University


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