Backtracking is a process of tracking a hacker’s movements by reviewing the digital footprints left behind after an attack. This technique assists government agencies and security analysts in detecting the perpetrator’s location, identity, and tactics and stopping subsequent attacks by identifying flaws the attackers exploited.

Examples of Backtracking

Backtracking vs. Digital Forensics

Backtracking mainly concentrates on tracking the attacker’s steps, whereas digital forensics comprises a wider range of actions, such as collecting, preserving, analyzing, and presenting digital evidence in legal cases.