Mobile Investigations

Everyone Has a Phone

Today nearly every digital forensic investigation deals with evidence from cell phones and tablets, and we refer to this branch of digital investigations as "mobile forensics". Fortunately there are a number of vendors providing software and hardware tools specifically targeting the needs of mobile forensics.

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Software for Mobile Investigations

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BlackLight ● Mobilyze
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BlackBag Technologies

Forensics for Mac & Windows
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Oxygen Forensics Detective

Oxygen Forensics

Mobile and cloud forensics
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Cell Phone Forensics
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MD-Live ● MD-Next ● MD-Red


Mobile Forensics
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Computer and cell phone forensics
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Magnet Forensics

Computer and Cell Phone Forensics
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Digital Forensics Platform


Extract. Exploit. Examine.
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Mobile Device Acquisition

Capturing evidence from cell phones and tablets is one of the biggest hurdles in mobile forensics. Unlike a computer, it's not typically feasible or practical to create a forensic image of the mobile device's internal storage. Instead, it's generally necessary to use a specialized tool like Cellebrite's UFED to acquire data from the mobile device.

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Mobile devices have "apps" (mobile applications) and each one can generate data and artifacts that may be relevant in an investigation. Tools like those from Cellebrite and Oxygen Forensics give the investigator the ability to browse and understand data generated by a range of mobile applications.

Using Cellebrite's UFED product to view hex data is similar to the way you might work using Guidance Software's EnCase product for desktop forensic analysis.

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Many cell phone apps store data in SQLite databases. Cellebrite's UFED product provides a convenient tool for examining these databases.

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Sometimes the mobile investigation is working from a backup image of the mobile device instead of data captured from the mobile device itself. Often these backups are encrypted, so decrypting them is an essential first step in the investigation. Tools like Oxygen Forensics Detective provide built-in support for decryption. In both cases the underlying decryption technology is provided by Passware, another leading forensics software vendor.

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