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Cellular GPS Evidence: Waze + Cellebrite + CellHawk

by Patrick Siewert, Principal Consultant, Pro Digital Forensic Consulting It’s becoming common knowledge that location evidence on cellular devices can provide a wealth of evidence in any number of civil, criminal and investigative matters. Law enforcement agencies use cellular location evidence from service providers to help place a criminal suspect at or near a crime … Continue reading

Samsung sBrowser – Android Forensics: A Look Into The Cache Files

by Robert Craig and Michael Lambert Abstract Samsung devices are a large portion of the Android OS market.  Samsung has its own Internet Browser, “sbrowser”, installed onto their devices.  All web browsers leave artifacts from user activity.  The “sbrowser” cache files were similar to other browsers.  An embedded source URL gave insight where the cached … Continue reading

Unlocking The Screen of an LG Android Smartphone with AT Modem Commands

by Oleg Davydov, CTO, Oxygen Forensics Modern smartphones are much more than just a device for voice calls. Now they contain a lot of personal data – contact list, communication history, photos, videos, Geo tags etc. Most smartphones can also work as a modem. Almost every modem is Hayes-compatible which means it supports commands of the … Continue reading

Who Is Spying On Android Users, Why Do They Do It And What Are They Doing With The Data?

If you’ve been following the news, you may already know about the many cases where companies, big and small, were caught spying on their users. It might appear that just about everyone making a phone or an app is after your personal information. In this article we’ll try to figure out who collects your personal … Continue reading

Attributing A Third Party To A Recovered (Deleted) IOS SMS Message

In a recent forensic case involving recovered deleted sms messages from an sms.db file on an IOS mobile device none of the mainstream mobile phone forensic software made the link between sender and recipient for the recovered records of interest. I have been asked a few times recently about obtaining the third party of a … Continue reading

Meeting A Forensic Challenge: Recovering Data From A Jolla Smartphone

by Davide Gabrini, Andrea Ghirardini, Mattia Epifani and Francesco Acchiappati Preface During the hacking camp MOCA 2016, at the end of a talk held by Davide “Rebus” Gabrini on passcode circumvention methods on mobile devices, a bystander offered an intriguing challenge: he offered for research purposes a smartphone to find out if and how someone … Continue reading

Forensic Analysis Of Third Party Applications: Instagram

by Nor Zarina Binti Zainal Abidin Abstract Forensic analysis of mobile phones’ third party applications is a new area that needs to be explored. There are a lot of third party applications available in App store. Mobile forensic software tools basically extracted typical mobile phone data such as contact numbers, text messages and call logs. These tools overlook information saved … Continue reading

The Future of Mobile Forensics

by Oleg Afonin, Danil Nikolaev & Yuri Gubanov © Belkasoft Research 2015 Most would agree that the golden age of mobile forensics is over. There is no longer an easy way to get through the passcode in new iOS devices running the latest version of iOS. Chip-off acquisition is dead for iOS devices due to … Continue reading

Capturing RAM Dumps and Imaging eMMC Storage on Windows Tablets

Oleg Afonin, Danil Nikolaev, Yuri Gubanov © Belkasoft Research 2015 While Windows desktops and laptops are relatively easy to acquire, the same cannot be said about portable Windows devices such as tablets and convertibles (devices with detachable keyboards). Having no FireWire ports and supplied with a limited set of external ports, these devices make attaching … Continue reading

SQLite Database Forensics – ‘Sleep Cycle’ Case Study

Recently one of our users, Dan Saunders, was kind enough to write up his experience using the Forensic Browser for SQLite on a database that was not supported by any other forensics tools – this is his story: SQLite databases are becoming more and more of a focus point for the present day Digital Forensics … Continue reading

Extracting data from dump of mobile devices running Android operating system

In this article, we are going to tell about opportunities of utilizing programs that are used on a day-to-day basis in computer forensics and examination for analysis of mobile devices running Android operating system. Introduction Most of the mobile devices in the world run Android operating system. It is no wonder that such devices are … Continue reading

Development of Digital Forensic Tools on Mobile Device, a Potential Area to Consider?

Case Study: MobileTriage – JPEG Metadata Triage – Automated Extraction of Information using Mobile Forensic Tools Background Mobile devices are now becoming part of our daily lives. These devices can now perform tasks or activities that were normally being processed in a normal desktop or laptop computers. Attachment to such devices is immensely increasing in … Continue reading

How To Decrypt WeChat EnMicroMsg.db Database?

WeChat is a smartphone application where users can chat with their friends, share pictures, videos and audio chats. Users can also make free video calls and voice calls with their friends as long as they have Internet connection. Recently, we received a request from the law enforcement agency to extract WeChat chat messages from an Android mobile … Continue reading

Why Offender Profiling is Changing Thanks to Mobile Forensics and Increasingly ‘Social’ Criminal Activity

by Yuval Ben-Moshe, senior director of forensic technologies at Cellebrite Mobile forensics has changed the methodology when it comes to offender profiling.  The frequent use of mobile devices has provided investigators with another source for profiling criminal suspects, as well as an insight into their habits and personalities. This is not just because of the … Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Android 4.3 Jelly Bean acquisition using Joint Test Action Group (JTAG)

There have been some issues during data acquisitions with Samsung Galaxy having the Android 4.3, Jelly Bean as the operating system even if using the recommended steps for Logical File Dump, File System, or Physical Acquisitions for Cellebrite UFED Touch, Classic, and UFED4PC. All were unable to connect even if the mobile device was in … Continue reading

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