Why Mobile Forensics?
As of 2016, there were 395.9 million wireless subscriber connections of smartphones, feature phones, and tablets in the United States. This is equivalent to a staggering 120.6 percent of the population. When cell phones and other mobile devices are involved in investigations, important digital evidence remains within those devices just waiting to be uncovered. Mobile forensics is the service through which examiners extract and ultimately make sense of the data stored within a mobile device. Modern smart phones contain a plethora of information that could potentially be of evidentiary value including:
- Incoming, outgoing, missed call history
- Phone book or contact lists
- SMS text, application based, and multimedia messaging content
- Pictures, videos and audio files and sometimes voicemail messages
- Internet browsing history, content, cookies, search history, analytics information
- To-do lists, notes, calendar entries, ringtones
- Documents, spreadsheets, presentation files and other user created data
- Passwords, pass codes, swipe codes, user account credentials
- Historical geolocation data, cell phone tower related location data, Wi-Fi connection information
- User dictionary content
- Data from various installed apps
- System files, usage logs, error messages
- Deleted data from all of the above
Data extracted from devices during the mobile forensics process can provide investigators and attorneys with the information they need to crack a case wide open. Mobile devices go everywhere the users goes which means they can tell a story about who the user is communicating with, what they are communicating about, and where the user has been. With the mass proliferation of mobile devices in the U.S. and around the world the field of mobile forensics is providing information that was unimaginable just a decade ago, creating windows where previously there were only brick walls.
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