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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

Webmail Forensics – Digging deeper into Browsers and Mobile Applications

Almost everyone who uses the Internet has a web-based email account. Many people have two or more, so the likelihood of a forensic investigator coming across a case involving webmail communication is very high. While law enforcement examiners can ask service providers for the email contents through a court order, corporate and non-government examiners have … Continue reading

WhatsApp – discovering timestamps of deleted messages

ABSTRACT:  This is a procedure for locating and parsing deleted messages timestamps in Android WhatsApp database. I did a little reverse engineering, using the hexadecimal tool of Physical Analyzer (UFED by Cellebrite), of the database of the popular messaging app WhatsApp for Android, because P.A. 3.8.6 does not display deleted messages WhatsApp, at least on … Continue reading

Man In The Middle Attack: Forensics

Yes, that’s right! Mr. Upset did not post ‘I am hating my new job’ as it appears in Figure 2, instead he wrote ‘I am loving my new job’. Then how did it happen and who did it? This article aims at addressing these questions. We fabricate a case where a person is an object … Continue reading

Extracting Evidence from Destroyed Skype Logs and Cleared SQLite Databases

Summary This article describes common approaches used for the recovery of cleared Skype histories and deleted chat logs, and discusses methods and techniques for recovering evidence from cleared and damaged SQLite databases. Introduction It is difficult to underestimate popularity of Skype. Hundreds of millions of people use Skype every day, generating a lot of potential … Continue reading

Analysis Of iOS Notes App

As part of my third year studying Digital Security,Forensics & Ethical Hacking at GCU, I took part in a group research project to study the artifacts created when using the notes app on an iPad Mini, and if they could be used as evidence. This post is really just going to explain what I did, … Continue reading

Streamlining Digital Forensics through Google Glass Eyes

The world of digital forensics involves the use of a very diverse array of tools, some highly specialized and technical and others pretty simple, as we all know, and these tools are constantly evolving as the digital landscape itself changes and becomes more complex (and more defensive if we’re also talking about those who try … Continue reading

Cyber Security Challenge in Scotland

Towards the end of August, I was part of the team who were offered to help out and participate at an exciting event held at Glasgow Caledonian University. The event ran over five days with each day varied in content and different challenges. In this post I aim to give a rough breakdown of each … Continue reading

From iPhone to Access Point

Introduction A wireless Access Point (AP) is a device that allows wireless devices to connect to internet using Wi-Fi. With the remarkable increase in number of wireless devices the number of APs has also increased drastically to serve the Wi-Fi needs of these devices. We have APs at home, offices, airports, public hotspots. Any clue … Continue reading

Geo-tag Forensics

Introduction A geo-tagged image is an image which holds geographical identification metadata. This data consists of latitude and longitude co-ordinates (sometimes altitude also). Though there are some extremely powerful tools available for extracting geo-tag information from geo-tagged images but the insight knowledge of how a tool actually works and gets the data for us is … Continue reading

Extracting data from damaged mobile devices

For the last few years we have successfully extracted data from various mobile device, such as cell phones, smartphones, tablets, etc. Among devices to be examined, we came across defective mobile devices (damaged mechanically, by fire or due to being stored in harsh or hostile environmental conditions) from which digital evidence should also be extracted. … Continue reading

Geo-tagging & Photo Tracking On iOS

As you may already know, Apple has always been criticized for using their extremely popular devices to track users and use this information to expand their own databases. This tutorial assumes that you have already jailbroken your device and you know how to navigate your way through iOS menus, if you don’t then check out our other articles … Continue reading

Mobile Device Geotags & Armed Forces

In recent years it has been noticeable that the amount of people carrying a smart phone has increased exponentially. This is down to their low price and availability; even children as young as 12 have a smart phone. However, most people who own a smart phone are not aware of the data hidden in even … Continue reading

Categorization of embedded system forensic collection methodologies

There are many classifications as far as forensic data collection is concerned, but much of it is still a de facto and Wild West when it comes to naming convention. This is especially true in the embedded system area. When I refer to embedded systems, I think of specialized devices, sometimes in a larger system … Continue reading

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