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Mastering Mobile Forensics

By : Soufiane Tahiri
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Mastering Mobile Forensics

By: Soufiane Tahiri

Overview of this book

Mobile forensics presents a real challenge to the forensic community due to the fast and unstoppable changes in technology. This book aims to provide the forensic community an in-depth insight into mobile forensic techniques when it comes to deal with recent smartphones operating systems Starting with a brief overview of forensic strategies and investigation procedures, you will understand the concepts of file carving, GPS analysis, and string analyzing. You will also see the difference between encryption, encoding, and hashing methods and get to grips with the fundamentals of reverse code engineering. Next, the book will walk you through the iOS, Android and Windows Phone architectures and filesystem, followed by showing you various forensic approaches and data gathering techniques. You will also explore advanced forensic techniques and find out how to deal with third-applications using case studies. The book will help you master data acquisition on Windows Phone 8. By the end of this book, you will be acquainted with best practices and the different models used in mobile forensics.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Mastering Mobile Forensics
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Preparing a Mobile Forensic Workstation

String dump and analysis

Most digital investigations rely on textual evidence. This is obviously due to the fact that most stored digital data is linguistic, for example, logged conversation. A lot of important text-based evidence can be gathered while dumping strings from images (smartphone memory dumps); this can include e-mails, instant messaging, address books, browsing history, and more. Most of the currently available digital forensic tools rely on match and indexing algorithms to search for textual evidence at the physical level, so they search every byte to locate specific text strings.

Finding accurate hits is a critical need in every digital forensic case. In contrast to searching individual key terms or single words, things are much more complicated when an investigator wants to perform an advanced search such as for credit card numbers or phone number. Even if most digital forensic tools offer the capability to use regular expression for searching, the main difficulty resides...