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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


Forensics is an extremely technical discipline, so this chapter was meant to help clarify the principles of file carving, to demystify GPS data, and to clearly explain how photos are made binary. We went through some deep technical aspects of computing in general, we saw some file formats and how metadata is stored within them, we went through characters and string data types, and explained how to extract strings from smartphone dumps. This chapter (hopefully) also clarified the difference between some common string related concepts like encryption, encoding, and hashing.

Seeing the importance of understanding how smartphone applications behave in a forensic context, we picked over some techniques of reverse code engineering smartphone applications.

Now that we are familiar enough with some low-level techniques, we can go ahead and discuss iOS forensics in the next chapter.