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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

Third-party applications

All the third party applications are somehow organized the same way within iOS and they all belong to AppDomain and are stored in the Data partition. All commercially available forensic tools focus on interrogating application data. Most of the valuable information is stored in property list and SQLite formats. Media, such as videos, photos, and audio, is stored in general within a subdirectory in the same application folder.

Here, we will go through a forensic analysis of WhatsApp, the well-known cross platform mobile messenger that has replaced many cases traditional SMS services and offers the ability to exchange unlimited text messages, sending and receiving photos, videos, sharing geolocation, audio messages, making VoIP calls, and more. The following was an acquisition from an iPhone 5 running iOS 9.2.

All WhatsApp data can be found in mobile/Application/net.whatsapp.WhatsApp/ and the most valuable files and directories are as follows:

  • ChatStorage.sqlite

  • StatusMessages...