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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

Chapter 4. Android Forensics

Android-based smartphones have grown their consumer base in the past few years. At the same time, investigation needs have evolved as a consequence of the new smartphones that have entered the landscape. In order to answer some interesting questions about Android forensics, this chapter will bring to light some important points about Android OS internals, filesystem, data structure, and security models. It will discuss how it is possible to logically and physically acquire an Android device. We will also see what JTAGs are and what the chip-off technique is; this chapter will also explain how to bypass lock screens, security, and encryption. In this chapter, we will discuss a real case of forensic analysis of a third-party application.

This chapter will cover the following topics:

  • Android OS – all you need to know

  • Android security model

  • Bypassing security

  • Android logical data acquisition

  • Android physical data acquisition

  • JTAG and chip-off forensic examinations

  • Third...