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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

Android logical data acquisition

Logically acquiring the Android device allows gathering user data on the basis of communication with the base operating system. In most cases, and if prerequisites are verified (mostly a rooted device with USB debugging mode enabled), a logical acquisition can expose most of the valuable information on the device, including SMS, call history, application data, system logs, and media.

Gaining root access is a very important step in most Android forensic scenarios, and the decision to root a device or not must be taken with approval from a court of law. Most of the commercially available forensic tools offer automated, temporary root for Android devices (such as XRY, Oxygen Forensic Suite, Paraben's Device Seizure, or NowSecure Forensics Suite), but the result is still very device/Android version dependent.

If you are willing to do it manually, most of the logical acquisition process in Android devices can be conducted using ADB functionalities.

Logical data acquisition...