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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

Windows Phone logical acquisition

Windows Phone 8.x is one of the most challenging smartphone operating systems in a forensics context. Common acquisition methods are not fully supported and only a few available forensic tools can perform partial logical acquisitions from Windows Phone devices.

Most of the commercial tools offer only very limited data acquisition or only over-the-air (cloud) acquisition, as we will see in the following sections. As most forensic examiners rely on forensic tools, facing a Windows Phone 8.x device remains a relatively big deal, especially when some tools list some devices as supported even if that's not the case. The Computer Forensic Tool Testing (CFTT) program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology publicly reports test results for mobile device acquisition tools (, and almost all tools fail when acquiring data from Windows-based devices. Phone Forensics Express v2.1.2.2761 was not able to connect...