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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

Artifact location and user PIN study

In this section, we will look for the location of some of the evidence generated by a Windows Phone 8+ device. Usually, in a forensics investigation process, SMS/MMS messages are some of the most looked-for evidence. Windows Phone 8.x stores MMS data at %DataDrive%:\SharedData\Comms\Unistore\data\ as .dat files under subdirectories named 0 to +99 with more subdirectories named a to p.

The following is a picture contained within a received MMS:

The SMS and contact information (including synced contacts from LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter) data is stored under the %DataDrive%:\Users\WPCOMMSERVICES\APPDATA\Local\Unistore\ directory as a store.vol file, which is an ESE database:

The database is simply a huge repository of evidence and contains more than 54 tables (Activity, Appointment, EmailMetadata, EmailRecipientInfo, and so on). You can explore it using the ESEDatabaseView downloadable from This utility...