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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

Mobile device identification

Device identification is an interesting and important part of any investigation process that allows an examiner to choose an appropriate forensic tool to identify a particular device at a later time. A mobile device is identified by its make, model, and service provider. In the most recent devices, the manufacturer's label is visible in the device's battery compartment but the examiner should be aware of the fact that removing the battery may affect the state of the device's volatile memory even if the device is found in an inactive/turned off state.

There are many "tips" that the examiner can use to identify a mobile device including the following:

Physical characteristics

The examiner can rely on the device's physical characteristics to identify its make and model. The dimensions, weight, shape, and unique design of some particular devices can help the examiner to either immediately identify a device or to query available online repositories (http://www.gsmarena...