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Practical Mobile Forensics - Second Edition

By : Heather Mahalik, Rohit Tamma, Satish Bommisetty
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Practical Mobile Forensics - Second Edition

By: Heather Mahalik, Rohit Tamma, Satish Bommisetty

Overview of this book

Mobile phone forensics is the science of retrieving data from a mobile phone under forensically sound conditions. This book is an update to Practical Mobile Forensics and it delves into the concepts of mobile forensics and its importance in today's world. We will deep dive into mobile forensics techniques in iOS 8 - 9.2, Android 4.4 - 6, and Windows Phone devices. We will demonstrate the latest open source and commercial mobile forensics tools, enabling you to analyze and retrieve data effectively. You will learn how to introspect and retrieve data from cloud, and document and prepare reports for your investigations. By the end of this book, you will have mastered the current operating systems and techniques so you can recover data from mobile devices by leveraging open source solutions.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Practical Mobile Forensics - Second Edition
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Analyzing an Android image

The term "Android image" refers to the physical image (also called forensic image or raw image) that is obtained by performing any of the physical data extraction techniques. Using the techniques explained in Chapter 9, Android Data Extraction Techniques, you can image the entire /data/data block or any particular block that is of relevance to the investigation. Once the image is obtained, an investigator can manually go through the contents of the file or take advantage of the available tools to parse through the contents. Commercial tools, such as Cellebrite, XRY, and so on, can drill into the data and present a comprehensive picture of the contents. Autopsy is one of the very widely-used open source tools in the forensics world that performs an excellent job of analyzing an Android image.


Autopsy is a forensic platform and acts as a GUI for the Sleuth Kit. It is available for free download at The Sleuth Kit is a collection of...