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Learning Android Forensics - Second Edition

By : Oleg Skulkin, Donnie Tindall, Rohit Tamma
Book Image

Learning Android Forensics - Second Edition

By: Oleg Skulkin, Donnie Tindall, Rohit Tamma

Overview of this book

Many forensic examiners rely on commercial, push-button tools to retrieve and analyze data, even though there is no tool that does either of these jobs perfectly. Learning Android Forensics will introduce you to the most up-to-date Android platform and its architecture, and provide a high-level overview of what Android forensics entails. You will understand how data is stored on Android devices and how to set up a digital forensic examination environment. As you make your way through the chapters, you will work through various physical and logical techniques to extract data from devices in order to obtain forensic evidence. You will also learn how to recover deleted data and forensically analyze application data with the help of various open source and commercial tools. In the concluding chapters, you will explore malware analysis so that you’ll be able to investigate cybersecurity incidents involving Android malware. By the end of this book, you will have a complete understanding of the Android forensic process, you will have explored open source and commercial forensic tools, and will have basic skills of Android malware identification and analysis.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Extracting data physically with Magnet ACQUIRE

ACQUIRE is a free tool by Magnet Forensics that can be used for the acquisition of a wide range of potential digital evidence sources, from hard drives and smartphones to cloud data. Of course, it supports both logical and physical acquisition of Android devices, up to the latest of those running Android Pie. The tool can be downloaded after registration here: https://www.magnetforensics.com/magnet-acquire/.

In this example, we are going to image a rooted smartphone running Android Oreo:

  1. Start by choosing the appropriate device from the list:

As you can see, our device has privileged access—this means that it's rooted. Also, we immediately have some metadata, such as OS version, device serial number, and so on. If the device you are going to image isn't listed for some reason, you can use the The device I&apos...