Mobile Phone Forensics

Mobile Phone Analysis is the digital forensic approach concerned with the systematic examination of mobile phone handsets and all attached media – such as SIM cards and memory storage cards. With the ever increasing functionality of today’s Smartphones, more extensive and creative uses for these devices are evident in more and more criminal activity.

We can gather a huge amount of data from today’s smart phones, including:

Call Logs and Contacts

Call Logs and Contacts

Text Messages

Text Messages

Instant Messages

Instant Messages

Emails

Emails

Images, Videos and Audio

Images, Videos and Audio

Internet History

Internet History

GPS and Map Data

GPS and Map Data

Documents and App Data

Documents and App Data

Advice For Preserving Mobile Evidence

  • Cease Use of the Device – Further use of a mobile phone or tablet means remnants of vital data could be overwritten due to the smaller memory of the device.
  • Turn Off the Device – This will prevent the data from being lost completely, and allow you the best chances to obtain your desired results.
  • Call IntaForensics – Whether data analysis, or simple data recovery, IntaForensics are on hand to assist you whatever your problem. We use a combination of analytical experience, knowledge and the latest forensic tools and equipment in order to stand the best chances of obtain the results you require.

The Technical Part:

Standard Smartphone Process:

Automatic Handset, SIM Card & Memory Card Analysis

Automatic Handset Analysis is where the particular handset is supported by the forensic software at the IntaForensics’ lab. This allows mobile phone data to be extracted automatically which is then followed by a manual verification to confirm the extraction is complete and correct.

Manual Handset, SIM Card & Memory Card Analysis

Manual Handset Analysis is where the particular handset is not supported by the forensic software available or support is limited. Therefore, the analyst must manually search the device for the incriminating evidence and produce records of each screen. Verified data is recorded and produced both physically and electronically.

Advanced Data Recovery

Smartphone data far exceeds traditional mobile phones in terms of quantity. Instant messaging, VOIP applications and more require more advanced recovery methods. Advanced Mobile Data Recovery processes allow extraction of both present and deleted data on a number of popular phone Models e.g. iPhones, Android and Windows Phones. Utilising specialist tools and techniques, including JTAG and “Chip Off”, increases the acquisition capabiliies from advances and encrypted handsets.

Advanced Smartphone Process:

Chip Off Analysis:

The process of removing memory chips from the device and using forensic tools to extract the data directly from the chip. As the chip is removed from the device, this would render the device unusable, and is often used as a last resort means of data acquisition.

JTAG:

The process of utilising a processor to engage in the transferring of data stored on memory chips onto access ports, which can then be connected to forensic tools, otherwise only obtainable via the Chip-Off method.

Why IntaForensics?

With years of industry experience, technical excellence and a dedicated team, IntaForensics are capable of offering the full range of digital investigation services, and are able to adapt to the unique and individual needs of solicitors, private clients, Law Enforcement Agencies and commercial organisations.

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