Those of us familiar with the strengths and limitations of the commonly used commercially available mobile forensic tools know their limitations very well. Experiments like these start to push us beyond what is natively supported and help us take a deeper dive into the data to see what (sort of) hidden gems exist beyond what is served up on a silver platter. There’s a ton of data out there to be had. Companies like Cellebrite, Oxygen, MSAB and Magnet Forensics can’t be expected to support every version of every app. It’s simply not possible, or if it were, the costs for these tools would be astronomically higher than they are now.
It is incumbent upon the examiner to know what to look for, where to look for it (i.e., how to find it) and how to read and interpret what they find. Missing valuable data can mean the difference between determining culpable or responsible parties in civil matters or not and in criminal cases, could mean the difference between guilt or innocence.Author:
Patrick J. Siewert
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About the Author:
Patrick Siewert is the Principal Consultant of Pro Digital Forensic Consulting, based in Richmond, Virginia. In 15 years of law enforcement, he investigated hundreds of high-tech crimes, incorporating digital forensics into the investigations, and was responsible for investigating some of the highest jury and plea bargain child exploitation investigations in Virginia court history. Patrick is a graduate of SCERS, BCERT, the Reid School of Interview & Interrogation and multiple online investigation schools (among others). He is a Cellebrite Certified Operator and Physical Analyst. He continues to hone his digital forensic expertise in the private sector while growing his consulting & investigation business marketed toward litigators, professional investigators and corporations, while keeping in touch with the public safety community as a Law Enforcement Instructor.