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Apple iPhone “Significant Locations”

Apple iPhone “Significant Locations” I recently attended a conference of civil litigators in Virginia.  During the cocktail hour and after a very interactive CLE presentation on “Leveraging Data in Insurance Fraud Investigations”, I was talking with a few attendees about…

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Discussion: SCOTUS, Carpenter & Call Detail Records

On November 29, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear arguments in the case of Carpenter v. US.  At the heart of the arguments is whether or not the government (i.e., law enforcement) need a search warrant…

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Cellular GPS Evidence: Waze + Cellebrite + CellHawk

It’s becoming common knowledge that location evidence on cellular devices can provide a wealth of evidence in any number of civil, criminal and investigative matters.  Law enforcement agencies use cellular location evidence from service providers to help place a criminal…

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Mobile Forensics Monkey Wrench: iOS 10.2 and Encryption

It’s not secret to those involved in the study and practice of mobile forensics that Apple likes to throw us curve balls with almost every new iteration of the iOS operating system.  It turns out, iOS 10.2 is no different (released…

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Holistic Mobile & Cellular Investigations

I’ve been attending a lot of training lately.  Because my training and experience initiated in law enforcement and in computer forensics and because the field of mobile device forensics has exploded so much, I have been catching up on newer methods…

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Don’t Forget the Victim (And Their Device)!

Regardless if your case involves computers, tablets, iPhones, Android devices or all of the above, one thing the investigative community can agree on is, every case is different.  Sure, certain cases will follow a workflow pattern, but the circumstances of every…

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Training Review: X-Ways Forensics

I’ve been involved in computer/digital forensics since 2009, starting off my first training with Basic Data Recovery & Acquisition (BDRA) given by the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)in Fairmont, WV. Many of you have probably started your forensic training at NW3C…

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Apple vs. the F.B.I: Some Forensic Implications

Never one to let a good legal-tech story opportunity go to waste, I started ruminating over the multitude of implications in the Apple vs. FBI matter.  There are certainly many factors which will inevitably lead to a decision.  These include legal, technical,…

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Clash of the Titans: Apple vs. The U.S. Government

I’ve had many spirited discussions and read many thought-provoking articles since the Federal Magistrate ordered Apple to cooperate (even more than they already have) with the FBI in the investigation of alleged San Bernardino terrorist Sayed Farook and his locked iPhone 5c.  Most…

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Neutrality in Digital Forensics

Let’s be honest, everyone has biases about many things in life. Whether you have a bias against people’s behavior during a full moon or a bias for or against the police in an investigation, biases come in all shapes, sizes…

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