The book is an easy-to-follow guide with clear instructions on various mobile forensic techniques. The chapters and the topics within are structured for a smooth learning curve, which will swiftly empower you to master mobile forensics. If you are a budding forensic analyst, consultant, engineer, or a forensic professional wanting to expand your skillset, this is the book for you. The book will also be beneficial to those with an interest in mobile forensics or wanting to find data lost on mobile devices. It will be helpful to be familiar with forensics in general but no prior experience is required to follow this book.
A hands-on guide to mastering mobile forensics for the iOS, Android, and the Windows Phone platforms About This Book Get to grips with the basics of mobile forensics and the various forensic approaches Retrieve and analyze the data stored on mobile devices and on the cloud A practical guide to leverage the power of mobile forensics on the popular mobile platforms with lots of tips, tricks and caveats Who This Book Is For This book is for forensics professionals who are eager to widen their forensics skillset to mobile forensics and acquire data from mobile devices. What You Will Learn Discover the new features in practical mobile forensics Understand the architecture and security mechanisms present in iOS and Android platforms Identify sensitive files on the iOS and Android platforms Set up the forensic environment Extract data on the iOS and Android platforms Recover data on the iOS and Android platforms Understand the forensics of Windows devices Explore various third-party application techniques and data recovery techniques In Detail 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. Style and approach This book takes a very practical approach and depicts real-life mobile forensics scenarios with lots of tips and tricks to help acquire the required forensics skillset for various mobile platforms.
This new edition provides both theoretical and practical background of security and forensics for mobile phones. The author discusses confidentiality, integrity, and availability threats in mobile telephones to provide background for the rest of the book. Security and secrets of mobile phones are discussed including software and hardware interception, fraud and other malicious techniques used “against” users. The purpose of this book is to raise user awareness in regards to security and privacy threats present in the use of mobile phones while readers will also learn where forensics data reside in the mobile phone and the network and how to conduct a relevant analysis. The information on denial of service attacks has been thoroughly updated for the new edition. Also, a major addition to this edition is a section discussing software defined radio and open source tools for mobile phones.
Author: Darren R. Hayes
Publisher: Pearson IT Certification
Release Date: 2014-12-17
All you need to know to succeed in digital forensics: technical and investigative skills, in one book Complete, practical, and up-to-date Thoroughly covers digital forensics for Windows, Mac, mobile, hardware, and networks Addresses online and lab investigations, documentation, admissibility, and more By Dr. Darren Hayes, founder of Pace University’s Code Detectives forensics lab–one of America’s “Top 10 Computer Forensics Professors” Perfect for anyone pursuing a digital forensics career or working with examiners Criminals go where the money is. Today, trillions of dollars of assets are digital, and digital crime is growing fast. In response, demand for digital forensics experts is soaring. To succeed in this exciting field, you need strong technical and investigative skills. In this guide, one of the world’s leading computer orensics experts teaches you all the skills you’ll need. Writing for students and professionals at all levels, Dr. Darren Hayes presents complete best practices for capturing and analyzing evidence, protecting the chain of custody, documenting investigations, and scrupulously adhering to the law, so your evidence can always be used. Hayes introduces today’s latest technologies and technical challenges, offering detailed coverage of crucial topics such as mobile forensics, Mac forensics, cyberbullying, and child endangerment. This guide’s practical activities and case studies give you hands-on mastery of modern digital forensics tools and techniques. Its many realistic examples reflect the author’s extensive and pioneering work as a forensics examiner in both criminal and civil investigations. Understand what computer forensics examiners do, and the types of digital evidence they work with Explore Windows and Mac computers, understand how their features affect evidence gathering, and use free tools to investigate their contents Extract data from diverse storage devices Establish a certified forensics lab and implement good practices for managing and processing evidence Gather data and perform investigations online Capture Internet communications, video, images, and other content Write comprehensive reports that withstand defense objections and enable successful prosecution Follow strict search and surveillance rules to make your evidence admissible Investigate network breaches, including dangerous Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) Retrieve immense amounts of evidence from smartphones, even without seizing them Successfully investigate financial fraud performed with digital devices Use digital photographic evidence, including metadata and social media images
Master the tools and techniques of mobile forensic investigations Conduct mobile forensic investigations that are legal, ethical, and highly effective using the detailed information contained in this practical guide. Mobile Forensic Investigations: A Guide to Evidence Collection, Analysis, and Presentation fully explains the latest tools and methods along with features, examples, and real-world case studies. Find out how to assemble a mobile forensics lab, collect prosecutable evidence, uncover hidden files, and lock down the chain of custody. This comprehensive resource shows not only how to collect and analyze mobile device data but also how to accurately document your investigations to deliver court-ready documents. • Legally seize mobile devices, USB drives, SD cards, and SIM cards • Uncover sensitive data through both physical and logical techniques • Properly package, document, transport, and store evidence • Work with free, open source, and commercial forensic software • Perform a deep dive analysis of iOS, Android, and Windows Phone file systems • Extract evidence from application, cache, and user storage files • Build SQLite queries and Python scripts for mobile device file interrogation • Prepare reports that will hold up to judicial and defense scrutiny
Develop the capacity to dig deeper into mobile device data acquisition About This Book A mastering guide to help you overcome the roadblocks you face when dealing with mobile forensics Excel at the art of extracting data, recovering deleted data, bypassing screen locks, and much more Get best practices to how to collect and analyze mobile device data and accurately document your investigations Who This Book Is For The book is for mobile forensics professionals who have experience in handling forensic tools and methods. This book is designed for skilled digital forensic examiners, mobile forensic investigators, and law enforcement officers. What You Will Learn Understand the mobile forensics process model and get guidelines on mobile device forensics Acquire in-depth knowledge about smartphone acquisition and acquisition methods Gain a solid understanding of the architecture of operating systems, file formats, and mobile phone internal memory Explore the topics of of mobile security, data leak, and evidence recovery Dive into advanced topics such as GPS analysis, file carving, encryption, encoding, unpacking, and decompiling mobile application processes In Detail Mobile forensics presents a real challenge to the forensic community due to the fast and unstoppable changes in technology. This book aims to provide the forensic community an in-depth insight into mobile forensic techniques when it comes to deal with recent smartphones operating systems Starting with a brief overview of forensic strategies and investigation procedures, you will understand the concepts of file carving, GPS analysis, and string analyzing. You will also see the difference between encryption, encoding, and hashing methods and get to grips with the fundamentals of reverse code engineering. Next, the book will walk you through the iOS, Android and Windows Phone architectures and filesystem, followed by showing you various forensic approaches and data gathering techniques. You will also explore advanced forensic techniques and find out how to deal with third-applications using case studies. The book will help you master data acquisition on Windows Phone 8. By the end of this book, you will be acquainted with best practices and the different models used in mobile forensics. Style and approach The book is a comprehensive guide that will help the IT forensics community to go more in-depth into the investigation process and mobile devices take-over.
If you are a forensic analyst or an information security professional wanting to develop your knowledge of Android forensics, then this is the book for you. Some basic knowledge of the Android mobile platform is expected.
Master powerful strategies to acquire and analyze evidence from real-life scenarios About This Book A straightforward guide to address the roadblocks face when doing mobile forensics Simplify mobile forensics using the right mix of methods, techniques, and tools Get valuable advice to put you in the mindset of a forensic professional, regardless of your career level or experience Who This Book Is For This book is for forensic analysts and law enforcement and IT security officers who have to deal with digital evidence as part of their daily job. Some basic familiarity with digital forensics is assumed, but no experience with mobile forensics is required. What You Will Learn Understand the challenges of mobile forensics Grasp how to properly deal with digital evidence Explore the types of evidence available on iOS, Android, Windows, and BlackBerry mobile devices Know what forensic outcome to expect under given circumstances Deduce when and how to apply physical, logical, over-the-air, or low-level (advanced) acquisition methods Get in-depth knowledge of the different acquisition methods for all major mobile platforms Discover important mobile acquisition tools and techniques for all of the major platforms In Detail Investigating digital media is impossible without forensic tools. Dealing with complex forensic problems requires the use of dedicated tools, and even more importantly, the right strategies. In this book, you'll learn strategies and methods to deal with information stored on smartphones and tablets and see how to put the right tools to work. We begin by helping you understand the concept of mobile devices as a source of valuable evidence. Throughout this book, you will explore strategies and "plays" and decide when to use each technique. We cover important techniques such as seizing techniques to shield the device, and acquisition techniques including physical acquisition (via a USB connection), logical acquisition via data backups, over-the-air acquisition. We also explore cloud analysis, evidence discovery and data analysis, tools for mobile forensics, and tools to help you discover and analyze evidence. By the end of the book, you will have a better understanding of the tools and methods used to deal with the challenges of acquiring, preserving, and extracting evidence stored on smartphones, tablets, and the cloud. Style and approach This book takes a unique strategy-based approach, executing them on real-world scenarios. You will be introduced to thinking in terms of "game plans," which are essential to succeeding in analyzing evidence and conducting investigations.
Get started with the art and science of digital forensics with this practical, hands-on guide! About This Book Champion the skills of digital forensics by understanding the nature of recovering and preserving digital information which is essential for legal or disciplinary proceedings Explore new and promising forensic processes and tools based on 'disruptive technology' to regain control of caseloads. Richard Boddington, with 10+ years of digital forensics, demonstrates real life scenarios with a pragmatic approach Who This Book Is For This book is for anyone who wants to get into the field of digital forensics. Prior knowledge of programming languages (any) will be of great help, but not a compulsory prerequisite. What You Will Learn Gain familiarity with a range of different digital devices and operating and application systems that store digital evidence. Appreciate and understand the function and capability of forensic processes and tools to locate and recover digital evidence. Develop an understanding of the critical importance of recovering digital evidence in pristine condition and ensuring its safe handling from seizure to tendering it in evidence in court. Recognise the attributes of digital evidence and where it may be hidden and is often located on a range of digital devices. Understand the importance and challenge of digital evidence analysis and how it can assist investigations and court cases. Explore emerging technologies and processes that empower forensic practitioners and other stakeholders to harness digital evidence more effectively. In Detail Digital Forensics is a methodology which includes using various tools, techniques, and programming language. This book will get you started with digital forensics and then follow on to preparing investigation plan and preparing toolkit for investigation. In this book you will explore new and promising forensic processes and tools based on 'disruptive technology' that offer experienced and budding practitioners the means to regain control of their caseloads. During the course of the book, you will get to know about the technical side of digital forensics and various tools that are needed to perform digital forensics. This book will begin with giving a quick insight into the nature of digital evidence, where it is located and how it can be recovered and forensically examined to assist investigators. This book will take you through a series of chapters that look at the nature and circumstances of digital forensic examinations and explains the processes of evidence recovery and preservation from a range of digital devices, including mobile phones, and other media. This book has a range of case studies and simulations will allow you to apply the knowledge of the theory gained to real-life situations. By the end of this book you will have gained a sound insight into digital forensics and its key components. Style and approach The book takes the reader through a series of chapters that look at the nature and circumstances of digital forensic examinations and explains the processes of evidence recovery and preservation from a range of digital devices, including mobile phones, and other media. The mystery of digital forensics is swept aside and the reader will gain a quick insight into the nature of digital evidence, where it is located and how it can be recovered and forensically examined to assist investigators.
The open source nature of the platform has not only established a new direction for the industry, but enables a developer or forensic analyst to understand the device at the most fundamental level. Android Forensics covers an open source mobile device platform based on the Linux 2.6 kernel and managed by the Open Handset Alliance. The Android platform is a major source of digital forensic investigation and analysis. This book provides a thorough review of the Android platform including supported hardware devices, the structure of the Android development project and implementation of core services (wireless communication, data storage and other low-level functions). Finally, it will focus on teaching readers how to apply actual forensic techniques to recover data. Ability to forensically acquire Android devices using the techniques outlined in the book Detailed information about Android applications needed for forensics investigations Important information about SQLite, a file based structured data storage relevant for both Android and many other platforms.
iPhone and iOS Forensics is a guide to the forensic acquisition and analysis of iPhone and iOS devices, and offers practical advice on how to secure iOS devices, data and apps. The book takes an in-depth look at methods and processes that analyze the iPhone/iPod in an official legal manner, so that all of the methods and procedures outlined in the text can be taken into any courtroom. It includes information data sets that are new and evolving, with official hardware knowledge from Apple itself to help aid investigators. This book consists of 7 chapters covering device features and functions; file system and data storage; iPhone and iPad data security; acquisitions; data and application analysis; and commercial tool testing. This book will appeal to forensic investigators (corporate and law enforcement) and incident response professionals. Learn techniques to forensically acquire the iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices Entire chapter focused on Data and Application Security that can assist not only forensic investigators, but also application developers and IT security managers In-depth analysis of many of the common applications (both default and downloaded), including where specific data is found within the file system
Leverage the power of digital forensics for Windows systems About This Book Build your own lab environment to analyze forensic data and practice techniques. This book offers meticulous coverage with an example-driven approach and helps you build the key skills of performing forensics on Windows-based systems using digital artifacts. It uses specific open source and Linux-based tools so you can become proficient at analyzing forensic data and upgrade your existing knowledge. Who This Book Is For This book targets forensic analysts and professionals who would like to develop skills in digital forensic analysis for the Windows platform. You will acquire proficiency, knowledge, and core skills to undertake forensic analysis of digital data. Prior experience of information security and forensic analysis would be helpful. You will gain knowledge and an understanding of performing forensic analysis with tools especially built for the Windows platform. What You Will Learn Perform live analysis on victim or suspect Windows systems locally or remotely Understand the different natures and acquisition techniques of volatile and non-volatile data. Create a timeline of all the system actions to restore the history of an incident. Recover and analyze data from FAT and NTFS file systems. Make use of various tools to perform registry analysis. Track a system user's browser and e-mail activities to prove or refute some hypotheses. Get to know how to dump and analyze computer memory. In Detail Over the last few years, the wave of the cybercrime has risen rapidly. We have witnessed many major attacks on the governmental, military, financial, and media sectors. Tracking all these attacks and crimes requires a deep understanding of operating system operations, how to extract evident data from digital evidence, and the best usage of the digital forensic tools and techniques. Regardless of your level of experience in the field of information security in general, this book will fully introduce you to digital forensics. It will provide you with the knowledge needed to assemble different types of evidence effectively, and walk you through the various stages of the analysis process. We start by discussing the principles of the digital forensics process and move on to show you the approaches that are used to conduct analysis. We will then study various tools to perform live analysis, and go through different techniques to analyze volatile and non-volatile data. Style and approach This is a step-by-step guide that delivers knowledge about different Windows artifacts. Each topic is explained sequentially, including artifact analysis using different tools and techniques. These techniques make use of the evidence extracted from infected machines, and are accompanied by real-life examples.
Handbook of Digital Forensics and Investigation builds on the success of the Handbook of Computer Crime Investigation, bringing together renowned experts in all areas of digital forensics and investigation to provide the consummate resource for practitioners in the field. It is also designed as an accompanying text to Digital Evidence and Computer Crime. This unique collection details how to conduct digital investigations in both criminal and civil contexts, and how to locate and utilize digital evidence on computers, networks, and embedded systems. Specifically, the Investigative Methodology section of the Handbook provides expert guidance in the three main areas of practice: Forensic Analysis, Electronic Discovery, and Intrusion Investigation. The Technology section is extended and updated to reflect the state of the art in each area of specialization. The main areas of focus in the Technology section are forensic analysis of Windows, Unix, Macintosh, and embedded systems (including cellular telephones and other mobile devices), and investigations involving networks (including enterprise environments and mobile telecommunications technology). This handbook is an essential technical reference and on-the-job guide that IT professionals, forensic practitioners, law enforcement, and attorneys will rely on when confronted with computer related crime and digital evidence of any kind. *Provides methodologies proven in practice for conducting digital investigations of all kinds *Demonstrates how to locate and interpret a wide variety of digital evidence, and how it can be useful in investigations *Presents tools in the context of the investigative process, including EnCase, FTK, ProDiscover, foremost, XACT, Network Miner, Splunk, flow-tools, and many other specialized utilities and analysis platforms *Case examples in every chapter give readers a practical understanding of the technical, logistical, and legal challenges that arise in real investigations
Learn the art of designing, developing, and deploying innovative forensic solutions through Python About This Book This practical guide will help you solve forensic dilemmas through the development of Python scripts Analyze Python scripts to extract metadata and investigate forensic artifacts Master the skills of parsing complex data structures by taking advantage of Python libraries Who This Book Is For If you are a forensics student, hobbyist, or professional that is seeking to increase your understanding in forensics through the use of a programming language, then this book is for you. You are not required to have previous experience in programming to learn and master the content within this book. This material, created by forensic professionals, was written with a unique perspective and understanding of examiners who wish to learn programming What You Will Learn Discover how to perform Python script development Update yourself by learning the best practices in forensic programming Build scripts through an iterative design Explore the rapid development of specialized scripts Understand how to leverage forensic libraries developed by the community Design flexibly to accommodate present and future hurdles Conduct effective and efficient investigations through programmatic pre-analysis Discover how to transform raw data into customized reports and visualizations In Detail This book will illustrate how and why you should learn Python to strengthen your analysis skills and efficiency as you creatively solve real-world problems through instruction-based tutorials. The tutorials use an interactive design, giving you experience of the development process so you gain a better understanding of what it means to be a forensic developer. Each chapter walks you through a forensic artifact and one or more methods to analyze the evidence. It also provides reasons why one method may be advantageous over another. We cover common digital forensics and incident response scenarios, with scripts that can be used to tackle case work in the field. Using built-in and community-sourced libraries, you will improve your problem solving skills with the addition of the Python scripting language. In addition, we provide resources for further exploration of each script so you can understand what further purposes Python can serve. With this knowledge, you can rapidly develop and deploy solutions to identify critical information and fine-tune your skill set as an examiner. Style and approach The book begins by instructing you on the basics of Python, followed by chapters that include scripts targeted for forensic casework. Each script is described step by step at an introductory level, providing gradual growth to demonstrate the available functionalities of Python.