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Digital Forensics for Handheld Devices

1st Edition

By Eamon P. Doherty

CRC Press

332 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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Approximately 80 percent of the world’s population now owns a cell phone, which can hold evidence or contain logs about communications concerning a crime. Cameras, PDAs, and GPS devices can also contain information related to corporate policy infractions and crimes. Aimed to prepare investigators in the public and private sectors, Digital Forensics for Handheld Devices examines both the theoretical and practical aspects of investigating handheld digital devices.

This book touches on all areas of mobile device forensics, including topics from the legal, technical, academic, and social aspects of the discipline. It provides guidance on how to seize data, examine it, and prepare it as evidence for court. This includes the use of chain of custody forms for seized evidence and Faraday Bags for digital devices to prevent further connectivity and tampering of evidence. Emphasizing the policies required in the work environment, the author provides readers with a clear understanding of the differences between a corporate investigation and a criminal investigation. The book also:

  • Offers best practices for establishing an incident response policy and seizing data from company or privately owned digital devices
  • Provides guidance in establishing dedicated examinations free of viruses, spyware, and connections to other devices that could taint evidence
  • Supplies guidance on determining protocols for complicated crime scenes with external media and devices that may have connected with the handheld device

Considering important privacy issues and the Fourth Amendment, this book facilitates an understanding of how to use digital forensic tools to investigate the complete range of available digital devices, including flash drives, cell phones, PDAs, digital cameras, and netbooks. It includes examples of commercially available digital forensic tools and ends with a discussion of the education and certifications required for various careers in mobile device forensics.

Table of Contents

The Cell Phone

The Cell Phone is Invented

Cell Phone Models and Cell Phone Museums

Cell Phone Protocols and Operating Systems

Cell Phone Differences Worldwide

Cell Phone Internal and External Storage

The Need for a Faraday Bag

A Survey of Tools to Investigate a Cell Phone

The Investigative Computer and Precautions to Take

GPS Camera Phones

GPS Data in Picture

GPS Accuracy and Variables

Metadata - Linking Picture to Google Maps

Faking GPS Data using Picasa3 and Google Earth

Digital Camera

Digital Camera History

Digital Camera Operating Systems

External Media

Survey of Tools to Investigate a Digital Camera

The Investigative Computer and Precautions to Take


PDA History

Learning About PDAs / Museum

PDA Protocols, Connectivity, and Operating Systems

The Investigative Computer and Precautions to Take

Survey of Tools to Investigate a PDA

GPS Devices

GPS Device History

GPS Operating Systems

Survey of Tools to Investigate a GPS Device

Corporate Investigations on a Netbook

Authorized Requestors (Lead Investigations)

HR, General Counsel, CIa

Incident Response Team

Chain of Custody

Incident Response Policy

Policy Infractions - Selling Stolen Items on eBay at Work

The Need for Internet Usage Policies

The Need for Computer Usage Policies

The Need for Telephone Policies at Work

The Need for a LaptoplNetbook Policy

Silver Platter Doctrine (Turning Everything to the Police)

Cell Phone Investigation Police

Police find a Cell Phone at the Crime Scene

Getting a Search Warrant

Communication Data Warrants

Fourth Amendment Exception

Chain of Custody for Phone

Susteen Secure View / Paraben Device Seizure, Examine Phone

Using Evidence From Phone and Getting Suspects to Talk

Police Have a Suspect for A Murder

Seize Cell Phone

Collect Pictures with GPS

Metadata shows location of body and grave of victim

Recovering Existing or Deleted Data from USB Devices

USB Flash Drives

USB File Systems

Poker Chip USB drive

Wristwatch USB drive

Thumb Drive - Classic Style

Lego Brick USB drive

Pen - Digital Video Camera and USB Drive

Survey of Tools to Recover Deleted Files

Steganography, - Pictures with Embedded Documents

Tools to perform Steganography

Data Carving Tools to Detect Steganography

Places to Work at Investigating Mobile Devices

Private Investigators


Your Own Business

Corporation / IT Security and Investigations

DoD Contractor in Iraq or Afghanistan

About the Author

Eamon P. Doherty, PhD, CCE, SSCP, CPP, is an associate professor and the Cybercrime Training Lab director at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), New Jersey. Dr. Doherty is a member of the High Tech Crimes Investigative Association, ASIS International, the FBI Infraguard, the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute, the FDU Digital Forensics Club, the IACSP, and the American Society of Digital Forensics & eDiscovery. Dr. Doherty has also assisted with some law enforcement cell phone investigations and is the chairman of the New Jersey Regional Homeland Security Technology Committee.

Dr. Doherty previously worked for Morris County Government in their M.I.S./I.S.D. section. Presently, Dr. Doherty has developed and taught many continuing education classes for FDU on the subjects of cell phone forensics, PDA forensics, and digital camera forensics.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Forensic Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mobile & Wireless Communications