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1st Edition

Digital Forensics for Handheld Devices

ISBN 9781439898772
Published August 17, 2012 by CRC Press
332 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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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.