Applied Cellphone Forensics

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Applied Cellphone Forensics

• Defining processes of the acquisition, preservation, analysis of evidence

• Presentation of physical and digital cellular phone evidence in the investigation process

• Evidence regulation and its impacts in the investigation process

• Applications: practical forensic cases related to cellular phones


Cellular telephones are a ubiquitous consumer device. Over 180 million subscribers are using one of over 500 different cellphones offered in the United States from over 30 different manufacturers, processing voice and data traffic over 4 carrier networks. Invariably, with so much voice and data traffic being sent from one cellphone to another, many of these phones can provide critical evidentiary data to crime scene investigators. Unfortunately, the forensic acquisition and analysis of these phones is a new process in the computer forensics world. Several reasons exist, but the main reasons are the lack of awareness and training of law enforcement agencies. This paper is an effort to change this deficiency.