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== Overview ==
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[[Image:Zaurus-front.jpg|thumb|Sharp Zaurus]]
  
'''History'''
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'''Personal Digital Assistants''' ('''PDAs''') are handheld devices with features such as calendar, notes, and so on. They are also known as a palmtop computer. They can be used to access the [[Internet]] usually through [[Wi-Fi]].
  
[[Image:Newton.jpg|thumb|Apple Newton]]
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== Current Popular PDA Operating Systems ==
  
The first PDA was introduced by Apple Inc. with the release of the Newton in 1993.  The CEO at Apple at the time, John Sculley, coined the device a "Personal Digital Assistent" at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He claimed that PDA's would become "ubiquitous tools that would hold telephone numbers, keep your calendar, store notes, plus send and receive data wirelessly." While the Newton could not do all that he predicted at the time, his claim would ultimately become a reality many years later.
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* [[RIM BlackBerry]]
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* [[Linux]]
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* [[Palm]]
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* [[Symbian]]
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* [[Microsoft PocketPC]]
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* [[Microsoft Windows Mobile]]
  
While the Apple Newton went practically unnoticed in the consumer market, the introduction of the Palm Pilot by Palm, Inc. in 1996 started the popularity of the PDA. The device was a highly effective method of information management because one could store calendars, to-do lists, notes, and address book all in one simple handheld. 
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== PDA Forensics ==
  
With the advent of faster processors and better displays, PDAs gained more features, such as improved handwriting recognition, music and video playback, and Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities.    Palm OS's stronghold in the PDA operating system arena was challenged by the release of alternative PDA OSs such as Symbian, Windows CE/Windows Mobile, and Linux.  New devices, such as Research in Motion's Blackberry, redefined the way that individuals stayed in touch with one another.  The proliferation of cell phones into the majority of households around the world has also created the Smartphone, which integrates the traditional the functionality of phones and PDAs into one device.
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; [[Cellebrite UFED]]
  
'''Current Popular PDA Operating Systems'''
 
  
[[RIM Blackberry]]
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; [[PDD]]
  
[[Linux]]
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PDD (pdd) is a forensic tool for capturing the contents off early Palm devices.  Originally developed by Joe Grand it was one of the first Win32 executable programs to perform such an acquisition. Unfortunately there are no published methods for analyzing the resulting data.
  
[[Palm]]
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==== PDD Links ====
  
[[Symbian]]
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* [http://www.grandideastudio.com/files/security/mobile/pdd_palm_forensics.pdf Original paper by Grand]
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* [http://packetstormsecurity.org/palm/ Actual tool]
  
[[Microsoft PocketPC]]
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White Paper:  [http://citeseer.ist.psu.edu/504282.html]
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ZDNET Whitepaper:  [http://whitepapers.zdnet.co.uk/0,1000000651,260089033p,00.htm]
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; [[Paraben's PDA Seizure]]
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; [[Paraben's PDA Seizure Toolbox]]
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==Links==
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* [http://www.grandideastudio.com/portfolio/index.php?id=1&prod=17 Joe Grand's PDD]
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* [http://www.paraben-forensics.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=25&products_id=107 Paraben's PDA Seizure]
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* [http://www.paraben-forensics.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=26&products_id=343&osCsid=4b73689660a05b833677fdc6a8646804 Paraben's PDA Seizure ToolBox]
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* [http://www.mypocketpcmobile.com PDA FAQ,News,Reviews,Devices,Software,Freeware]
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* [http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-72/sp800-72.pdf  Jansen, Ayers Guidelines on PDA Forensics]
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* [http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistir/nistir-7100-PDAForensics.pdf  Ayers, Jansen PDA Forensic Tools: An Overview and Analysis]

Latest revision as of 17:34, 21 October 2009

Sharp Zaurus

Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) are handheld devices with features such as calendar, notes, and so on. They are also known as a palmtop computer. They can be used to access the Internet usually through Wi-Fi.

Current Popular PDA Operating Systems

PDA Forensics

Cellebrite UFED


PDD

PDD (pdd) is a forensic tool for capturing the contents off early Palm devices. Originally developed by Joe Grand it was one of the first Win32 executable programs to perform such an acquisition. Unfortunately there are no published methods for analyzing the resulting data.

PDD Links

White Paper: [1] ZDNET Whitepaper: [2]

Paraben's PDA Seizure
Paraben's PDA Seizure Toolbox

Links