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==SIMCon==
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{{Infobox_Software |
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  name = SIMCon |
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  maintainer = [[InsideOut Forensics]] |
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  os = {{Windows}} |
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  genre = ??? |
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  license = {{Commercial}} |
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  website = [http://www.simcon.no/ simcon.no] |
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SIMCon is a program that securely images all files on a GSM SIM card with a standard smart card reader. After imaging, the forensic investigator can then analyze the contents of the card. Specific information regarding stored numbers, call history, and text messages are available.
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SIMCon's features:
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'''SIMCon''' is a program that securely images all files on a [[GSM]] [[SIM Card]] with a standard PC-SC [[smart card]] reader, either [[serial]] or [[USB]]. After imaging, the forensic investigator can then analyze the contents of the card. Specific information regarding stored numbers, call history, and text messages are available.
  
* Acquire all available files on a SIM card and store in an archive file
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SIMCon is now Paraben's SIM Card Seizure
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== Features ==
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* Acquire all available files on a [[SIM Card]] and store in an archive file
 
* Analyze and interpret content of files  
 
* Analyze and interpret content of files  
 
* Recover deleted text messages stored on the card  
 
* Recover deleted text messages stored on the card  
 
* Manage PIN and PUK codes
 
* Manage PIN and PUK codes
* Compatible with SIM and USIM cards
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* Compatible with [[SIM Cards]] and [[USIM Cards]]
 
* Print reports of evidence  
 
* Print reports of evidence  
 
* Secure file archive using hashing
 
* Secure file archive using hashing
 
* Export items to popular spreadsheet programs
 
* Export items to popular spreadsheet programs
 
* Supports international charsets
 
* Supports international charsets
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* Contains a "content" view for plain text viewing of data, as well as a hexadecimal view for more specific analysis.
  
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== Data Acquisition ==
  
In the area of small scale digital devices, there are many applications available to forensically acquire the device to produce the evidence needed in the court of law. All GSM phones today have a subscriber identity module (SIM) to identify the phone onto the network. SimCon is an application to acquire all of the information from the SIM card.  This paper will provide information about SIM cards, SimCon, and some of the advantages and disadvantages of the application.
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[http://www.simcon.no SIMCon] is also capable of aquiring the following data from a [[SIM Card]]:
  
The SIM provides secure storing of the key identifying a mobile phone service subscriber, but it also stores subscription information, preferences and text messages.  Network state information, such as the current location area identity (LAI), is also stored on the card.  When a handset is turned off and then back on, it will search for the LAI that it was in, rather than having to search all frequencies that the phone operates in.  This saves time when trying to log on to the network. (Subscriber, 2006, para. 1)
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* Abbreviated Dialing Numbers (ADN),  
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* Last Dialed Numbers (LDN)
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* Short Message Service (SMS)
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* Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) selector
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* Forbidden PLMNs, Location Information (LOCI)
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* General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) location
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* International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI)
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* Integrated Circuit Card Identifier (ICCID)
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* Mobile Subscriber ISDN (MSISDN)
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* Service Provider Name (SPN)
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* Phase Identification
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* SIM Service Table (SST)
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* Language Preference (LP)
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* Card Holder Verification (CHV1) and (CHV2)
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* Broadcast Control Channels (BCCH)
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* Ciphering Key (Kc)
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* Ciphering Key Sequence Number
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* Emergency Call Code
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* Fixed Dialing Numbers (FDN)
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* Forbidden PLMNs
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* Local Area Identitity (LAI)
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* Own Dialing Number
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* Temporary Mobile Subscriber Identity (TMSI)
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* Routing Area Identifier (RIA) netowrk code
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* Service Dialing Numbers (SDNs)
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* Service Provider Name
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* Depersonalizatoin Keys
  
In an investigation, information such as the LAI, phone numbers, recent calls, text messages, and pictures can all aid in incriminating the owner of the phone. Obtaining the evidence on the phone may make or break the case, creating an obvious need to acquire these devices.
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All [[GSM]] cell phones today have a subscriber identity module (SIM) to identify the phone onto the network. [http://www.simcon.no SIMCon] is an application to acquire all of the information from the [[SIM Card]].
  
By using SimCon and a smart card reader, all of the above information and more can be pulled off of the card without knowing the PIN or the PUK of the cardThe PIN and the PUK are ways to keep the information on the card secureThey also can be used as a security feature on the phone, not allowing anyone to use a phone to access the SIM without knowing the codes.
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The [[SIM Card]] provides secure storing of the key identifying a mobile phone service subscriber, subscription information, preferences and text messagesNetwork state information, such as the current location area identity (LAI), is also stored on the card.  When a handset is turned off and then back on, it will search for the LAI that it was in, rather than having to search all frequencies that the phone operates in.  This saves time when trying to log on to the network. (Subscriber, 2006, para. 1)
  
SimCon is an application developed by Inside Out Forensics in Norway. It is designed for use by the law enforcement community, and it can be obtained free of charge by emailing SimCon and identifying the officers and unitHowever, for anyone outside the law enforcement community, it is not free.   
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By using [http://www.simcon.no SIMCon] and a smart card reader, all of the above information and more can be pulled off of the card without knowing the PIN or the PUK of the card.  The PIN and the PUK are ways to keep the information on the card secureThey also can be used as a security feature on the phone, not allowing anyone to use a phone to access the [[SIM Card]] without knowing the codes.   
  
SimCon Developers at Inside Out Forensics state that some of SimCon’s key features are: its ability to read all available files on a SIM card and store in an archive file, the ability to analyze and interpret the content of files including text messages and stored numbers, to recover deleted text messages that are stored on the card but not readable on phones, to manage PIN and PUK codes, its compatibility with SIM and USIM cards, printing of reports that can be used as evidence based on user selection of items, secure file archive using hashing, the exportation of items to files that can be imported in popular spreadsheet programs, and the support of international char sets (Inside Out Forensics, 2006).   
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[http://www.simcon.no SIMCon] is an application developed by Inside Out Forensics in Norway.  It is designed for use by the law enforcement community, and it can be obtained free of charge by emailing [http://www.simcon.no SIMCon] and identifying the officers and unit.  However, for anyone outside the law enforcement community, it is not free.   
  
After discussing what a Sim card is, what the program SimCon is and does, an analysis of the programs’ capabilities is called for.  SimCon makes the acquisition of data very easy, simply inserting the Sim card to the appropriate Sim card reader, and clicking acquire is all that is needed to start analyzing evidence.  After the acquisition of the data is complete SimCon will show the user a screen with two halves. 
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== Review ==
  
On the left panel is the different data sectors of the Sim card that can either be checked on or off depending on what is needed.  After choosing what data sectors are needed, the right panel will be populated with the selected data.  Some of the most useful pieces of information that are shown are: the International Mobile Subscriber Identity number, every contacts name and number, and all SMS messages sent and received both stored and deleted.   
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* [http://www.simcon.no SIMCon] makes the acquisition of data very easy, simply inserting the [[SIM Card]] to the appropriate [[SIM Card]] reader, and clicking acquire is all that is needed to start analyzing evidence.  After the acquisition of the data is complete SimCon will show the user a screen with two halves.   
  
SimCon also comes with two more handy features that are key to an investigation and in a court of law.  The first is SimCons' feature that allows the printing of a report.  SimCon will format and populate a report with the contents of the users’ choosing.  This can list all the key pieces to an investigation and is an excellent piece of evidence to be used in a court of lawThe second feature is the exportation of the acquired data.  SimCon allows the exportation of all SMS messages and also of all contacts.  When these exported files are opened in a program such as Microsoft Excel the data can be read, sorted, and analyzed in a format of the users design.   
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* On the left panel is the different data sectors of the [[SIM Card]] that can either be checked on or off depending on what is neededAfter choosing what data sectors are needed, the right panel will be populated with the selected data.  Some of the most useful pieces of information that are shown are: the International Mobile Subscriber Identity number, every contacts name and number, and all SMS messages sent and received both stored and deleted.   
  
When SMS messages are exported SimCon automatically adds the following information about every message: file, item, status, service center, message type, number, time stamp, and textWhen the contacts are exported SimCon automatically adds the following information about every contact: file, item, identifier, and numberFor reference a report of an acquired Sim card is enclosed as well as a document that tells what information is added into an exported file at the end of this document.
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* SIMCon also comes with two more handy features that are key to an investigation and in a court of lawThe first is [http://www.simcon.no SIMCon]s' feature that allows the printing of a report[http://www.simcon.no SIMCon] will format and populate a report with the contents of the users’ choosing.  This can list all the key pieces to an investigation and is an excellent piece of evidence to be used in a court of law.  The second feature is the exportation of the acquired data.  [http://www.simcon.no SIMCon] allows the exportation of all SMS messages and also of all contacts.  When these exported files are opened in a program such as Microsoft Excel the data can be read, sorted, and analyzed in a format of the users design.
  
In conclusion SimCon is a great digital forensics device because of its read-only featuresSimCon in now way will ever write data to a Sim card, it was developed for one specific purpose and that is to read Sim cardsDue to that fact many law enforcement agencies use SimCon to their great benefit.
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* When SMS messages are exported [http://www.simcon.no SIMCon] automatically adds the following information about every message: file, item, status, service center, message type, number, time stamp, and textWhen the contacts are exported [http://www.simcon.no SIMCon] automatically adds the following information about every contact: file, item, identifier, and numberFor reference a report of an acquired [[SIM Card]] is enclosed as well as a document that tells what information is added into an exported file at the end of this document.
  
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* [http://www.simcon.no SIMCon] is known to have issues while imaging multiple cards in the same session of the program. These issues include the appearance of random characters in both the contacts list and in the [[SMS]]. These complications are outlined in the paper [[:Image:Huser_Timothy_SIMCon_paper.doc|Running head: SIM CARD FORENSICS WITH SIMCON SOFTWARE]] by [[User:Thuser|Timothy D. Huser]].
  
===Links===
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* Currently there is no "data-dump" mode in which one can simply dump data exactly as it is on the card in order to have a more pure investigation of the contents. This has proven to be a major setback up to version 1.1, as the automatic parsing of information from the card sometimes leaves certain details unseen, especially in the content view.
* [http://www.simcon.no SIMCon]
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Subscriber Identity Module. (2006, March 23). Retrieved March 28, 2006, from    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subscriber_Identity_Module
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== External Links ==
  
InsideOut Forensics. (2006, March 28). Retrieved March 28, 2006, from  http://www.simcon.no/
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subscriber_Identity_Module Wikipedia: Subscriber Identity Module]
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* [http://www.simcon.no/ InsideOut Forensics]

Latest revision as of 05:59, 5 February 2008

SIMCon
Maintainer: InsideOut Forensics
OS: Windows
Genre:  ???
License: Commercial
Website: simcon.no

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SIMCon is a program that securely images all files on a GSM SIM Card with a standard PC-SC smart card reader, either serial or USB. After imaging, the forensic investigator can then analyze the contents of the card. Specific information regarding stored numbers, call history, and text messages are available.

SIMCon is now Paraben's SIM Card Seizure

Contents

Features

  • Acquire all available files on a SIM Card and store in an archive file
  • Analyze and interpret content of files
  • Recover deleted text messages stored on the card
  • Manage PIN and PUK codes
  • Compatible with SIM Cards and USIM Cards
  • Print reports of evidence
  • Secure file archive using hashing
  • Export items to popular spreadsheet programs
  • Supports international charsets
  • Contains a "content" view for plain text viewing of data, as well as a hexadecimal view for more specific analysis.

Data Acquisition

SIMCon is also capable of aquiring the following data from a SIM Card:

  • Abbreviated Dialing Numbers (ADN),
  • Last Dialed Numbers (LDN)
  • Short Message Service (SMS)
  • Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) selector
  • Forbidden PLMNs, Location Information (LOCI)
  • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) location
  • International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI)
  • Integrated Circuit Card Identifier (ICCID)
  • Mobile Subscriber ISDN (MSISDN)
  • Service Provider Name (SPN)
  • Phase Identification
  • SIM Service Table (SST)
  • Language Preference (LP)
  • Card Holder Verification (CHV1) and (CHV2)
  • Broadcast Control Channels (BCCH)
  • Ciphering Key (Kc)
  • Ciphering Key Sequence Number
  • Emergency Call Code
  • Fixed Dialing Numbers (FDN)
  • Forbidden PLMNs
  • Local Area Identitity (LAI)
  • Own Dialing Number
  • Temporary Mobile Subscriber Identity (TMSI)
  • Routing Area Identifier (RIA) netowrk code
  • Service Dialing Numbers (SDNs)
  • Service Provider Name
  • Depersonalizatoin Keys

All GSM cell phones today have a subscriber identity module (SIM) to identify the phone onto the network. SIMCon is an application to acquire all of the information from the SIM Card.

The SIM Card provides secure storing of the key identifying a mobile phone service subscriber, subscription information, preferences and text messages. Network state information, such as the current location area identity (LAI), is also stored on the card. When a handset is turned off and then back on, it will search for the LAI that it was in, rather than having to search all frequencies that the phone operates in. This saves time when trying to log on to the network. (Subscriber, 2006, para. 1)

By using SIMCon and a smart card reader, all of the above information and more can be pulled off of the card without knowing the PIN or the PUK of the card. The PIN and the PUK are ways to keep the information on the card secure. They also can be used as a security feature on the phone, not allowing anyone to use a phone to access the SIM Card without knowing the codes.

SIMCon is an application developed by Inside Out Forensics in Norway. It is designed for use by the law enforcement community, and it can be obtained free of charge by emailing SIMCon and identifying the officers and unit. However, for anyone outside the law enforcement community, it is not free.

Review

  • SIMCon makes the acquisition of data very easy, simply inserting the SIM Card to the appropriate SIM Card reader, and clicking acquire is all that is needed to start analyzing evidence. After the acquisition of the data is complete SimCon will show the user a screen with two halves.
  • On the left panel is the different data sectors of the SIM Card that can either be checked on or off depending on what is needed. After choosing what data sectors are needed, the right panel will be populated with the selected data. Some of the most useful pieces of information that are shown are: the International Mobile Subscriber Identity number, every contacts name and number, and all SMS messages sent and received both stored and deleted.
  • SIMCon also comes with two more handy features that are key to an investigation and in a court of law. The first is SIMCons' feature that allows the printing of a report. SIMCon will format and populate a report with the contents of the users’ choosing. This can list all the key pieces to an investigation and is an excellent piece of evidence to be used in a court of law. The second feature is the exportation of the acquired data. SIMCon allows the exportation of all SMS messages and also of all contacts. When these exported files are opened in a program such as Microsoft Excel the data can be read, sorted, and analyzed in a format of the users design.
  • When SMS messages are exported SIMCon automatically adds the following information about every message: file, item, status, service center, message type, number, time stamp, and text. When the contacts are exported SIMCon automatically adds the following information about every contact: file, item, identifier, and number. For reference a report of an acquired SIM Card is enclosed as well as a document that tells what information is added into an exported file at the end of this document.
  • Currently there is no "data-dump" mode in which one can simply dump data exactly as it is on the card in order to have a more pure investigation of the contents. This has proven to be a major setback up to version 1.1, as the automatic parsing of information from the card sometimes leaves certain details unseen, especially in the content view.

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