Wikipedia on Forensic desoldering
The process is commonly referred to as a "chip-off" technique. The procedure is often the last and often most intrusive method to acquire a non-volatile image from a device. The process involves desoldering the non-volatile memory circuit, and connecting it to a specialized reader for acquisition. It is possible to destroy the circuit during the processes through physical or heat damage.
Chip-off forensics is an acquisition procedure which involves physically removing the non-volatile integrated circuit (IC) from a device and reading it directly on an external specialized reader. It is often considered a last-option technique, as repairing the phone to a working state post-IC removal, is difficult.
Tools and Equipment
- Chip-Off BlackBerry Curve 9300
- Chip-Off BlackBerry Curve 9315
- Chip-Off BlackBerry Curve 9320
- Chip-Off BlackBerry Bold 9780
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