Tuesday, November 16, 2010

iPhone - Evidence Handset Reader Tools

iPhone - Evidence Handset Reader Tools

Two questions:

1) How many 'evidence' handset reader tools can you name off the top of your head?
2) And how many of those tools extract and harvest data from iPhones?

In answer to question one we know we can at least identify thirteen (13) tools and the answer to question two is also at least thirteen (13) tools. The answers can be found in 'iPhone Forensics White Paper' published by viaForensics. The authors of the document are Andrew Hoog and Katie Strzempka.

The number of tools now available and sold into the marketplace is a bit of surprise because in most cases a large portion of the forensic community do not own one copy of each of these tools as it is not strictly necessary. It is quite useful, though, to see a report like this that brings together at least 13 tools so that there is a record of the existent of these tools and how they are viewed in relation to their usefulness.

What I like about this report is that it is produced entirely independent of any of the handset reader software manufacturers and the authors/publishers were not compensated in any way for the work and effort that went to researching and testing each tool.  I should also point out that I am not being compensated in anyway either for mentioning the researchers/publishers or this White Paper.

I wont spoil the fun for you of reproducing the findings and results recorded in the White Paper, but you can read about them for yourself at the weblink below:


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