Apple’s iPhone Used for EvidenceOctober 12, 2010
The iPhone is becoming more and more popular with consumers. The amount of personalized information it stores can be valuable when a Trial Lawyer needs more evidence to build a case. Here is how the iPhone is shaping the world of forensics.
Why the iPhone Is An Important Forensics Tool
Trial Lawyers look for every avenue to gather evidence from to ensure a thorough trial. The iPhone is a treasure trove of information that be extracted by qualified forensics experts to present additional information during a case. People often store important information such as passwords, notes, and phone numbers. But, the iPhone is not only a reservoir of personal data; the device’s Apps save data such as GPS logs, camera snapshots, paired Wi-Fi networks complete with geographical positions, user dictionary entries and web history. All of this is accessible if the right tools are used.
How Forensics Experts Are Using The iPhone In Cases
It’s not uncommon for forensic scientists to turn to mobile devices in order to extract evidence. However, most devices are difficult to pull information from or don’t save crucial data that a trial lawyer could use as evidence. The iPhone is popular in the forensics field for its ease of use in data extraction but also its tendency to record personalized data. It’s simple enough that nearly anyone can do it. Jonathan Zdziarski should know, he teaches how to do it in law enforcement. Author of the aptly titled book iPhone forensics, Zdziarski schooled authorities on how to crack the iPhone’s lock on data (the iPhone 3GS’ hardware encryption chip can be hacked in under 30 seconds) and what data can be pulled from the iPhone to present as evidence.
Forensics experts are delighted that it’s not only simple to extract data from the device, but the kind of information stored can substantially increase the amount of evidence In a case. ViaForensics Chief Investigative Officer Andrew Hoog is a firm believer in iPhone forensics. “It’s practically impossible for an end user to completely wipe a phone clean,” Hoog told FoxNews in an interview about mobile device forensics.
How the iPhone is Changing The Evidence Gathering Process
The iPhone is just a small part of a larger picture when it comes to gathering evidence. Mobile devices like Android-based smart phones store information in a similar fashion to the iPhone, but what sets the Apple-developed device apart is its wild popularity with users. There are experts like Hoog and Zdziarski who specialize in reaping personalized data from the iPhone to present evidence in a trial, as well as experts at ViaForensics who have figured out how to pull information from an Android-based phone. It’s simple enough that anyone can do it after reading Zdziarski’s book or using a simple tool such as Oxygen Forensics.
The iPhone is a treasure trove of personalized information and is changing the way forensics expert extract data to use for evidence; personalized data can be easily extracted and it proves to be a viable tool for lawyers to use at trial.
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