Cell Phone Spying

Extraction of 45 Seconds of Time Recovered

We have, in the past, written blogs regarding Forensic Phone Data Extractions and cell phone data recovery for hundreds of cases.  There are requests relating to FCC Regulations, deleted text messages for Divorce and Custody Cases needed for Court, or accidentally deleting information, loss of contacts numbers, call histories, but none compared to the request we received today.  Our Client walked into our office and we were not quite prepared for her request.  It wasn’t because we weren’t capable, it was because this was the first time, we were asked to conduct an Extraction for an emotional need.  She told us her father had passed away almost five years ago and after his passing, she realized he had left a voicemail for her that [...]

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    My Device has Been Compromised and My Personal Information is no Longer Personal

My Device has Been Compromised and My Personal Information is no Longer Personal

Let’s say you are trying to find out if someone has installed an illegal spyware app on your cellular device, laptop, tablet or computer.  You try to conduct a search that would indicate a malware application has been installed but are unsuccessful or you get information on the legal apps that are pre-programmed on your phone or “find a friend” or something similar.
The reason you cannot find it is probably due to the way the app was created and the capabilities of the app.  There is a reason why these apps are called “Spyware” or “Malware”.  They are designed to remain hidden on your phone without detection.  Spyware or Malware apps can cost as little as$19.99 and can go up in price depending on [...]

To Text or Not to Text

I have heard Client’s say they don’t answer calls from private numbers, they don’t answer calls from numbers unknown to them and they basically just do not answer their phone.  When asked why they have their phone they reply, to text, tweet, post and check Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Google search, listen to music, podcasts, and whatever else they do with their phone besides actually making and receiving phone calls.  Communication comes in many forms and for anyone younger than 40, audio (actually talking) is the least type of communication used.

I think to myself, well then voicemail should soon be obsolete and maybe we don’t need our ears or our mouths, but then how can girls take photos of themselves with puckered lips?  Now for [...]

Why Have Your Cell Phone Data Forensically Extracted?

There are many reasons an individual, attorney or a company would request an extraction from a device.

An accusation of cheating on your spouse or even worse you suspect your spouse of being unfaithful can likely be addressed by analyzing cellular user data. More than likely there is sufficient evidence on of your cellular devices to either give credibility for or against the accusation. Now, what if the smoking gun was a GPS location saved in a temporary folder destined to soon be deleted? Or what if the text messages between a cheating spouse and their fling have been deleted? Our digital forensics software easily carves out deleted data and GPS location data from phones, but not all phones keep deleted user data the same [...]

Ostriches Don’t Get a Fair Deal in a Divorce

For those of us who have been divorced, we understand the process and procedures.  We know that we either represent ourselves (which could create problems during and after the divorce) or we retain the services of a reputable law firm (which prevents the pro-se issues).  We enter into a marriage full of hope and dreams and unfortunately, we are only in control of half of that relationship.  We enter into a divorce with the expectation to right the wrongs and in many cases, there are activities that need to be investigated.  The he/said she/said of the relationship holds little weight in court.  Documented behavior and actions are required.  Not all divorces are complicated, but in relationships that end due to deceit, hiring an investigative [...]

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    There is Light in the Darkness of a Marriage, You Just Have to Open Your Eyes

There is Light in the Darkness of a Marriage, You Just Have to Open Your Eyes

We recently got a call for a request for lie detection testing due to a spy on cell case.  According to Luann, her husband of 20 years had been unfaithful for years.  She was certain he had installed some type of cell spyware on her phone so that he could determine where she was, allowing him the opportunity to meet up with his lover.  She also inquired into a cheating spouse investigator watching where he goes and with whom he spends his free time with.  She even accused him of stashing away money so he could spend it on his girlfriend and wanted a financial investigation completed.  She also accused him of employee embezzlement.  Her frustration level was high and she demanded immediate results [...]

Verbal or Written Communications are Not Always Private

Technical Surveillance Countermeasures, sometimes called TSCM Sweeps, debugging, wiretap detection or just plain old “sweeps”.  With the advent of cellphones, VOIP phones, computer Skype, FaceTime, go-to-meeting and the many other ways of communication, illegal eavesdropping has become easily available to those who are curious.  Google the internet for mobile phone bugging and you will find many “offshore” providers that sell highly sophisticated cell phone spy software for usually less than a hundred bucks.  Carefully read the advertising material posted on these sites and you will find that they guarantee that the spy on cell software can’t be found.  They provide a detailed tutorial explaining how to remotely install phone spying software on a target phone.  Electronic eavesdropping is illegal in the United States and [...]

When a Cellphone Ping and Spyware Won't Work

Herb called International Investigators, All In Investigations, Inc. in a panic one morning. His wife of 7 years told him she was visiting her sister again in another town approximately 200 miles away. He called her sister about an unrelated issue and that was when Herb found out that his sister-in-law had not seen his wife for quite some time.  Angry that he had been lied to, he insisted we ping her cellphone to find out where she was! We told him we only cell ping for Licensed Bail Bond Recovery Agents looking for a fugitive.  He then wanted us to remotely install spy cell phone software on her phone so he could listen to her conversations (spy on a cell phone) and know [...]

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    And If Hiding Assets Wasn’t Bad Enough, He Also Bugged Her Phone

And If Hiding Assets Wasn’t Bad Enough, He Also Bugged Her Phone

It was on a rainy day in March when Cleo realized something just wasn’t right with her phone.  She had been on various websites throughout the day looking for ideas for her newest project and the phone kept getting bogged down; this was the way she described how slow the phone reacted to surfing the web.  She also stated at times the phone would get hot to the touch and the battery life kept getting shorter and shorter, even though she had made sure the battery was almost drained before charging it.

When Cleo brought the phone to our office she informed us she was in the middle of a child custody case and was sure her ex-husband had a hand in the mysterious events [...]

Hidden out of Sight, Viewed from Afar

It was just another abnormal day for Victoria.  She sat at home in her lounge chair and noticed that her smoke detector looked a bit strange.  She just ignored it at first, it was just a smoke detector and she had more than a strange smoke detector to ponder.  She had just broken up with her live in boyfriend of 5 years.  He had become a bit overbearing, demanding to know her every move, who she was with, who she talked to, even at times showing up at her place of employment.  It was just too much to deal with, and even though she cared deeply, she cared more for her emotional state of mind.

Again, she went back to that smoke detector and decided [...]