cellular forensic

Dirty Little Secrets Hidden on Cell Phones

Some people are very protective of their information on the cellular devices. In many cases, marriages end by them. I’m not talking about too much texting or surfing, I’m referring to those secret texts and emails, along with photos. If your spouse is hiding his or her phone from you, or has it password protected and you can’t gain access to it, there is a reason. Either they are required if it is an employer issued device or they are hiding something they just don’t want you to see.

Let’s say you get access to their phone, you even have done some private investigation and learned their passcode and you still don’t see anything incriminating on the phone, but you know they are up to [...]

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    Cell Phone Forensics Narrow Search Areas – But You Can’t Delay

Cell Phone Forensics Narrow Search Areas – But You Can’t Delay

There is one element of cell phone forensics that the public, including some attorneys, doesn’t often think about and it is one that can make a huge difference – if CONDUCTED IN A TIMELY MANNER.

When most people think of cell phone forensics, they think of mobile phone analysis or cell phone spyware detection. In most of those instances, the actual mobile device is needed and forensic cellular evidence is extracted using data mining software.

However, a cell phone investigation can be the first step in uncovering critical evidence for situations other than forensics data recovery and mobile phone hack detection.

A good example is how, in September, 2014, cell phone forensics helped to narrow the search area for a missing airplane in Alabama.

There were two men [...]

Cell Phone Forensics: We’ve Come a Long Way Baby!

When you’re talking cell phone forensics, a cell phone is a cell phone, right? Whoa! Nothing could be further from the truth.

The brand or manufacturer is one variable, but so is each model produced. So to say you have an iPhone is only touching the tip of the information that a cellphone expert needs to successfully complete a mobile phone forensic analysis. With the growing number of manufacturers and models, cell phone forensic tools must adapt and evolve as well. Sim card forensics from a year ago are not sim forensics needed in mobile forensic tools today to keep up with the new technology.

Of course, professionals on the cutting edge of cell phone investigation maintain not only a library of data mining software and [...]

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    Cell Phone Forensics Growing in Importance in Investigations

Cell Phone Forensics Growing in Importance in Investigations

Cell phone forensics is becoming more and more important in investigations. The use of cell phones and computers are like a journal or diary of users’ lives. Just from cell phones, a mobile phone forensic analysis by International Investigators can reveal a great deal of data, including:

Dialed, incoming and missed calls (history logs)
Text messages
Instant message activity
Email
Internet activity including search histories
Software, programs and apps
Video and audio recordings
Electronic documents and attachments
Phone setting information
Phone location information (using GPS) and cell phone tower triangulation

And, even when the user believes data has been deleted, it can often be retrieved though a cell phone forensic examination. Wireless forensics using phone forensic software can provide factual data useful to people many situations.

In criminal cases, forensic cell tower evidence and cell tower [...]

Cell Phone Forensics Reveals Who is Watching You

One thing that we realize here at International Investigators, Inc. is that a couple doesn’t have to actually be married to be caught in an emotionally charged – and challenging – situation.

For instance, one case we had was a couple who had been together for many years and had two children together. They never married and their relationship was “shaky” as she described it.

She felt sure that he had listening devices installed in their home and perhaps even a mobile phone tap. What made her feel she was surrounded by spy equipment? He traveled a great deal for work and their conversations were limited to once daily in the evening. And yet, he and the children knew things that she hadn’t shared with them. [...]

Cell Phone Analysis Proves Truth of Alibi

Cell phone forensics is a helpful tool to corroborate an alibi. With just about everyone carrying or using cell phones, there is great potential to uncover the truth.

For instance, in a case where a woman was murdered and her boyfriend was suspected, he claimed to have been miles away at the home of another woman. She backed up his alibi. After his defense attorneys were able to meet cell phone legal compliance to obtain the phones of the boyfriend and his woman friend; and go through the legal process for cell records of the dead woman, they were able to piece together the facts.

The ‘good-bye’ signal from the dead woman’s mobile came from a location several miles north of the boyfriend’s house. Using mobile [...]

Cellular Forensics is a Powerful Defense Tool

It’s more and more common now to hear comparisons between the use of DNA evidence and cell phone forensic evidence. Here at International Investigators we have seen mobile phone forensics quickly evolve with technology so that cellular location evidence can be pinned down to within a few dozen yards much of the time.

Since we were on the cutting edge of cell phone investigation when it began, our level of expertise is highly sought out by defense attorneys in a wide range of situations including:

Defendant is accused of making harassing calls to ex-spouse
Defendant is accused of a crime and alibi is weak or non-existent
Defendant is accused of embezzlement and money is found stashed in a specific location
Defendant is accused of negotiating the purchase of drugs [...]

Cellular Forensics Even Applies to Drop Phones

Data Extraction. That’s what provides the evidence so many of our clients want when they request a mobile phone forensic analysis. Cell phone forensic tools allow a cellular forensics specialist to create an exact image of the cell phone hard drive and from that, complete a mobile phone analysis. The analysis will uncover any evidence on the phone and the data can be extracted as proof.

International Investigators has been doing cell phone forensics for a long while – before the proliferation of smart phones in the hands of just about everyone. For many, mobile phone forensics is new and they don’t understand the extent of the work we can do.

We had a case where a woman’s husband had started carrying a drop phone in [...]