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    Be Proactive so You Don’t Need Cell Phone Spyware Detection Services

Be Proactive so You Don’t Need Cell Phone Spyware Detection Services

We were recently asked here at International Investigators how to prevent a cell phone from becoming a mobile spy. No one wants to be a victim of a bad guy eavesdropping on their conversations or their life through a cell phone listening device and we can detect it using cellphone forensics.

At this time, there isn’t any 100% surefire method to prevent spyware on cell phones. However, there are a few things that would prevent cell phone surveillance:

Understand the SIM Card. A SIM card is a microchip about the size of a postage stamp that is usually located adjacent to the batter in a mobile phone. The Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) is used to identify and authenticate the user of the mobile phone. That’s why [...]

Preserving Evidence is Part of Cell Phone Investigations

Cell phone analysis and forensics covers so many different applications that it is difficult to lump it into one particular use.

For instance, when a crime is committed, the police authorities are finding that forensic cell phone data recovery can provide vital information. Because they are able to recover cell phone data, the sequence of events can often be outlined in a factual and objective manner.

Likewise, in the process of an attorney attempting to get a jury to convict or acquit their client, cell phone records are equally as valuable.

The thing about the data on a cell phone is that even when a user thinks he has deleted the evidence, through cell phone deleted data recovery, a forensic expert can retrieve data and records that [...]

Who’s Listening? Cell Phone Spying is Here

It might sound like a funny prank to pull on a buddy, but installing cell phone spyware is not a joke – nor is it legal - anywhere in the United States.

In fact, the Federal Wiretap Act as part of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (Title III)  makes it a federal offense punishable by 5 years in a federal prison and the perpetrator could be subject to civil lawsuits as well.

If you do an Internet search on cell phone tap, spy, bug, monitor or eavesdrop, you may find hundreds of sites that sell cell phone spyware – and many of them say the equipment is legal. It may be legal in some countries of the world, but it’s not [...]

August 27th, 2012|Cell Phone Spying|

Cell Phone Records Plus Cellular Forensics Equals Power

Often we get inquiries about cellular forensics and the person calling doesn’t know what they are really looking to get. Some callers think all cellular forensics entails is getting records from the cell phone service providers.

Let’s clear up some of this confusion.

There is a big difference between cell phone service carrier records and what a cell phone forensics expert does.

The carrier just provides date, time, the length of call or number of text messages. There is a very specific legal process for cell records. One of the most immediate steps we take as investigators is to secure a preservation letter requesting that the carrier preserve the cell records because a court order is coming. With the amount of information accumulated by cell phone service [...]

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    Cell Phone Spyware Gives Away Information Without Your Knowing

Cell Phone Spyware Gives Away Information Without Your Knowing

There was a recent article in the Indianapolis Star newspaper about a “computer virus” that can hear what is said. The article was actually an Associated Press piece written by Raphael Satter and Amy Teibel out of London. And the “virus” was more than likely spyware.

It has been dubbed the “Flame Virus” and it actually attacked computers in the Middle East, specifically Iran. Russian Internet Security firm, Kaspersky Lab ZAO says it can be used to spy on everything that a user is doing. It is believed to have been crafted at the behest of a national government (inferred to be Israel) that sees Iran as a threat.

The reason we say the virus was more than likely spyware was because of the way it [...]

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    Computer Forensics, Cellular Forensics and Garbology all Can Tell the Truth

Computer Forensics, Cellular Forensics and Garbology all Can Tell the Truth

Private investigators do more than just ferret out the truth. They tell the truth as objective, disinterested third parties. They are professional witnesses.

Often, before litigation is started and a suit filed, we'll be asked to investigate the suspicions that are the basis for the suit. As an impartial third party, we don't have a vested interest in the outcome, which means we seek the truth rather than looking for more fuel to flame the fire of litigation.

Here at International Investigators, we report our findings and observations in that manner, which means we are sometimes subject to 'shoot the messenger' reactions. That happens because sometimes we don't provide what our clients want in order to fulfill their objectives. The results may not be what they [...]

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    Cell Phone Forensics is Investigative Technique of the Future

Cell Phone Forensics is Investigative Technique of the Future

Most people would agree that cell phones may be one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century for the average person. What people don't realize is that along with the boon for the everyday Joe, cell phones have become a real asset to private investigators and law enforcement agencies.

Each service provider is different, not only in the plans they offer consumers, but in how they work with and provide data and information. There is a legal process for cell records. Attorneys and law enforcement agencies are able to preserve and get the information through court orders, but interpreting the data requires an expert's knowledge and experience.

Cell phone records and cell phone tracking has been used to identify many criminals across the nation. [...]

June 14th, 2012|Cell Phone Spying|

Are You Carrying a Cell Phone Spy in Your Pocket?

Do you realize you could have a mobile spy in your pocket or purse right now?

How often do you set your cell phone down on your desk at work or on the table in a restaurant when you meet someone and run off to go to the bathroom or do something?

All it takes is a couple of minutes of access to your phone and someone could install cell phone spyware on it - and the really scary part - you probably wouldn't even notice it after you return. All you notice is that someone knows things they shouldn't and you can't figure out how they found out.

So, you start keeping your cell phone with you at all times. Sorry, that doesn't mean you are [...]

June 5th, 2012|Cell Phone Spying|

5 Signs a Spy Might Have Control of Your Mobile Phone

Cellular forensics is a term people are starting to hear and say in conversations across the nation. That’s because more cell phones are being targeted with spyware and cellular malware.

Why? Because spyware and malware software is becoming more available and less costly through the Internet—even though it is illegal in the United States—and people can use it to monitor other people.

It is not limited to corporate or political espionage or to people who are wealthy and powerful. When someone suspects their spouse or partner is not being true, or someone wants a relationship that the object of their affection does not want, they may want to spy to “learn the truth.” It could be your co-worker or a neighbor in a minimum wage job.

There [...]

May 29th, 2012|Cell Phone Spying|

Is Your Surge Protector Housing Eavesdropping Devices?

We worked with an attorney who was convinced that his office, phone, or both were bugged. He was in the middle of a case and the “other side” seemed to know every position, jab and parry he had planned and was prepared to counter him in the courtroom. It was just too much of a coincidence. He was convinced there was some sort of phone tapping or covert surveillance going on in his office.

He tried to do some of his own bug detection—looking under his desk, around the windows, pictures and door frames for something, but he found nothing.

So he called us.  We did a bug sweep and lo, and behold, he was correct. Inside the surge protector power strip at his feet we [...]

May 8th, 2012|Bug Sweeps|