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Advanced Forensic Analysis on Windows Mobile Systems

Written by DFM Team


Advanced Forensic Analysis on Windows Mobile Systems

Advanced mobile forensics techniques to analyse a Windows mobile device without expensive equipment


In the last few years’ hand-held devices experienced an impressive commercial success and a widespread diffusion. As a consequence, their use in criminal activities has also grown. The forensic investigation techniques applied to mobile devices have therefore become an important aid to law enforcement. In an analogous way to computer operating system, in Windows Mobile crucial information is stored in system registries, while information about user preferences and activities can be found in proprietary databases. In this paper we adopt an advanced technique, based on RAPI Tools, to extract information from Windows Mobile devices and analyze them with Forensic Tools like Encase and Windows Mobile emulators.

Hand-held devices like PDA, cell phones, smartphones, GPS etc, contain a huge quantity of evidence: subscriber, list of calls, contacts, sms, emails, multimedia files, and other kind of data stored in configuration files and databases. Data extraction techniques, from a mobile device, can be divided into two classes: physical and logical extraction. A logical extraction technique allows acquiring only visible data at the file system level, while physical extraction techniques permit you to acquire all the data stored in an electronic device.



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