Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Source of Publication

Digital Investigation

Publication Date

1-1-2012

Abstract

The increased use of social networking applications on smartphones makes these devices a goldmine for forensic investigators. Potential evidence can be held on these devices and recovered with the right tools and examination methods. This paper focuses on conducting forensic analyses on three widely used social networking applications on smartphones: Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace. The tests were conducted on three popular smartphones: BlackBerrys, iPhones, and Android phones. The tests consisted of installing the social networking applications on each device, conducting common user activities through each application, acquiring a forensically sound logical image of each device, and performing manual forensic analysis on each acquired logical image. The forensic analyses were aimed at determining whether activities conducted through these applications were stored on the device's internal memory. If so, the extent, significance, and location of the data that could be found and retrieved from the logical image of each device were determined. The results show that no traces could be recovered from BlackBerry devices. However, iPhones and Android phones store a significant amount of valuable data that could be recovered and used by forensic investigators.

ISSN

1742-2876

Publisher

Digital Forensic Research Workshop

Volume

9

First Page

S24

Last Page

S33

Disciplines

Computer Sciences

Keywords

Android (operating system); Computer crime; Electronic crime countermeasures; Recovery; Smartphones; Social networking (online); Android; Blackberry; Examination methods; Forensic analysis; Internal memory; IPhone; Social networking applications; User activity; Digital forensics

Scopus ID

84864628454

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

yes

Open Access Type

Hybrid: This publication is openly available in a subscription-based journal/series

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