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Frontiers in Communications and Networks
Small-scale digital devices like smartphones, smart toys, drones, gaming consoles, tablets, and other personal data assistants have now become ingrained constituents in our daily lives. These devices store massive amounts of data related to individual traits of users, their routine operations, medical histories, and financial information. At the same time, with continuously evolving technology, the diversity in operating systems, client storage localities, remote/cloud storages and backups, and encryption practices renders the forensic analysis task multi-faceted. This makes forensic investigators having to deal with an array of novel challenges. This study reviews the forensic frameworks and procedures used in investigating small-scale digital devices. While highlighting the challenges faced by digital forensics, we explore how cutting-edge technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Science may play a role in remedying concerns. The review aims to accumulate state-of-the-art and identify a futuristic approach for investigating SSDDs.
Frontiers Media SA
digital forensics, investigation, smartphone, drone, gaming console, IoT forensics
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Iqbal, Farkhund; Jaffri, Aasia; Khalid, Zainab; MacDermott, Aine; Ali, Qazi Ejaz; and Hung, Patrick C. K., "Forensic investigation of small-scale digital devices: a futuristic view" (2023). All Works. 6007.
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