What is Mobile Forensics?

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Mobile phones and smart phones can contain large amounts of relevant information for an E-Investigation. These mobile devices can be the key source of contact between parties. Regardless if the communication is in the form of text or email, the evidence may be recoverable regardless of whether it has been deleted or not. The only way to know what is in the mobile device is to perform a technically correct forensic image of the device for electronic discovery.

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E-Investigations uses the latest technology to interface directly with mobile phones to look at a much deeper level of the phone than just the visible apps. We use several tools including the Cellebrite UFED Physical Pro forensic phone analyzer and Paraben Device Seizure and BitPim to be able to connect to and query mobile phones, obtain and download file system dumps and perform full physical phone images for mobile forensics. We then use the information obtained and imaged from the phone to search it against our database of mobile phone spyware utilities, tracking apps and monitoring programs.

Cases handled by E-Investigations have included:

  • iPhone forensics including recovery of phone logs, contact lists, text, email, web history, and images
  • Android-based smart phone including recovery of phone logs, contact lists, text, email, web history, and images
  • Microsoft CE based smart phone including phone logs, contact lists, text, email, web history, and images
  • Non-Smart, basic cellular phones, including recovery of text, phone logs, and contact lists

Make sure you choose a licensed and certified provider! An improper gathering of the mobile forensic information by someone without a Private Investigators’ license and certification as a Digital Forensic Expert can compromise the use of information in civil or criminal court.

The E-Investigations mobile forensic tools are high-end, one source solutions for the electronic discovery of electronically stored information such as texts, emails, web history, phone directory, and other type of data stored on today’s mobile devices. Our tools can oftentimes recovery user passwords and GPS locations.

E-Investigations can handle over 3,000 different types of cellular phones, smart phones, tablets, and GPS devices. Popular devices that we have recently recovered forensic data from are:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • iTouch
  • Android
  • Microsoft CE

Simple Text, Email, or Web History Recovery

If you simply want us to recover deleted text messages, emails, or web history, E-Investigations has a simple and cost effective data recovery package for you. The E-Investigations Basic Phone Data Recovery Package includes the attempted recovery and documentation of items listed:

  • SMS History (Text Messages)
  • Deleted SMS (Text Messages)
  • Phonebook (both stored in the memory of the phone and on the SIM card)
  • Call History
    • Received Calls
    • Dialed Numbers
    • Missed calls
    • Call Dates & Durations
  • Datebook
  • Scheduler
  • Calendar
  • To-Do List
  • Filesystem (physical memory dumps)
    • System Files
    • Multimedia Files (Images, Videos, etc.)
    • Java Files
    • Deleted Data
    • Quicknotes
    • and more!
  • GPS Waypoints, Tracks, Routes, etc.
  • PDA Databases
  • E-mail
  • Registry (Windows Mobile Devices)

The recovered deleted and non-deleted information is placed on a DVD and indexed so that it is easy to read and explore. In the cases in which the information may be used in a court of law, we provide forensic storage of the obtained data for the later use in court. Please see example of reports below:

Basic Package: $500.00 per Phone

Service does not include any additional investigative resources or access to database searches. These are available, but are provided at an additional cost. E-Investigationscannot provide a guarantee of success. All phone behave differently when imaged. Deleted information can be either be recovered, partially recovered, or not recovered. It is impossible to quantify prior to the phone being processed. E-Investigations has been successful in obtaining data from hundreds of phones and over the past five years.

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