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Project ID: 312
Author: Eduardo Arce
Project Title: Use of Forensic Software Tools to Acquire Evidence from Mobile Devices
Semester: Fall 2008
Committe Chair: Dr. Mario Garcia
Committee Member 1: Dr. Dulal Kar
Committee Member 2: Dr. David Thomas
Project Description: Mobile phone technology is evolving rapidly. Increasing connectivity, higher storage capacities, and more processing power are just some of the areas in which mobile phones have endured drastic improvements. The problem is that together with the growth of technology, new problems related to security appear. More mobile phones have become target of criminal attacks or become a tool used to perpetrate attacks. Another problem is that forensic techniques related to mobile phones are evolving slower than technology. This is in part because of the lack of methodologies and standards available for conducting a mobile phone forensic investigation. The purpose of this graduate project is to perform an in-depth research of the software tools available in the market for conducting a mobile phone forensic investigation. After identifying the different options, a set of these tools were selected as the target tools of the project. These tools were thoroughly compared, examined and tested in order to identify the best options for specific situations. To accomplish this, a set of predefined scenarios was created and tested on several mobile phones using the different software tools previously selected. Finally, the results of the investigation were reported and explained in order to determine the capabilities and limitation of each forensic tool.
Project URL:   312.pdf