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A Brief Tour of Smartphone Forensics: What Defense Attorneys Should Know and Expect

By Peyton B. Engel

This article offers a brief tour of smartphone forensics, including some fundamentals about how the devices work, as well as forensic tools and capabilities. This is not a discussion about cellular signal triangulation or cellular tower pings — others have covered those topics already. Rather, the focus is on the “smartness” of smartphones: the traits these devices have in common with general-purpose computers and their implications from a digital evidentiary perspective. Most importantly, however, a smartphone is not just a device — smartphones exist in a complex ecosystem of networks, application providers, and other portable devices, all of which create records and other evidence.

I. Forensic Acquisition of Digital Information

Obtaining Evidence from Smartphones and Cloud Storage

How information is extracted from a device depends on both the physical media from which the extraction takes place and the way the media is being used. In all cases, the goal is to make a forensically sound c

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