Experimental Digital Forensics of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) Card

  • Mohamed T. AbdelazimEmail author
  • Nashwa Abdelbaki
  • Ahmed F. Shosha


SIM cards as part of smart cards are considered one of the elements found in every mobile phone either smartphone or not. They are used to communicate through the telephone network. SIM cards can be used to track the mobile or to extract user’s data like SMS or phonebook. Moreover, criminal cases involving mobile phone activities are increasing. Therefore, mobile security and analysis is important during the investigation.

We will emphasize on all the elements related to SIM cards. These elements are the differences between its communication protocols, SIM card application development environment, and SIM card file structure including the file meta-data. We will also describe in detail how to communicate with SIM card and extract information which can help with criminal investigation. In this research, we also investigate the SMS forensics and how we can use this information to track user’s activities during a certain period of time.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohamed T. Abdelazim
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nashwa Abdelbaki
    • 1
  • Ahmed F. Shosha
    • 1
  1. 1.Nile UniversityCairoEgypt

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