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iForensics: Forensic Analysis of Instant Messaging on Smart Phones

  • Mohammad Iftekhar Husain
  • Ramalingam Sridhar
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 31)

Abstract

Smart phones with Internet capability are growing in popularity, due to many of their useful capabilities. Among other handy features of smart phones, Instant Messaging (IM) is very popular due to the level of convenience it provides in interpersonal communications. As the usage of IM on smart phone is increasing rapidly, it is important to take measures in advance from forensic standpoint forecasting the potential use of it in cyber crimes such as the cyber stalking and cyber bullying. Although, current IM applications for smart phones are in most cases a downsized version of the one used on traditional computers, diverse structure of file systems and storage device on different smart phones pose unique challenges to forensic examiners for recovering digital evidences of a conversation under investigation. In this work, we study and report the forensic analysis of three different IMs: AIM, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk, (both client based and web based version) on Apple iPhone. Our results show that the forensic analysis of IMs on smart phones has significant value and needs further attention.

Keywords

smart phone forensics instant messaging chat forensics iPhone forensics 

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© ICST Institute for Computer Science, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohammad Iftekhar Husain
    • 1
  • Ramalingam Sridhar
    • 1
  1. 1.University at Buffalo, State University of New YorkBuffalo

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