New database of handsets for mobile phone forensics

Mobile phone usage in the last decade has increased at a dramatic rate.
Gone are the days where a phone was something you used to call family
and friends; these days they’re cameras, audio devices, email devices
and even computers. However, criminals are also becoming increasingly
reliant on mobile phones to capture, share and store information among
themselves and this has made mobile phone evidence an essential part of
modern-day policing.

Jul 1, 2010
By Paul Jacques

Mobile phone usage in the last decade has increased at a dramatic rate. Gone are the days where a phone was something you used to call family and friends; these days they’re cameras, audio devices, email devices and even computers. However, criminals are also becoming increasingly reliant on mobile phones to capture, share and store information among themselves and this has made mobile phone evidence an essential part of modern-day policing.

With a large number of handsets being received for examination on a daily basis it is important that a quick, easy and secure method of extracting information from the mobile phone is available. The process of how this information is extracted and verified may be questioned in court and therefore it is vital that there’s a confidence in the product that’s being used to make the ‘once questionable’, ‘unquestionable’.

The latest mobile phone forensics technology from Radio Tactics provides detailed information on 2,800 handsets and the data that can be extracted from them, including support for popular handsets such as the iPhone 3GS.

The Aceso v5 is an upgrade to the existing Radio Tactics Aceso device, which enables users from government and law enforcement agencies, as well as the corporate sector, to recover evidence from mobile phone handsets, SIM cards and media cards. This evidence can be used directly in a prosecution or as intelligence to assist an ongoing inquiry.

For the first time, the software will provide ‘SIM-less handset acquisition’, enabling exploitation of handsets which have been seized without their SIM card.

Aceso examines the mobile phone handset, SIM card and memory card and allows the content of these to be previewed before deciding whether evidential media should be created or not, so avoiding the time spent downloading files with no evidential value.

Aceso can be used by officers who have no expertise in the forensic field as a process is followed at all times and is an extremely secure way to extract information from the mobile phone without compromising any future examinations and keeping a complete audit trail of who, what and when the acquisition took place.

The latest device also gives faster extraction of data from a mobile phone through a streamlined user interface.

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