Mobile evidence gets social, data sources diversify.
There are approximately 1.19 billion active users on Facebook, 300 billion tweets sent on Twitter monthly, and 16 billion photos shared on Instagram monthly. Additionally, 2013 saw more than 100 billion downloads of mobile applications. The result? Data living in social applications has become critically important as the number of criminal investigations involving data collected from these applications rose significantly. Cellebrite's survey revealed that 77 percent of respondents believed that mobile apps were the most critical data source, followed by the cloud at 71 percent. "Documenting different communication channels that are part of a crime (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, etc.), as well as those that can lead to new witnesses, victims, suspects and alternate perpetrators is becoming more important," said John Carney, chief technology officer at Carney Forensics. "It is necessary to contextualize mobile device data with social data from people's online personas."
The adoption of mobile devices has drastically changed the mobile forensics industry in just the last year alone, and the evolving landscape presents newer challenges that demand investigators to rethink the way they work.
In a new industry forecast issued today by Cellebrite, a leading provider of mobile forensic and mobile data transfer solutions, forensics experts reveal that multiple devices, field analysis, social evidence, Big Data and mobile malware will be the driving factors in shaping the industry this year. According to the research, the following trends will directly shape mobile forensics in the coming months.
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