Mobile device forensics have unique characteristics in that they frequently involve data collected and stored in cell towers and in cloud-based backup applications. Forensics investigators sometimes need to look beyond the device itself to these additional collections of location and stored data. GPS often creates location information that is collected and stored as the device moves throughout time and space.
Technology Inc. is a multinational corporation that sells a variety of technology and communications equipment across the globe. Over the past decade, Technology Inc. has also acquired shares in several large technology consulting services and manufacturers of technology equipment.
Sam Miller is the regulations and compliance officer for Technology Inc. He came in to his office in Tucson, Arizona on Monday morning and noticed the rarely-used compliance reporting tip line indicated there was a message waiting for him. Sam played the message and was informed by the anonymous caller that one of the delivery drivers in the Malaysian office has been using the Technology Inc. vehicles and mobile devices assigned to him to pick up and deliver gambling money for a local bookie.
Sam does some preliminary investigating and discovers that this situation is politically sensitive, as the delivery driver is also the son of a local Technology Inc. executive. The office in Malaysia is located in a small town near the coast. It functions primarily as a distribution point for resellers and service customers throughout the region. There are 36 employees, including warehouse and delivery employees, billing and local HR representatives, an office manager, and several sales staff. The office staff has been issued laptops and the warehouse and delivery staff has been issued tablet computers. All of the delivery drivers have been issued a cell phone so they can communicate with the office staff, which is charged with troubleshooting any problems that the drivers may encounter as they go about their routes. The company vans are assigned to drivers each day as they report to work, and each of the vans has been outfitted with a GPS device to assist the drivers in locating their delivery locations.
Sam calls you and asks you what you need in order to determine the validity of this complaint while restricting knowledge of the situation as tightly as possible.
Complete the Toolwire lab. When submitting your assignment, attach the two screen prints you were asked to capture as part of the lab to this assignment to document successful completion of the lab.
Using the study resources, the virtual lab, and discussion information, write a 2–3 page paper that outlines the plan for how you will use mobile device forensics to determine whether the complaint that Sam received on the tip line is valid.
Engage in hands-on tablet computer and infrastructure digital forensic analysis.
Engage in hands-on smart phone computer and infrastructure digital forensic analysis.
Engage in hands-on GPS device and infrastructure digital forensics analysis.
Explore the impact of cloud storage as a factor in completing a forensics analysis of a mobile device
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