July 11, 2010
A new field of forensic study for iPhones
iPhones store more information than users may realize writes USA Today, and some of it could be used against them if they're ever charged with a crime.
Law enforcement officials have long used phone records and, more recently, e-mails and text messages to help solve crimes. Now a field of forensic study is emerging that deals with iPhones specifically, targeting GPS data, browser history and other potentially incriminating information.
"Very, very few people have any idea how to actually remove data from their phone," says Sam Brothers, a cellphone forensic researcher with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection who teaches investigators how to retrieve iPhone data.
Self-described former hacker Jonathan Zdziarski, who has written a book, iPhone Forensics, has been tapped by agencies nationwide to teach how the information is stored.
-- GEO tags and identifying information with photos posted online.
-- The user's browser history.
Zdziarski says he has helped law enforcement agencies gather evidence in criminal cases, at both state and federal levels. Brothers says he has testified in state and federal cases. Neither would discuss specific cases.
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