If you’re looking for a system that will give you the ultimate in mobile digital forensics, then you can’t possibly do any better than Cellebrite. It is without a doubt the #1 system for both field and in-lab digital forensic investigations. Their system has become widely used in both the private and public sector, and it’s helped countless investigations to gather evidence, bringing the perpetrators of cybercrimes to justice.
As a matter of fact, there are currently over 150,000 Cellebrite units in the field this very instant. Of those 150,000 units, 30,000 or 20% are owned and operated by law enforcement agencies. Cellebrite’s system has proved so effective that it is actually used in 100 countries, assisting both private and public individuals with performing thorough and complete digital forensic investigations. But, what does the Cellebrite system actually do? We’ll be exploring that below.
In its most basic sense, this piece of technology is capable of conducting extractions of data from devices, including content that has been purposefully hidden or deleted. This extraction can be conducted on any number of different mobile devices including GPS systems, tablets, cell phone, and smartphones, as well as on the memory cards that are inserted into any of those devices.
There are three main components that make up a Cellebrite Touch Ultimate UFED device, each of which contributes to a digital forensic investigation:
Recently, Cellebrite also introduce their UFED Camera feature. This allows the device’s user to manually collect screenshots of data on the mobile device, and further allows the user to sort and categorize the evidence that’s collected. Since some data cannot be extracted manually or might otherwise disappear, this feature is a powerful investigatory tool.
Of course, the best feature of this powerful piece of technology is its adaptability. It doesn’t matter what kind of mobile device you’re working with, because the Cellebrite Touch Ultimate UFED is capable of accessing it. It can perform physical extractions of data from BlackBerry’s operating any OS from 4 to 7, in addition to performing physical extractions on Apple devices operating iOS3 and greater. Android devices are no problem either, and the system is even capable of bypassing any methods the phone’s owner might have used to password-protect the phone.
As far as the information this system is capable of gathering, there really are no limits. It’s capable of extracting everything from geotags that are attached to photos saved on the device, as well as calendar, email, and SMS history. Because of this, the Cellebrite Touch Ultimate UFED makes a thorough forensic investigation of any mobile device possible.
As digital forensic investigations become more common, it’s possible that the Cellebrite system won’t remain the “secret weapon” that it is today. But, it’s available for your use, and can help you as a private individual, a law enforcement official, or even as a corporate entity to conduct thorough digital forensic investigations that yield hard-hitting results. So, why not add this powerful system to your box of digital forensic tools?