As a Certified Computer Examiner, and a Mobile Certified Examiner, I have the opportunity to look into all kinds of devices looking for information which is responsive to a subpoena and has probative value. I tend to forget that most folks don’t realize what is in their device. I was asked to look at a website today to determine if I could tell when it was accessed and by whom. Simple enough – I went to the access logs of the site, and found exactly what I was looking for. Well, that seems straight forward enough, doesn’t it ?
I was a little surprised at the reaction of the attorney I was working with, until I realized that most folks don’t know what information that their Smart Phone is willing to give up.
I was able to tell the attorney :
- What type of phone the user had
- What browser they were using
- What they searched on their telephone to find the website in question
- and their GPS co-ordinates when the request was made.