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Cell Phones Are a Gold Mine of Info

01 Aug

You’ve seen it on the news many times. A criminal states that he was nowhere near the crime scene at the time of the crime yet his cell phone says otherwise. Or he says he doesn’t know a particular individual yet his cell phone shows a flurry of calls between the two around the time of the crime. Unfortunately for the criminal, but good news for investigators, cell phone data can show that a tower was accessed, a call was made or received, a text was sent, or a GPS signal was stored. Any or all of these could place the suspect much closer to the crime scene that he’s willing to admit or create a connection between the suspect and an accomplice. Or a victim. The Brian Stidham case is an example.

Police will often work with the service provider to gather this data from their computers. But what if there was a simple and easy way to glean this information from the suspect’s cell phone directly? There is. Cellebrite has a much improved portable device that will extract this data very quickly.

This is definitely something that crime writers can use.

 

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6 responses to “Cell Phones Are a Gold Mine of Info

  1. Pj Schott

    August 1, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I will definitely use this.

     
  2. Brenda

    August 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks for this!!!

     
  3. Pat Marinelli

    August 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Awesome info! Thanks,

     
  4. Julia Hunter

    August 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    We use Cellebrite (in addition to other tools) for data retrieval off seized cell phones. I agree, it’s a great product. For the thousands of phones it supports, Cellebrite can pull anything that’s on the phone…contacts, photos, emails, text messages, etc. Some phones are only partially supported so for example, I was just testing my new cell phone last week and Cellebrite only saw the contacts.

    This is a great tool to mention – there are lots of angles within the digital forensic field (computer, cell phone, GPS) that would would make interesting story ideas/twists/conflicts.

     
    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      August 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      Julia–I’m always open to Guest Bloggers if you ever wanted to contribute something on this topic. I think my readers would love it.

       
  5. Jenny Milchman

    August 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Wow, gone are the days when a criminal can claim not to have been on a highway (ez pass), not to spend money (credit cards/atm’s), or call an accomplice. Thanks for this post!

     

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