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Learning iOS Forensics - Second Edition by Pasquale Stirparo, Mattia Epifani

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The iOS configuration files

iOS has many preference and configuration files where it stores tons of data that may turn valuable during an investigation. This section provides you with a detailed (although not exhaustive) list of some of those files that are useful to keep in mind:

  • Account and device information: Check out /private/var/root/Library/Lockdown/data_ark.plist. This contains various information about the device and about its account holder.
  • Account information: Have a look at /private/var/mobile/Library/Accounts/Accounts3.sqlite. This file contains account information.
  • Account information: Go to /private/var/mobile/Library/DataAccess/AccountInformation.plist. You'll find account information used to set up apps here.
  • Airplane Mode: Check ...

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