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Practical Mobile Forensics by Heather Mahalik, Rohit Tamma, Satish Bommisetty

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Data acquisition

Acquiring data from a Windows Phone is challenging for forensic examiners, as physical and logical methods defined in previous chapters are not commonly supported. One of the most common techniques in data acquisition is to install an application or agent on the device, which extracts as much data as possible from the device. This could result in certain changes on the device but nevertheless, it is still forensically sound if the examiner follows standard protocols. These protocols include proper testing to ensure no user data is changed, validation of the method on a test device, and documenting all steps taken during the acquisition process. For this acquisition method to work, the app needs to be installed with the privileges ...

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