Today, we got the great message that our paper “Forensic Acquisition of Location Data on Android Smartphones” had been accepted for the Eighth Annual IFIP WG 11.9 International Conference on Digital Forensics in South Africa. We are really looking forward to participate.
For all of you, who can’t wait until January, here is the abstract of our work:
It is now well-known that, for various reasons, smartphone operating systems persistently store location information in their local storage. Less well-known is probably that also various network applications (apps) do this too. In this paper we present a system with which all this information can be extracted and visualized at the same time. Our system is based on the forensic data extraction tool ADEL. During our evaluation we found that in contrast to data retained by the network operator, location data stored on the mobile device in many cases offers much more precise information than the rather coarse-grained data from the network operator. However, the availability of data shows a much higher variability on the mobile phone than at the network operator.