6 Billion Mobiles

The world now has nearly as many cell phone subscriptions as inhabitants

There are now roughly 6 billion cell phone subscribers in the world.

There are believed to be more than 7 billion people on this planet, and the overwhelming majority of them own cell phones. According to the International Telecommunication Union, roughly 86 out of 100 people own at least one cell phone, totaling approximately 6 billion subscriptions by the end of 2011. 

China alone accounts for 1 billion users and India is expected to hit the same milestone in the coming months, the Associated Press reported.

The U.N. agency also reported that 2.3 billion people, or about one in three globally, were Internet users, however there were inconsistencies between rich and developing countries. The ITU notes that 70% of people who use the Internet are from wealthier and more industrialized countries, compared to 24% who are located in poorer and developing nations.

You can download the full report and the Measuring Information Society 2012 Map for free here. ICT Development Index >>


XAMN – New Product Release

Micro Systemation announce the launch of a new analytical tool


Micro Systemation announce the launch of a brand new analytical tool called XAMN.

XAMN is a software package designed exclusively for the comparison of data extracted from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices by forensic tools. This new software will be made available for sale in the coming months.

Designed by the makers of XRY the leading mobile forensic software solution, XAMN works seamlessly to allow you to drag and drop XRY files straight into the graphical user interface to start analysing data in greater detail than ever before

With mobile phone memories getting ever bigger, the challenge of dealing with large volumes of data is growing. Investigators need to review more and more data in order to find the crucial connections and prove associations, because it’s not just about the data, it’s about the meaning.

XAMN is the next generation of analysis tools for e-forensics and will enable greater understanding and discovery from the goldmine of mobile phone data available to investigators.

For more information please visit the product page here >>

New Releases from MSAB

iOS 6 Support & Bypass Complex Passcodes

The development department at MSAB are working hard right now to finalize the details of our new 64Bit version so customers can benefit from using XRY on the latest computer hardware.

This is a major project requiring a re-write of many of the legacy drivers for cell phones, GPS devices and portable media players, which we currently support. XRY is a forensic tool and requires validation, so we subject all the new solutions to extensive testing, so there is a lot of verification going on right now which does take some time.

In the meantime we made a breakthrough with iOS support for older models allowing us to bypass a complex passcode on the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 GSM, iPhone 4 CDMA, iPod touch 3G, iPod touch 4 & iPad 1.
So if you have a XRY Physical or Complete license you will now be able to bypass the passcode to access data on these devices.

We didn’t want you to wait for this and with the launch of the new iPhone and iOS 6 this week; it seemed an ideal time to provide you with some additional features. So now you extract data from some phones with the latest Apple mobile operating system and you can also bypass a complex passcode to extract more data faster than ever before with XRY.

Where possible we recommend brute force on a simple passcode, because once the passcode is known we can unlock the device and recover more data that would have otherwise been encrypted, such as emails. However if no alternative exists and you don’t want to to take several weeks to brute force a complex passcode then this is an ideal solution.

For more details of how the new feature works download the
v6.3.2 release notice here >>

Fingers crossed XRY v6.4 will be released in the coming few weeks and all users will then be able to benefit from this new improved version of the leading phone forensic tool.

In the meantime keep your eye out for the launch of an entirely brand new product to be announced next week called XAMN.

e-forensics aided 90% rise in phones examined

The number of electronic devices examined by experts in UK Police has grown nationally by 300%

The United Kingdom National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) says e-forensics have aided a 90% rise in number of computers, iPads and mobile phones examined by police.

The NPIA said it wants an e-forensics project, aimed at speeding up the examination of ICT used by criminals, to be available to all UK Police Forces from September.

Over the past seven years, the number of electronic devices examined by technology experts in police force hi-tech crime units (HTCUs) has grown nationally by 300%. 

A six-month pilot of the e-forensics project with five forces in the East Midlands resulted in a 90% increase in the number of computers and mobile phones examined, according to the agency.

Deputy chief constable Paul Crowthe, the Association of Chief Police Officers' lead on e-forensics, said:

"With the emergence of technology impacting on many crime types, the police service has recognised that all police forces were spending an increasing amount of time, money and staff on interrogating electronic devices and mobiles phones.

This project has dramatically reduced the time taken over each device and has also made a massive impact into case loads."

For more on this story see the Guardian Newspaper here >>

A quick forensics lesson

The Smart Phone Is Much More than Just a Hard Drive

“You have to understand that a smart phone is not just a hard drive.” says Greg Buckles.

Interviews with software providers and forensic specialists in mobile device eDiscovery have hammered home that lesson. Most Legal IT professionals are comfortable with the different options and standards for collecting ESI (electronically stored information) from laptops and network servers.

Until fairly recently, the vast majority of civil discovery did not consider the ESI on mobile devices to be worth the effort to preserve, extract, review or produce. As corporate decision makers have become increasingly connected and mobile, their devices now store unique ESI that can provide an absolute chain of actions, locations and communications.

So if a mobile device is not just a hard drive, what is it, what does it store and how can you get it?

For more information about this story, please visit the Legal IT Professionals website >>

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