Digital Forensics Global Trends

The role of personal devices & digital forensics continues to grow

The current number of global mobile device connections in use around the world exceeded 7 billion in April 2014 — this number is expected to continue to increase exponentially as the Internet of things continues to grow.  As use of these devices, and accompanying applications, continue to expand rapidly around the globe so too will the use of digital forensics as an invaluable tool for a variety of law enforcement agencies and stakeholders. The global digital forensics market had revenues of around $1.4bn in 2013 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10.5% between now and 2018.

There are two critical global trends that are shaping the evolution of these marketplaces and the uses of digital forensics- and they are interconnected.  The first is that law enforcement agencies and a growing array of stakeholders are using digital forensics for a rapidly expanding set of uses to keep up with the pace of innovation and commercialization.  The second is that of privacy concerns whereby policy makers are taking a more active role in attempting to shape the use of digital forensics and that law enforcement will have to make adjustments to these new realities.

Recently there have been a number of high profile cases where cutting-edge digital forensics tools have played a key role.  In the Oscar Pistorius trial, Reeva Steenkamp admitted to being scared of the South African track star in a text message three weeks before he shot her dead, according to police experts during his murder trial.  In a Whatsapp conversation in January of 2103, Ms. Steenkamp wrote: “I’m scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me.”  Thanks to digital forensics tools for mobile devices used by the South African Police that can recover messages, including deleted messages and data from encrypted versions, over 35,000 pages worth messages between the couple were recovered and will likely prove pivotal in the disposition of the case. 

For more on this story please read the full article in GRC-Daily here >>

XRY used in Oscar Pistorius Trial

Oscar Pistorius trial: Whatsapp messages reveal Reeva Steenkamp was 'scared' of Paralympian boyfriend

Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, admitted to being scared of the South African track star in a text message sent less than three weeks before he shot her dead, a police expert told his murder trial.

In a Whatsapp conversation sent on 27 January 2013, Ms Steenkamp wrote: "I'm scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me."

Captain Francois Moller from the South African Police, said he was able to access some 35,000 pages worth of messages between the couple, and 90 per cent of them were loving. 

The evidence was extracted and shown to the court using XRY software.

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MSAB Releases Latest Evolution of Internationally Recognized XRY Digital Forensics Technology

Version 6.10 Will Enable Access to 12,415 support profiles including the latest versions of a wide array of apps

Stockholm - June 5, 2014

MSAB, the mobile leader in forensic technology for mobile examination and pioneer of XRY announced the release of the latest version of its internationally recognized XRY platform. XRY allows users to perform forensically sound digital extractions of data from mobile devices.

Version 6.10 offers a number of new features and capabilities including expanded access to smartphone apps and broader interoperability. To read more about the smartphone app support that version 6.10 you can access go to: MSAB Smartphone App Versions Blog

“The latest version of our groundbreaking XRY technology will enable access to 12,415 device profiles, offering unparalleled capability to users, allowing them to keep pace with latest versions of applications and new technologies in the personal device marketplace,” said Joel Bollö, CEO of MSAB.  “This latest version was driven by the evolving needs of law enforcement and direct feedback from the field, we feel the latest XRY platform provides our customers with a unique and powerful tool, that will be a real game changer.”   

MSAB’s XRY platform is playing a key role in  law enforcement’s efforts to address a wide array of criminal threats including narcotics trafficking, gang violence and exploitation of children. The XRY tool helps law enforcement collect evidence from today’s most advanced smartphones and mobile devices, including cell phones, tablets, portable GPS units, SIM cards, and memory cards. The evidence collected by XRY includes contacts, phone numbers, call logs, text messages, social network app data, location data, pictures, videos, and voice messages including files that have been deleted.  It is heavily used by federal task forces addressing crimes against children and drug enforcement, Computer Crime Labs / Digital Forensics Labs, Regional Computer Forensic Labs (RCFL’s), and Fusion Centers.  It is also widely used by a government, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and military. 

“While many tools claim to cover applications such as Facebook, they are not created equally,” added Bollö.  “Unless they support the latest versions of those applications they will likely offer limited utility to users.”

XRY has also been successfully proven in courts of in over 60 countries around the world and was recently used to extract WhatsApp messaging data used in Oscar Pistorius case.  It was also used to collect data used against City Councilman in Central Valley California, USA who was sentenced in case involving sex crimes against minors. 

Mobile Forensics World 2014

MSAB to preview the latest version of XRY at MFW Show

Myrtle Beach, SC, USA.

June 2, 2014 – MSAB, the mobile leader in forensic technology for mobile examination and pioneer of XRY will be showcasing its internationally recognized capabilities at the Mobile Forensic World show in Myrtle Beach June 1-4.  XRY allows users to perform forensically sound extractions of data from mobile devices.  At the event, participants will also be allowed a preview of the soon to be launched XRY version 6.10 which offers a number of new features and capabilities including expanded access to smartphone apps and broader interoperability.  MSAB executives and SMEs will be available throughout the show at Booth 106.

“We are very energized about sharing the latest version of our groundbreaking XRY technology at the Mobile Forensics World show— we are confident that the new features offered by this latest version will continue to enable law enforcement to remain ahead of the curve and achieve their mission,” said Glenn Hickok, President of MSAB Inc.  “New innovations in the marketplace can often outpace the development of forensic tools—we are confident that our regularly updated, interoperable, software-based tools will continue to empower law enforcement to capture data from the latest applications and devices.”   

MSAB’s XRY platform is playing a key role in the law enforcement’s efforts to address a wide array of criminal threats in the U.S. including narcotics trafficking, gang violence and exploitation of children.  The XRY tool helps law enforcement collect evidence from today’s most advanced smartphones and mobile devices in general including cell phones, tablets, portable GPS units, SIM cards, and memory cards. The evidence collected by XRY includes contacts, phone numbers, call logs, text messages, social network app data, location data, pictures, videos, and voice messages including files that have been deleted. It is heavily used across the U.S. by federal task forces addressing crimes against children and drug enforcement, State Computer Crime Labs / Digital Forensics Labs, Regional Computer Forensic Labs (RCFL’s), and Fusion Centers.  It is also widely used by a host of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and the U.S. military. 

“Because XRY is software-based and easily interoperable with other applications and programs it provides a highly adaptable platform which can be seamlessly updated to keep pace with constant innovations and developments in the marketplace”, added Hickok.  “The agility and flexibility of XRY is providing law enforcement with the tactical edge they need to make arrests and to get convictions.”   

XRY has also been successfully proven in courts of in over 60 countries around the world and was recently used to extract WhatsApp messaging data used in Oscar Pistorius case.  It was also used to collect data used against City Councilman in Central Valley California who was sentenced in case involving sex crimes against minors.

If you wish to set-up a meeting regarding MSAB’s solutions at Mobile Forensic World, please contact us.

For more information about the show, please visit: MFC 2014.

30 Years of Excellence

MSAB celebrates 30th anniversary

On 7th June 2014 MSAB will be 30 years old.

The company was founded in 1984 in Stockholm, Sweden and has since grown to become the most trusted provider of mobile forensic technology, with staff and offices all around the world.

We've been involved with mobile communications since the beginning and today we have a singular focus on the forensic recovery and analysis of data from mobile devices. Over the years we have learnt that focus helps drive quality and that's why we are dedicated to providing our customers in law enforcement and government with the best possible digital forensic tools.

To celebrate this milestone, we would like to invite our customers to take part in a survey to provide vital feedback that will help ensure that we're still here in another 30 years time!

Customers who enter the survey can choose to enter a prize draw for an iPad Air as part of the celebrations.

Link to Customer Survey >>

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