Technological innovations and the road ahead for mobile forensics

In 2020, the number of unique mobile internet users stood at 4.28 billion, indicating that over 90 percent of the global internet population use a mobile device to go online.

Mobile phones have become a ubiquitous tool in today’s more interconnected world. They are how most of us communicate, how we socialize, how we share photos and videos, and how we generally interact with others. For these same reasons, mobile phones have become a treasure-trove of information for investigations into mass atrocities.

Mobile devices are used as a communication tool between terrorist groups, as a mechanism to record propaganda videos and even as the trigger mechanisms for IEDs.

The recovery of a mobile device from such parties usually leads to the recovery of vital intelligence, but there is a constant and never ending battle to keep up to date with the latest devices, security and apps.

To state the obvious, you can’t expect soldiers to carry a complete digital forensic laboratory wherever they go in enemy territory, so whatever the situation encountered, the tools need to be lightweight, portable, flexible and rugged. In this report we will show how Raven can allow for timely access to critical field intelligence.