Visible to the public Forensic Analysis of Third Party Location Applications in Android and iOS

TitleForensic Analysis of Third Party Location Applications in Android and iOS
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsBays, Jason, Karabiyik, Umit
Conference NameIEEE INFOCOM 2019 - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops (INFOCOM WKSHPS)
Date Publishedapr
KeywordsAndroids, application analysis, compositionality, Forensics, Global Positioning System, Human Behavior, human factors, Humanoid robots, iOS Security, location services, Metrics, mobile forensics, mobile security, Operating systems, pubcrawl, resilience, Resiliency, smart phones, Tools
AbstractLocation sharing applications are becoming increasingly common. These applications allow users to share their own locations and view contacts’ current locations on a map. Location applications are commonly used by friends and family members to view Global Positioning System (GPS) location of an individual, but valuable forensic evidence may exist in this data when stored locally on smartphones. This paper aims to discover forensic artifacts from two popular third-party location sharing applications on iOS and Android devices. Industry standard mobile forensic suites are utilized to discover if any locally stored data could be used to assist investigations reliant on knowing the past location of a suspect. Security issues raised regarding the artifacts found during our analysis is also discussed.
Citation Keybays_forensic_2019