using mobilyze in the field


Using Mobilyze in the Field



Mobilyze is BlackBag Technologies’ mobile device triage tool designed to be easy enough to use without any advanced forensic training.

Reliable, powerful, and forensically sound, Mobilyze analyzes Android and iOS devices and provides investigators quick access to the data in the field. Mobilyze can be installed on any computer and on most Windows based tablet devices.  



Child Exploitation: Grooming & Solicitation

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At an athletics club social event a parent observed a male coach texting. The coach was using a large smartphone, with the text size enlarged. The parent observed a text message being sent to a female teenage club member. Given the content of the message, the parent spoke to the club’s welfare officer about potential grooming and solicitation, providing the child’s name the text message was sent to. The welfare officer contacted police to report the allegation. 
Officers from the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force launched a criminal investigation. They contacted the parents of the teenager and arranged to meet with them and their 15-year-old daughter at their home. The daughter agreed to allow officers, trained in Mobilyze, to acquire her phone. After noting pertinent information about the Android smartphone, data was captured using Mobilyze. This triage on-site made the teenage girl feel more comfortable, with minimal intrusion and without the need for the officers to seize the device for examination. 
Investigators quickly discovered key pieces of evidence pertaining to grooming and solicitation, including messages, pictures, videos and geolocation metadata. Officers established a texting relationship between the teenager and the coach. The text conversations were initially about athletics. Over time, however, the coach was asking for nude images, sexual favors and had attempted to establish a dating relationship with the victim.
Without the need for specialized equipment or in-depth training, the officers quickly gained vital intelligence and gathered forensically sound evidence to assist in their child exploitation case against the coach.

For more information about Mobilyze contact a member of the BlackBag Sales Team.  Or why not sign up for the Certified Mobilyze Operators class and get certified to use Mobilyze today! It’s free, it only takes 90 minutes and you’ll receive a 30 day demo license for Mobilyze.

BlackBag Technologies always recommends following standard procedures laid out by your organization when using Mobilyze to collect data. We recommend (where possible) OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) cables or high quality generic cables to gather mobile data when using Mobilyze.