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.
Police have been conducting a long term investigation into the traﬃcking of heroin in their community. They’ve spent countless hours surveilling several locations, and interviewing numerous people. Despite their best eﬀorts, they are no closer to determining the source of the drugs in their community.
One night investigators receive a vital call. An agitated male caller wants to meet with oﬃcers. Undercover officers meet with the caller that same evening in a downtown location. The male tells the officers he believes he knows the location of a home containing a large amount of heroin. He relays to officers how he had been texting a friend, who had told him he was in a house and had seen the drugs.
The male has his cell phone with him but does not want to give it to police. He’s worried that, by giving officers the information about the whereabouts of the drugs, he will be targeted. He tells the officers he is leaving town due to his concerns for his safety.
The two investigators have been trained to use Mobilyze. They gather pertinent information about the male’s phone and, with his consent, they attach his cell phone (a Samsung Galaxy S5) to their computer and acquire the data.
Once the acquisition is complete, they quickly find the series of text messages in question and these are tagged and a report is generated.
Being able to gather data quickly, and without the need for specialized equipment, allowed the officers to gain vital intelligence, safeguard a witness, and gather forensically sound evidence to act upon. All of this undertaken in the field, without the need for in-depth training, specialist investigators or relying upon over stretched colleagues in the high-tech unit.
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.