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.  




Mobilyze for Homicide Investigators

Approximately 150 guests are attending a party at a downtown club exclusively hired for a birthday party. Towards the end of the evening, a loud bang emanates from the dance floor and a male falls to the ground. Partygoers scatter and run for the door in the commotion.

Police are called, and the first responders find a male on the dance floor with a fatal gunshot wound. The victim is pronounced dead at the scene. Several partygoers, including the hosts, remain at the club.  Homicide investigators arrive, and through information they gather from witnesses it is clear that several uninvited people attended the party.

One host informs investigators she had been taking pictures all night to capture the celebrations on her mobile phone. Investigators, trained to use Mobilyze, gather pertinent information about the female’s iPhone 6. The iPhone is connected to an investigator’s laptop and, with the female’s consent, data is collected. 

Numerous pictures of partygoers are found. The victim is seen in several pictures with other partygoers.  The witness tells investigators she does not know some of the people pictured with the victim. Critically, in one picture of the victim, another male is seen bending over in the background.  In the waistband of his pants a gun is clearly visible.  

This picture, and others from the mobile phone, provide investigators solid leads and intelligence on a person of interest in the critical initial stages of this homicide investigation.  

The iPhone was returned to the witness after the investigators confirmed they had gathered all the necessary information from the device.  Using Mobilyze allowed Investigators to gain immediate access to the phone and to potential evidence quickly, without needing to seize the phone and deprive the witness of it for a period of time.  

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.