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.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING INVESTIGATION
Human traﬃcking is a scourge on society, with police and other law enforcement agencies working to combat this crime and assist victims in escaping their oppressors.
Investigators are checking an online classified site known to host advertisements for prostitutes in their area. A new ad appears on the site. A young-looking female called “Amber” indicates she is available for in-calls or out-calls. Investigators have never seen this female advertised before.
Undercover oﬃcers make contact with “Amber”, and arrange to meet her at a hotel the oﬃcers choose. “Amber” arrives at the hotel and is met by oﬃcers. Although initially she is hesitant to speak, she eventually comes around. She tells oﬃcers she met “Her Man” while visiting the city from her small town. He invited her and her friend to a party, where he supplied her with drugs. She started seeing “Her Man” over the next few weeks.
“Amber” tells oﬃcers that he is also new in town having come from another part of the country. She says that after a period of going out with “Her Man” he forced her to work for him. “Amber” is scared as she has been beaten and sexually assaulted by “Her Man”. She shows oﬃcers a picture of “Her Man” and messages from him to her providing “Amber” with addresses and times to meet clients. She says the iPhone she is using belongs to “Her Man”, who gave it to her to keep track of her.
The undercover oﬃcers have been trained in Mobilyze. “Amber” agrees to allow oﬃcers to acquire her phone. After noting pertinent information about the iPhone, data is captured using Mobilyze. Evidence retrieved from “Amber’s” iPhone, including messages, pictures, and call logs, assist oﬃcers in developing a case against “Her Man”.
Gathering data quickly and eﬃciently in cases with reluctant or scared witnesses assists with further investigations. In this case, the scared victim may never have attended a police station to hand her phone over to investigators to analyze. As the investigators had Mobilyze they were able to gather the sensitive data quickly and discretely without the victim needing to go to the Police station.
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.