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Investigating social networking applications on smartphones detecting Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ artefacts on android and iOS platforms

Norouzizadeh Dezfouli, F, Dehghantanha, A, Eterovic-Soric, B and Kim-Kwang Raymond, C 2016, 'Investigating social networking applications on smartphones detecting Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ artefacts on android and iOS platforms' , Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 48 (4) , pp. 469-488.

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Abstract

The rapid growth in usage and application of Social Networking (SN) platforms make them a potential target by cyber criminals to conduct malicious activities such as identity theft, piracy, illegal trading, sexual harassment, cyber stalking and cyber terrorism. Many SN platforms are extending their services to mobile platforms, making them an important source of evidence in cyber investigation cases. Therefore, understanding the types of potential evidence of users’ SN activities available on mobile devices is crucial to forensic investigation and research. In this paper, we examine four popular SN applications: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+, on Android and iOS platforms, to detect remnants of users’ activities that are of forensic interest. We detect a variety of artefacts (e.g. usernames, passwords, login information, personal information, uploaded posts, exchanged messages and uploaded comments from SN applications) that could facilitate a criminal investigation.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0045-0618
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Funders: FP7
Depositing User: Dr. Ali Dehghantanha
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2015 17:49
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 15:31
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/36092

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