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Is Your Mobile Device Lost, Locked or Damaged?

  Forensic investigators should routinely determine if backup files exist during their initial case assessment.  A backup file is a like a snapshot of the devices memory in time.  It is an excellent alternative to a lost or locked device or when other forensic procedures cannot recover the data.  A backup may be found in the cloud or may be stored on a computer or mobile device.  It would require the user’s credentials or a forensic acquisition of the device it was stored in.  Attempts to restore a backup without the proper training could result in the contamination and permanent loss of data.  A backup file is also a good alternative when faced with a locked device with an unknown pass code. However, advances in technology allow examiners to overcome more locked devices than ever before.  Because of the rapid pace of technology, the forensic community lags behind.  New tools are created regularly so reviewing the latest forensic capabilities periodically is recommended. Damaged devices can often be accessed after making only minor repairs, more often than not.  For example, the simple and inexpensive process of replacing a broken screen may be the only thing preventing the examiner from accessing the device.  Water damage can also be easily mitigated, but requires the investigator to follow a recently updated standard procedure.  Depending on the device and the current state of the devices power certain actions should be taken.  See the iPhone Collection Flowchart and the Android Collection Flowchart.

ICYMI: CT Man Jailed for 17 Years, Exonerated Thanks to Digital Evidence

A New Haven, CT man who served 17 years in prison for murder and robbery was freed back on April 25, 2018 after he was exonerated by cellphone records. Read Article The digital evidence is out there to save more lives, but defense teams may not be as educated as the prosecution, who have access to state labs, as to what to look for, where to look for, and how to obtain all the necessary digital evidence needed to prevent or exonerate wrongful convictions. For further information see: Digital Evidence Case Assessment Method Digital Evidence Innocence Initiative

NEW!!! Digital Evidence Case Assessment Method (DECAM) White Paper

FROM COLLECTION TO THE COURTROOM: DIGITAL EVIDENCE A NEW Standardized Method for Investigators and Attorneys IRIS LLC is proud to announce the creation of the first standardized Digital Evidence Case Assessment Method (DECAM) for indigent defense organizations.  Developed for the defense community to reduce pre-trial incarceration and prevent future wrongful convictions in cases involving digital evidence. Click here to read the New DECAM White Paper  

2019-09-19T15:19:49-04:00May 20th, 2019|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics, Computer Forensics, Investigations, Location Data, Social Media, Standards-Best Practices, Training, Uncategorized|Comments Off on NEW!!! Digital Evidence Case Assessment Method (DECAM) White Paper

Updated Standards and Best Practice Guides in IRIS Digital Evidence Toolbox

When digital evidence is encountered during an investigation, many questions arise: What is the best method to preserve the evidence? How should the evidence be handled? How should valuable or potentially relevant data contained be preserved? The key to answering these questions begins with a firm understanding of the characteristics of digital evidence. Updated standards can be found in our Digital Evidence Toolbox at https://www.irisinvestigations.com/iris-digital-evidence-toolbox/

2019-09-19T16:11:54-04:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics, Computer Forensics, Crime Scene Examination, Investigations, Standards-Best Practices|Comments Off on Updated Standards and Best Practice Guides in IRIS Digital Evidence Toolbox

Case Study: Early Assessment and the use of Cell Site Records

Previously overlooked cell site records containing location data were used to exonerate a man after 17 years in jail. In 2000, teenager Vernon Horn was convicted for a January 1999 robbery and murder at a New Haven neighborhood convenience store. Seventeen years later, cell-site records were used to set aside the conviction. Read the Full Article> Case Study: Early Assessment and the use of Cell Site Records

2019-05-07T15:58:49-04:00July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics, Investigations, Location Data|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Case Study: Early Assessment and the use of Cell Site Records

What Attorneys and Investigators Need to Know About Cell Provider Records and Their Retention

Effective use of location data begins with having the knowledge of what information to get and where to find it. But the most important thing to know is that it is time sensitive so it must be prioritized early. Read Full Article> Criminal Defense - Location Data

2019-05-07T16:09:56-04:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics|Tags: , |Comments Off on What Attorneys and Investigators Need to Know About Cell Provider Records and Their Retention

Supreme Court protects digital privacy of cellphone location records

(Photo: Michael Owens, USA Today) The Supreme Court ruled Friday that the government cannot monitor people's movements for weeks or months by tracking the location of their mobile phones without a warrant. In a ruling that could have broad implications for privacy rights in the digital age, justices on both sides of the ideological spectrum said rapid advances in technology make decades-old rules on data privacy inadequate. Read the Full Article>

2019-05-07T17:00:01-04:00June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics, Digital Privacy, Investigations|Comments Off on Supreme Court protects digital privacy of cellphone location records

Best Practices for Preserving Social Media Evidence

In our earlier post on this topic, Best Practices for Searching Social Media for Evidence, we described a universal approach for searching the internet to locate and identify social media evidence. In this article we will discuss the best practices for preserving social media evidence, the rules of evidence that apply and steps that can be taken to overcome anticipated admissibility issues. Read the Full Article>

2019-05-07T17:04:23-04:00June 11th, 2018|Categories: Investigations, Social Media|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Best Practices for Preserving Social Media Evidence

CA Court Rules Social Media Companies Can Be Compelled To Provide Defendants Some User Content

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) On Thursday, May 24, 2018, California’s Supreme Court ruled that social media companies can be compelled to provide criminal defendants user content that is public. Many social media companies including Facebook have ignored requests arguing that federal law prevents the release of user content. Read the Full Article>

2019-05-07T17:08:42-04:00May 25th, 2018|Categories: Digital Privacy, Social Media|Comments Off on CA Court Rules Social Media Companies Can Be Compelled To Provide Defendants Some User Content

Bridgeport Man Found Not Guilty of Stratford Rape

  A Bridgeport man, who spent nine and a half months in prison after a woman claimed he raped her in a Stratford motel, was found not guilty of the charges. Mr. Joseph’s defense team reported that the cell phone evidence recovered by IRIS LLC was a crucial part of the defense. When IRIS LLC initially received Mr. Joseph's phone it was heavily damaged and not operational, but we were able to repair the phone so that the text message evidence could be successfully extracted and provided to the defense team. Read the Full Article>

2019-05-07T17:11:59-04:00May 21st, 2018|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics, Investigations|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Bridgeport Man Found Not Guilty of Stratford Rape

Michael Skakel Wins At Connecticut Supreme Court, Conviction Vacated

The duty of the defense is to independently investigate and interview alibi witnesses is fundamental, but not always a given.  It takes a professional energetic and sometimes tenacious investigation by the defense team to be effective.  In our investigation we found that locating the alibi witness was routine procedure that should have been done, but was not. READ THE FULL HARTFORD COURANT ARTICLE HERE

2019-06-28T18:12:16-04:00May 4th, 2018|Categories: Crime Scene Examination, Investigations|Comments Off on Michael Skakel Wins At Connecticut Supreme Court, Conviction Vacated

IRIS LLC Hosts Training for the CT Division of Public Defender Services

Thank you to everyone from the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services who attended our latest digital forensics training seminar on Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Hartford, CT.  IRIS LLC Cellebrite Reports-Quick Start User Guide It was a great opportunity to share our vision of promoting a universal standard for managing cell phone forensic extraction reports and preserving social media evidence in accordance with the best practices and industry standards. Harness the power of knowledge:  Free guide and other investigative resources available in our Digital Evidence Toolbox. https://www.irisinvestigations.com/iris-digital-evidence-toolbox/

2019-10-03T13:51:33-04:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Cell Phone Forensics, Social Media, Training|Tags: , , |Comments Off on IRIS LLC Hosts Training for the CT Division of Public Defender Services