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taurean25
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All,

Does anyone know of any RF shielding solutions that provide battery power to keep the acquired mobile device powered?

There maybe situations where if the device looses power, it may not be possible to gain access to the device again due to encryption or difficult passcodes.

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Posted : 02/11/2012 10:20 pm
ThePM
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You might want to check this out http//www.teeltech.com/tt3/black-hole-forensic-bag.asp.

It has a built-in shielded USB port.

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Posted : 02/11/2012 11:26 pm
armresl
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Call for quote always scares me.

You might want to check this out http//www.teeltech.com/tt3/black-hole-forensic-bag.asp.

It has a built-in shielded USB port.

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Posted : 09/11/2012 12:45 am
ThePM
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I agree…

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Posted : 09/11/2012 1:25 am
paraben
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No call for quote needed http//www.paraben.com/stronghold-pouch.html

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Posted : 09/11/2012 2:20 am
rjudy55
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Posted : 26/01/2013 4:04 am
Bulldawg
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Try this one Black Hole Data Bag Kit

I have this bag, and I have a warning. In an area of particularly strong signal, I've had a phone in this bag connect to the tower and download a couple SMS messages. I don't know if this would happen with any other bag–I suspect it would–so it's best to just use the bag long enough to put the device in airplane mode. If you can't do that, then test your bag repeatedly with different phones and networks before puting it in service in your lab.

The kit I bought came with a secondary trasportation bag which has no window and better RF shielding. The phone in both bags can't connect, but then without the window, I can't enter the PIN and gain access to the phone either.

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Posted : 28/01/2013 7:22 pm
jaclaz
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I have this bag, and I have a warning. In an area of particularly strong signal, I've had a phone in this bag connect to the tower and download a couple SMS messages. I don't know if this would happen with any other bag–I suspect it would–so it's best to just use the bag long enough to put the device in airplane mode.

Just for the record

http//www.forensicfocus.com/Forums/viewtopic/p=6562541/#6562541

In the comparative tests made by Purdue University
http//docs.lib.purdue.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1033&context=techmasters&sei-redir=1
that particular make/model didn't do very well

In this graph it is clear to see that the Black Hole Bag fails to isolate most of the
mobile phones during the tests. It is evident that SMS messages are the least isolated of
the call types. Voice calls started out penetrating this shield as often as SMS but were
more affected by time. This is most likely explained by the increase in noise in the
communication channel that being placed inside the RF shield causes. As the SNR
decreases the phones have a harder time communicating with the tower despite still
receiving some signal. This supports the hypothesis that SMS messages require less SNR
than the other call types.
Overall the Black Hole Bag had a 54.12% failure rate during these tests.

while still better than others, the really preoccupying issue coming from the conclusions is that no "safe" product was found

It is evident that the shields do not always isolate the mobile phones. None of the
RF shields tested were able to successfully isolate the phones 100% of the time.

jaclaz

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Posted : 28/01/2013 7:48 pm
rjudy55
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Posted : 29/01/2013 12:28 am
Bulldawg
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Thanks for the info, jaclaz. I wouldn't say I've had anywhere near a 50% failure rate with my version of the Black Hole bag. A couple SMS messages on an HTC Thunderbolt are all I've seen. My personal BlackBerry and several iPhone (3GS, 4S and 5) have all been properly shielded by this bag. I'm less than a block from a tower too, so it's a pretty strong signal area.

If possible, get the phones delivered to you in airplane mode. Since I deal with civil cases, this is usually possible.

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Posted : 29/01/2013 12:38 am
jaclaz
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Thanks for the info, jaclaz. I wouldn't say I've had anywhere near a 50% failure rate with my version of the Black Hole bag. A couple SMS messages on an HTC Thunderbolt are all I've seen. My personal BlackBerry and several iPhone (3GS, 4S and 5) have all been properly shielded by this bag. I'm less than a block from a tower too, so it's a pretty strong signal area.

If possible, get the phones delivered to you in airplane mode. Since I deal with civil cases, this is usually possible.

Sure, but during the cited test the handies in the bags were "bombarded" by a heavy load of data on purpose, SMS, MMS and voice calls, and they compared what was sent to what was received.
If in your real life experience 4 SMS were sent and 2 were received by the Thunderbolt thingy inside the bag, the bag failed for a similar 50%, but if in total two SMS were sent and you received both of them it failed 100%, but if 8 SMS were sent and only two were received you have a much lower rate….

@rjudy55
I am pretty sure you try your best to have your bags shielding effectively ) and I am perfectly confident that the testing you make are as accurate as possible and that your products (newer models) offer added/better shielding capabilities.

One of the points raised by Eric Katz still remains, however.

I perfectly understand how your testing methodology is correct and possibly a much more scientific one (at theoretical level), the approach by Mr. Katz however highlighted how in practical tests - at least for the hardware tested at the time - the sheer data expressed in db (signal attenuation) was not

From the docs on your page (first two items, one with window and one without) the signal attenuation is typically 44-50 db for the "windowed" and 54-60 db for the non-window.

This measures - accurate as they might be - give values that are "meaningless" (please bear with me) from a practical stand point.

As we don't have (and the mentioned thesis only partially answers this) properly terms of comparison, if you prefer we miss some "fuzzy" data.

If you have to describe the distance to (say) a nearby shop, and you are used to Imperial, you would say "Round the corner, no more than 100 yards", another "you" but used to metrical system would probably say "Round the corner, about 100 metres".
Scientifically the two measures are described with an approximation of almost 10 % but the person to which you are giving the information will have anyway a "good enough" kind of info.

What I guess would be useful would be more "real world references", even if less accurate, like "can shield a phone up to (say) 200 meters (or yards) from a tower/antenna".

The procedure of wrapping the (windowed) bag inside another (non-windowed) bag (or other heavily shielded conductor) makes of course a lot of sense, and in theory should also be the recommended procedure, expecially in countries where cellular technology/coverage is exapnding and - even if "yesterday" nothing happened "today" some telephone company has placed a new (or replaced an old one with a much more powerful) apparatus.

This (the measurement of the combined effect of the two bags in terms of signal attenuation) could be in any case a nice added set of data to your documents.

As a subject for research it could be also intersting to evaluate the effectiveness of further layers (such as putting the two bags, one into another into a tin can for added shielding).

As I see it being able to reach 100% (or as nearly as possible to 100%) certainty that during transport and until the "package" is opened in a controlled environment no signals reach the seized device - while being probably overkill in practice (you need to meet two conditions concurrently, being extremely near to a powerful tower AND have something, SMS, MMS, voice sent to the handy in the limited time you are under this "restricted" area of possible influence) might help in having quite a few of the professionals involved sleep better at night.

jaclaz

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Posted : 29/01/2013 1:39 am
trewmte
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Thanks for the info, jaclaz. I wouldn't say I've had anywhere near a 50% failure rate with my version of the Black Hole bag. A couple SMS messages on an HTC Thunderbolt are all I've seen. My personal BlackBerry and several iPhone (3GS, 4S and 5) have all been properly shielded by this bag. I'm less than a block from a tower too, so it's a pretty strong signal area.

If possible, get the phones delivered to you in airplane mode. Since I deal with civil cases, this is usually possible.

Sure, but during the cited test the handies in the bags were "bombarded" by a heavy load of data on purpose, SMS, MMS and voice calls, and they compared what was sent to what was received.
If in your real life experience 4 SMS were sent and 2 were received by the Thunderbolt thingy inside the bag, the bag failed for a similar 50%, but if in total two SMS were sent and you received both of them it failed 100%, but if 8 SMS were sent and only two were received you have a much lower rate….

@rjudy55
I am pretty sure you try your best to have your bags shielding effectively ) and I am perfectly confident that the testing you make are as accurate as possible and that your products (newer models) offer added/better shielding capabilities.

One of the points raised by Eric Katz still remains, however.

I perfectly understand how your testing methodology is correct and possibly a much more scientific one (at theoretical level), the approach by Mr. Katz however highlighted how in practical tests - at least for the hardware tested at the time - the sheer data expressed in db (signal attenuation) was not

From the docs on your page (first two items, one with window and one without) the signal attenuation is typically 44-50 db for the "windowed" and 54-60 db for the non-window.

This measures - accurate as they might be - give values that are "meaningless" (please bear with me) from a practical stand point.

As we don't have (and the mentioned thesis only partially answers this) properly terms of comparison, if you prefer we miss some "fuzzy" data.

If you have to describe the distance to (say) a nearby shop, and you are used to Imperial, you would say "Round the corner, no more than 100 yards", another "you" but used to metrical system would probably say "Round the corner, about 100 metres".
Scientifically the two measures are described with an approximation of almost 10 % but the person to which you are giving the information will have anyway a "good enough" kind of info.

What I guess would be useful would be more "real world references", even if less accurate, like "can shield a phone up to (say) 200 meters (or yards) from a tower/antenna".

The procedure of wrapping the (windowed) bag inside another (non-windowed) bag (or other heavily shielded conductor) makes of course a lot of sense, and in theory should also be the recommended procedure, expecially in countries where cellular technology/coverage is exapnding and - even if "yesterday" nothing happened "today" some telephone company has placed a new (or replaced an old one with a much more powerful) apparatus.

This (the measurement of the combined effect of the two bags in terms of signal attenuation) could be in any case a nice added set of data to your documents.

As a subject for research it could be also intersting to evaluate the effectiveness of further layers (such as putting the two bags, one into another into a tin can for added shielding).

As I see it being able to reach 100% (or as nearly as possible to 100%) certainty that during transport and until the "package" is opened in a controlled environment no signals reach the seized device - while being probably overkill in practice (you need to meet two conditions concurrently, being extremely near to a powerful tower AND have something, SMS, MMS, voice sent to the handy in the limited time you are under this "restricted" area of possible influence) might help in having quite a few of the professionals involved sleep better at night.

jaclaz

Within the narrow corridor of probability testing where a device contained in a physical RF dampening field container that may be susceptible, as set out by jaclaz, here are some images at the weblinks below that may assist in providing a visual idea of RF areas and the considered 'dwell time' conditions the container may be exposed to RF conditions when

- static
- slow traverse
- speed

(The research tests may equally consider the robustness/distortion of the container material with respect to being moved around under different conditions during transportation.)

http//trewmte.blogspot.co.uk/2009/08/cell-site-analysis-csa-images-part-2.html

Also the density of masts/towers in an area and the transmission technology/ies that may be relevant

http//trewmte.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/mini-course-in-cell-site-identification.html.

Lastly, in-building solutions (IBS) have significantly increased and improved, so perhaps a police building or police office in a city building that once previously had poor coverage (externally) may have had an IBS installed (which is another point I believe jaclaz also makes with respect to 'changes').

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Posted : 29/01/2013 3:54 am
rjudy55
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Posted : 29/01/2013 5:02 am
Horking
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New Member

All,

Does anyone know of any RF shielding solutions that provide battery power to keep the acquired mobile device powered?

There maybe situations where if the device looses power, it may not be possible to gain access to the device again due to encryption or difficult passcodes.

The cellphone battery lose energy very quickly when RF shielding,because searching signal never stop.so u can use the Shielding bag with the external battery by USB port)

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Posted : 29/01/2013 6:03 am
trewmte
(@trewmte)
Community Legend

All,

Does anyone know of any RF shielding solutions that provide battery power to keep the acquired mobile device powered?

There maybe situations where if the device looses power, it may not be possible to gain access to the device again due to encryption or difficult passcodes.

The cellphone battery lose energy very quickly when RF shielding,because searching signal never stop.so u can use the Shielding bag with the external battery by USB port)

There is also the point to make, apart from whether the mobile is going to die on its feet due to loss of battery charge or the battery charge is sustained, whether the RF and network attach state is of equal importance, particularly regarding the OP original point about receiving SMS.

Being able to explaining the RF and network attach state can assist evidentially as to the value and weight to be given to the events as set out by the OP.

At some stage confirmation as to what is happening and can be seen on the screen with the handset that is switched on and contained within a RF dampening field container/chamber may assist a particular issue.

How often do you see a report containing a statement, and maybe with a photo, that in the dampening field

- the mobile had 'no coverage' as depicted by the symbols on the screen
- the mobile phone went into emergency calls only mode
- the screen was blank other than mobile screen mode

When considering these issues the standards do provide useful observations about the RF and network attach state. I have used one example from a GSM/ETSI TS for 1999 to illustrate that nothing I am saying is new, it has always been there Using the standards to help define the technical level of the issue raised by the OP may assist.

For instance absolutely no RF signal and no attach state may possible produce a statement relevant to 'nothing got through'. In the emergency calls state an attach state may occur but the likelihood that the emergency calls channel would be used to send commercial or private SMS text messages would appear unlikely. However, the OP identified receipt of an SMS, but it is not clear whether this came form the subscriber home network or delivered by a roaming network or third party proxy manager. It does confirm however that technically the subscriber was attached to a network, but what we do not know at this stage is whether the mobile was able to send an acknowledgement that the text message was received or whether the network would continue to transmit the SMS at interval for the suration of the 'delivery period' requirements.

Studying and understsanding the locale in which the container was present at the time of the unwanted SMS intrusion and noticing the density of masts/tower and the transmission technology/ies around it (the container) may assist investigate how the SMS message made it through the dampening field, can be included as part of the investigation and reported as necessary.

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Posted : 29/01/2013 12:11 pm
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