The explosive growth in both the use and capacity of smartphones has led to a sea change in digital forensics, creating technology challenges for the justice and law enforcement communities and raising legal questions that in some cases have gone to the Supreme Court.
“When I started doing forensics, mobile devices meant flip-phones and texting,” said Josh Moulin, a contractor doing forensics work for a federal agency. The information you could expect to get from a phone was a contact list, some text messages and calendar entries.
“Today they are computers, and we are getting everything off of them that we would expect from a computer. You have a great picture of what a person is doing and is interested in…”