by Patrick Siewert, Principal Consultant, Pro Digital Forensic Consulting
It’s becoming common knowledge that location evidence on cellular devices can provide a wealth of evidence in any number of civil, criminal and investigative matters. Law enforcement agencies use cellular location evidence from service providers to help place a criminal suspect at or near a crime scene in a given time frame. Search and rescue analysts can use cellular call detail records to help locate missing persons as well. And as we’ve detailed in previous articles, this type of evidence can be useful in any number of other matters, from divorce to alimony to fraud investigations and beyond.
So where does all of this evidence come from and how can we best utilize it? It can come from a variety of different places, but the two main areas are the mobile device itself and the records from the cellular provider.