Extracting data from damaged mobile devices

by Igor Mikhaylov

For the last few years we have successfully extracted data from various mobile device, such as cell phones, smartphones, tablets, etc. Among devices to be examined, we came across defective mobile devices (damaged mechanically, by fire or due to being stored in harsh or hostile environmental conditions) from which digital evidence should also be extracted. We have developed several approaches to examining damaged mobile devices which we would like to share with our colleagues.

Before examining a damaged mobile device, a forensic investigator must determine what exactly is damaged in the device. It is not necessary at all to desolder a memory chip at once and perform any further manipulations on it. Experience has proven that there are usually simpler solutions for extracting data from damaged mobile devices. Let’s take a look at them…

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