Police expert admits mobile phone forensics barrier

A police digital forensics expert has admitted that some mobile phones are impenetrable to software used by police in forensic examinations. The revelation follows a paper by a Cambridge researcher which originally made the claim. “There are some phones that are not supported by any tools,” said Kevin Mansell, a hi-tech crime trainer for Centrex, the police training authority. Amongst other disciplines, Mansell trains officers in retrieving data from mobile phones. “But it’s important to remember that data on phones can always be retrieved manually, just as you would navigate through your own phone…”

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