What's all the fuss about Snapchat?

First launched on 8th July 2011, Snapchat was originally called ‘Picaboo’. The application is a multimedia messaging application and used globally by over 188 million users generally for sharing multimedia. One of the principal original features of Snapchat was to retain pictures and messages for only a brief time before they became irretrievable to their recipients.

Recently the application has changed from not focusing on person-to-person sharing to one presenting users with “Stories” of 24 hours of chronological content. Although only displaying the media for 24 hours, the application is now set by the user, 1 second up to 10 second or not limited.

Fusion have recovered snap chat messages such as; ‘Communicate via Snapchat as the police can’t recover these messages!!’, demonstrating that users believe the Snapchat messages are irretrievable.

Yes, Snapchats are recoverable forensically.

Historically users of Snapchat believed that the data was gone for good, thus making the application popular with users who wanted to communicate in a stealthy or secretive manner. Unknown to most, the data was still available for recovery, being held on the handset but not user accessible in a database. In later versions the data is stored in the cloud and would require a subscriber request to Snap Inc (the software providers of Snapchat).

'Cab driver needs to prove his innocence'

Sometimes we are not always aware what our own Mobile Phone devices are doing! Previously set up settings/notifications that we have forgotten about are sometimes actually carrying out actions in the background whilst we are going about our day to day business.

Fusion Forensics recently had an enquiry where the police were alleging that a cab driver was using his phone when he had pulled into the taxi rank. The police even produced body cam footage in support of this accusation.

The taxi was in fact stationary and the police did not produce supporting evidence in the form of cell site or extracted handset data clearly showing the activity on the device. Such driving offences should be supported with the aforementioned evidence.

Law enforcement generally investigate volume crime with the lowest possible budget. If the client is genuinely innocent, Fusion can assist in proving such by extracting valuable data from the device which can dispel eye witness testimony. Fusion are one of the few companies in the country that can provide you with this valuable evidence. It is crucial both pieces of evidence are obtained as there may be conflicting information such as sent text messages and calls take their times from the handset, which maybe be set incorrectly.

Malware investigations

There are many reasons why malware is downloaded onto user’s machines such as Botnets, which are a number of compromised computers that are covertly under control by the Botnet operator. The operator can then rent out the services of the Botnet to underground figures to facilitate mischief or for illegal purposes. Examples of this include:

• Mass email spamming

• Denial-of-service attacks to bring down entire websites

• Pay-per-click fraud

• Crime syndicates have been known to use a Botnet for the theft of personal and financial information from corporations

• To download illicit or illegal images

Fusion Forensics have assisted clients that have fallen victim to this practice. A client’s machine was used by a criminal to host indecent images. Fusion proved the client was innocent, saving them from the potentially life changing implications of being wrongly prosecuted of a sexual offence.

We can take a computer or hard disk, install an industry leading malware detection agent onto it and analyse/scan the disk for malicious applications/programs. Following on from this we can find and run any applications/programs to monitor and analyse exactly what they do.

We then provide a report detailing exactly what the applications do at the time of execution and explain any behaviours exhibited such as remote access or credential harvesting. Given that many malicious applications are self-deleting, it will be necessary to search for and locate files that have a matching digital finger print/identifier to ensure that the file is an exact copy where possible. It should, however, be noted that many applications now have changing behaviour depending on the system they are run on or the time that they are run at so forensic investigation of the machine to see what has happened would still be required. Our malware specialists can assist with dissecting the malware and conducting a malware investigation.






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