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Social Media and Cloud Forensics

Private and Legal Matters. Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Australia and Worldwide

Are you involved in a pending court case in which cloud data is required?

A unique set of challenges presents itself with Social media and cloud storage of data. Social media evidence is quickly emerging as the new way in which data can be examined. The digital fingerprints that are left behind on the cloud allow our examiners the ability to explore, investigate and piece together data, including deleted data, from all types of social media and cloud storage medium. Our social media and cloud forensic service provides data extraction capabilities in the event data has been totally wiped from a mobile device such as a phone, tablet, or app.

NSI’s digital forensic experts collect social media and cloud storage data by adhering to strict privacy rights of individuals. Data transfer and privacy concerns add to the identification, preservation and acquisition of data that is synonymous to the digital forensic process.

How NSI Can Help You:

  • Easily gather evidence.
  • Retrieve deleted digital evidence from Mobile Phones, Sim Cards, Hard Drives, USB, Memory Cards, Tablets, and Laptops.
  • Easily identify links between suspects and persons of interest.
  • Assign events to particular persons of interest in chronological order.
  • Easily search a client’s / suspect’s history for all references to a particular event or topic.

How Does The Unique NSI Cloud Analysis Methodology Compare To Other Available Offerings?

Yes, there are basic software suites that attempt to extract similar information. Unfortunately all they do is leave you with collated data. It requires a highly trained and experienced examiner to get the most from the raw data.

Our forensically sound methods provide our clients with the best chances of recovering data located on social media and cloud storage, such as:
  • WhatsApp Backups;
  • WeChat;
  • Telegram;
  • Signal;
  • Viber;
  • iCloud and iCloud Backups;
  • Google (GMAIL, Drive);
  • Microsoft (OneDrive);
  • Huawei and Samsung Backups;
  • E-Mail (IMAP) Servers and more.
Also, various social media services are supported to include but not limited to:
  • Facebook;
  • Twitter;
  • Instagram,
  • Snapchat; and many more (see below).

Uncovering Suspect Activity and Finding the Links Between Individuals through:

Social Media

Cloud Storage

Open Source Intelligence

Human Source Intelligence

And Other Data Sources

Cloud analysis allows us to amalgamate structured data such as phone call records and forensic images, and unstructured data such as email and social media. We are then able to graphically ‘see’ links between persons of interest (devices, accounts, etc) and run filters or load other data sources.

Cloud provides an advanced type of search to assist in showing links between entities. By loading up a forensic image from our proprietary forensic equipment along with other relevant data sources required for the investigation, our forensic examiners are able to see mutual links and timelines of persons of interest.

The NSI Investigative Data Analytics allows us to:
  • Search and Analyse data in one place
  • Quickly connect multiple (up to 100) mobile device data sets together
  • Timeline view allows investigator to view data over time and follow any communications between entities
  • Social Network, Geospatial and Timeline Analysis
  • Anomaly Detection between data sources
We are able to extract, preserve and analyse data from the below sources as well as many others:
Google Drive
Cell Tower Data
GPS Data
Bank Statements
Toll Statements
Merging of entities

(i.e. if suspect has two or more phones or data sources)

Digital Forensic investigations

(mobile phone, computers, etc)

Open Source Intelligence

(online databases, forums, dark web, due diligence)

Human Source Intelligence

(collating of intelligence gathered in the field, utilising HUMINT methodologies)

Online and Offline news articles
Phone Bills
And many more.

Some of these data sources requires our intelligence analysts to collate the data manually and enter it into our proprietary link analysis hardware.

This service can be used to uncover and demonstrate links between previously unconnected people with the person of interest. Events of note are collated and presented in chronological order to clearly highlight links between individuals being investigated. All services are centered on the needs of our clients so as to achieve their best outcome.

Our Director is legally qualified and understands the complexities involved in legal cases. We provide fully detailed court extraction reports and affidavits with all legal forensic cases. We can also provide recorded video of the forensic process proving no tampering or manipulation of the data has taken place. Our services are not limited to the above so please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.