Fake iPhone Extraction

Full Extraction from a fake ‘Apple iPhone 7 Plus’

An Apple iPhone 7 Plus was submitted to MD5 LTD for examination. Upon further examination, it was determined the model was a ‘fake’ MTK Android device.

Several factors alluded to the device being a fake including, but not limited to:

  • The handset identification on the rear was incorrect and embossed using a different font to the standard iPhones
  • When charging the handset in an off state the handset did not automatically power on
  • The home button was unresponsive compared to a standard iPhone
  • Google play store was installed on the device
  • Hidden in the ‘iOS’ settings were ‘Android’ OS settings such as ‘Android Debugging mode’

Using a selection of forensic tools and non-destructive methods the MD5 Analyst was able to recover all data from the device, including making a physical image of the device. This data was then presented to the client in a user-friendly report containing all live and deleted data from the device.

  • “MD5 supported my family and I to retrieve personal information in tragic circumstances. Their care, compassion and professionalism made a huge difference to us. Personal and genuine help when we needed it most.”

  • “We all appreciate the support and help you and MD5 have provided us.  Your software and customer service help considerably in our forensic work; particularly in the preparation of evidence in a user friendly way. - A North East Police Force

  • … I just mentioned your name and how helpful you were to my Inspector.  I imaged a drive which had some positive keywords on Monday and thought I would have a look at it using vfc.  The results were extremely impressive.  It showed the suspect using a website to download illegal content and also showed the actual folders on his desktop.  Makes proving this case really easy.  Thanks again.

  • “I found your VFC Demonstration most useful as it is an area I have been discussing with a colleague and how we would be able to utilise the standalone VM to assist in communicating evidence to lay people. The addition to be able to stitch in a second drive is a brilliant addition to the product as we are now able to fully replicate the users environment rather than just their Windows installation drive. I was scratching my head as to why a user in the wild would ever want to put their paging file on another drive and can happily confirm that I have never seen it but I’m more confident we can overcome the issue thanks to your input.”

  • “VFC is a very useful tool for us as the screenshots we can show a jury far outweigh simply writing about a topic.”

  • “VFC has become an essential tool in our forensic investigator's toolkit. It provides investigators an insight into the suspect's perspective by actually seeing the user's desktop, settings and user environment. Screen captures from the suspect's ‎environment add significant weight to the forensic report when describing how the suspect utilized the computer to facilitate the crime. VFC is truly a tool that I rely upon and use in all my computer investigations!”

  • “Your assistance and eDisclosure package was very useful, it enabled me to fully review all the documents from the computers and was made available to the defence during the service of the papers.”

  • “Leader of International drugs trafficking & money-laundering ring jailed for 27 years. The ringleader behind an international multi-million-pound drugs trafficking and money-laundering ring in South Yorkshire has been sentenced to 27 years in jail. See more at: http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/update/2013-07-30/leader-of-international-drug-and-money-laundering-ring-jailed-for-27-years  ”

  • “Working with MD5 is an Absolute Pleasure.”

  • “Data received, with relief! Thanks for your efficient service and clear communication throughout.”

  • “Juries get stuck looking at our technical printouts and reports. Instead, we booted the image using VFC with judge, jury and everyone else in the court room. It was clear to see what had really happened.”

  • “VFC - A great product of real use as a forensic examiner.”

  • “I was very satisfied with MD5's performance in relation to the recent eDisclosure exercise with which they assisted.”

  • “MD5 were able to extract vital contact details from a severely fire damaged phone this proved extremely important in identifying who the phone belonged to.”

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