Google Assistant Butt Dials (aka Accidental & Canceled Invocations)

Last week I was at DFRWS USA in Portland, OR to soak up some DFIR research, participate in some workshops, and congregate with some of the DFIR tribe. I also happen to be there to give a 20 minute presentation on Android Auto & Google Assistant. Seeing how this was my first presentation I was … Continue reading Google Assistant Butt Dials (aka Accidental & Canceled Invocations)

Me(n)tal Health in DFIR – It’s Kind of a Big Deal

When I initially started this blog I set a modest goal of making one post a month with the understanding that sometimes life will happen and take priority. Well, life is happening for me this month: an imminent house move, an upcoming presentation at DFRWS USA, the GCFE, and several cases at work have kept … Continue reading Me(n)tal Health in DFIR – It’s Kind of a Big Deal

Two Snaps and a Twist – An In-Depth (and Updated) Look at Snapchat on Android

 There is an update to this post. It can be found after the 'Conclusion' section.I was recently tasked with examining a two-year old Android-based phone which required an in-depth look at Snapchat. One of the things that I found most striking (and frustrating) during this examination was the lack of a modern, in-depth analysis of … Continue reading Two Snaps and a Twist – An In-Depth (and Updated) Look at Snapchat on Android

Android Pie (9.0) Image Is Available. Come Get A Piece!

In continuing the series of created Android images, I'd like to announce an Android Pie (9.0) image is now available for download.   Unfortunately, I had to retire the LG Nexus 5X (it topped out at Oreo), so this time I used a Google Pixel 3. The image contains user-populated data within the stock Android … Continue reading Android Pie (9.0) Image Is Available. Come Get A Piece!

Google Search Bar & Search Term History – Are You Finding Everything?

Search history.  It is an excellent way to peer into someone’s mind and see what they are thinking at a particular moment in time.  In a court room, search history can be used to show intent (mens rea).  There are plenty of examples where search history has been used in court to establish a defendant’s … Continue reading Google Search Bar & Search Term History – Are You Finding Everything?

OK Computer…er…Google. Dissecting Google Assistant (Part Deux)

In part two of this article I will be looking at Google Assistant artifacts that are generated when using a device outside of the car (non-Android Auto). Since this post is a continuation of the first, I will dispense with the usual pleasantries, and jump right into things.  If you have not read Part 1 … Continue reading OK Computer…er…Google. Dissecting Google Assistant (Part Deux)