Detecting Manipulated Smartphone Data on Android and iOS Devices

Pieterse, Olivier, and van Heerden


Citation information

H. Pieterse, M. S. Olivier, and R. van Heerden. “Detecting Manipulated Smartphone Data on Android and iOS Devices”. In: Information Security — 17th International Conference (ISSA 2018). Ed. by H. S. Venter et al. Vol. 973. Communications in Computer and Information Science. Springer, 2019, pp. 89–103


Ever improving technology allows smartphones to become an integral part of people’s lives. The reliance on and ubiquitous use of smartphones render these devices rich sources of data. This data becomes increasingly important when smartphones are linked to criminal or corporate investigations. To erase data and mislead digital forensic investigations, end-users can manipulate the data and change recorded events. This paper investigates the effects of manipulating smartphone data on both the Google Android and Apple iOS platforms. The deployed steps leads to the formulation of a generic process for smartphone data manipulation. To assist digital forensic professionals with the detection of such manipulated smartphone data, this paper introduces an evaluation framework for smartphone data. The framework uses key traces left behind as a result of the manipulation of smartphone data to construct techniques to detect the changed data. The outcome of this research study successfully demonstrates the manipulation of smartphone data and presents preliminary evidence that the suggested framework can assist with the detection of manipulated smartphone data.

Definitive version

The definitive version of the paper is available from the publisher.
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-11407-7_7

BibTeX reference

author={Heloise Pieterse and Martin S Olivier and van Heerden, Renier},
title={Detecting Manipulated Smartphone Data on {Android} and {iOS} Devices},
booktitle={Information Security --- 17th International Conference (ISSA 2018)},
editor={Hein S Venter and Marianne Loock and Marijke Coetzee and Mariki Eloff and Jan H P Eloff},
series={Communications in Computer and Information Science},
publisher={Springer} )

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