Months ago, we put out the first forensic impacts on the Amazon Echo device and the new virtual assistant Alexa. Since that time, there have been a grouping of different cases that have happened where Alexa has been pivotal. With this shift, IoT evidence is coming to the forefront of what we are looking for in digital evidence. Paraben has been spending a lot of time over the last few years focusing its efforts on IoT data, starting from the support of DJI Drone data back in June 2016.
There are so many different Apps out that trying to stay on top of the trends is an impossible job. Many times, Paraben checks into Apps based on requests and demands associated with specific cases. That is true of the App TextNow. It came to our attention because of a case demand, so some digging needed to happen to see what was available from the App.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aka drones, continue to gain popularity with commercial and hobby operators domestically. Unfortunately, ISIS and other non-state actors are finding consumer UAVs to be extremely effective on the battlefield, malicious actors are using them domestically for surveillance and payload delivery, and civilians use them while violating long standing laws such as voyeurism and disturbing the peace.