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Tenth International Network Conference (INC 2014)
Title: Towards a Model for acquiring Digital Evidence using Mobile Devices
Author(s): Stacey Omeleze, Hein Venter
Keywords: Digital evidence, SHA-2, Cryptographic Hash Function, privacy, Online Neighbourhood Watch (ONW) Model, Mobile devices, Crime and Law
Abstract: In recent years, many criminal activities have gone unsolved due to lack of sufficient evidence to convict the perpetrators. However, with the evolution in mobile technology, mobile devices can now be used to provide such evidence. The advanced features of mobile devices such as photo, video and voice recording options have the ability to transform such devices into real-time potential digital forensic evidence-capturing devices. This paper therefore proposes a model that enables the use of mobile and portable devices to capture potential digital evidence and preserve the integrity of such evidence. This model, therefore, takes into consideration the privacy policies, laws and ethics that may apply due to the devices’ generated metadata, especially during a digital evidence presentation in a court of law or in civil proceedings.
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