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Forensic Tools for Mobile Phone Subscriber Identity Modules



Wayne Jansen, Richard Ayers


Cell phones and other handheld devices incorporating cell phone capabilities (e.g., smart phones) are ubiquitous. Besides placing calls, cell phones allow users to perform other tasks such as text messaging and phonebook entry management. When cell phones and cellular devices are involved in a crime or other incident, forensic specialists require tools that allow the proper retrieval and speedy examination of data present on the device. For devices conforming to the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) standards, certain data such as dialed numbers, text messages, and phonebook entries are maintained on a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM). This paper gives a snapshot of the state of the art of forensic software tools for SIMs.
Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law


Cell Phone, Forensic Tool, Subscriber Identity Module


Jansen, W. and Ayers, R. (2006), Forensic Tools for Mobile Phone Subscriber Identity Modules, Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law, [online], (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created May 31, 2006, Updated March 1, 2024