Feeds

Police turn to extreme-sport mobe sucking

Like getting water out of a phone

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

Mobile forensics company CY4OR is offering police silica-lined bags, into which they can drop waterlogged phones in the hope of extracting the water, and therefore some useful data too.

The bags have been knocking around for a year or so, under the Bheestie brand and sold to those who think they might drop their phone in the drink while surfing, skiing or doing those other eXtreme sports that are so popular these days. The problem is that no-one ever thinks that's going to happen, and by they time they find out how wrong they were it's too late. But CY4OR, who spends its time analysing phones for the law enforcement community, reckons drying out is just what handsets need.

Silica-lined bag

Mobile phones are a vital part of police investigations these days - the second thing a copper checks a body for (after a wallet). The phone will tell the police where it's been, who it's spoken to and in many cases what was said too, once you start to explore the cache created by social networking and mapping apps you can plot out much of an individual's life, assuming you can lift the data out of the handset.

Equally important - the handset will give up all that information without having to muck about with the Single Point of Contact, who will need appropriate authorisation to make contact with the network operator and find out what it knows about the phone's history.

It was never true that a smiling master criminal could drop his phone in a glass of water making it impossible to read, but it does make it more expensive to retrieve that data. So the $20 baggy could save a lot of money, or (more likely) enable easy retrieval of data that would otherwise be discounted as too expensive to bother with. ®

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
They can take our lives, but they'll never take our SPECTRUM
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins
We don't need no steenkin' TCP/IP retransmission and the congestion it causes
NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout
Commercial trial locations to go live in September
Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?
Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
What FTC lawsuit? T-Mobile US touts 10GB, $100 family-of-4 plan
Folks 'could use that money for more important things' says CEO Legere
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.