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A framework for describing multimedia circulation in a smartphone ecosystem

Andriotis, Panagiotis; Tryfonas, Theo; Oikonomou, George; King, Irwin


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Dr Panos Andriotis
Senior Lecturer in Computer Forensics and Security

Theo Tryfonas

George Oikonomou

Irwin King


Gilbert Peterson

Sujeet Shenoi


© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2015. Contemporary mobile devices allow almost unrestricted sharing of multimedia and other types of files. However, because smartphones and tablets can easily access the Internet and exchange files wirelessly, they have also become useful tools for criminals who perform illegal activities such as sharing contraband and distributing illegal images. Thus, the need to investigate the source and destination of a multimedia file that resides in the internal memory of a smartphone is apparent. This chapter presents a framework for illustrating and visualizing the flow of digital images extracted from Android smartphones during a forensic investigation. The approach uses “big data” concepts to facilitate the processing of diverse (semi-structured) evidence from mobile devices and extends the idea of digital evidence bags. The data used for evaluation was obtained by running experiments that involved image exchange through channels such as Bluetooth, Internet and cloud services. The study presents information about the locations where evidence resides and uses graph databases to store metadata and to visualize the relationships that connect images with apps and events.


Andriotis, P., Tryfonas, T., Oikonomou, G., & King, I. (2015). A framework for describing multimedia circulation in a smartphone ecosystem. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, 462, 251-267.

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Print ISSN 1868-4238
Publisher Springer Verlag (Germany)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 462
Pages 251-267
Book Title Advances in Digital Forensics XI
ISBN 9783319241227
Keywords Android forensics, graph database, content, analysis, NoSQL
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