The Forensic Scooter

The Forensic Scooter

This blog was started by Scott Koenig as a place to post and manage some of his digital forensic research.

This is a personal blog. Any views or opinions represented in this blog are personal and belong solely to the blog owner and do not represent those of people, institutions, or organizations that the owner may or may not be associated with in professional or personal capacity, unless explicitly stated.

Additional resources can be found on his GitHub.

Latest from the Blog

Do you have a Full-Sized Asset…or just a Thumbnail? Did Optimized iPhone Storage process occur?

Hello everyone! During previous research, I’ve mentioned a few times that my test devices were using the Apple Photos application setting Optimize iPhone Storage in lieu of Download and Keep Originals setting. I’ve used this setting in the past because most devices I’ve encountered are using this setting. I’ve always had a curiosity about theContinue reading “Do you have a Full-Sized Asset…or just a Thumbnail? Did Optimized iPhone Storage process occur?”

Part B Filling a device internal storage for Optimize iPhone Storage Research

Part B Filling a device internal storage for Optimize iPhone Storage testing If you are reading this portion of the write-up about iCloud Photos and Optimize iPhone Storage, congratulations you have fell headfirst into the rabbit hole!! This is a good thing! More than likely, you’re asking yourself questions like why in the heck didContinue reading “Part B Filling a device internal storage for Optimize iPhone Storage Research”

Shared with You Syndication Photo Library – Message Attachments & Linked Assets

The Shared with You is a new feature that has been discussed within Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) videos and other developer videos. Generally, the comments made indicate that within iOS and other Apple Operating Systems this feature will allow a user to easily view and interact with links that have been shared by otherContinue reading “Shared with You Syndication Photo Library – Message Attachments & Linked Assets”

How to find iOS Hidden Assets

Hello again! There has been a lot of discussion and curiosity about the recent news that iOS 16 will have an enhanced Hidden assets feature. According to the press releases, this feature will allow a user to lock hidden assets behind the device Passcode, Touch ID, and/or Face ID. The question I believe most ofContinue reading “How to find iOS Hidden Assets”

Local Photo Library Photos.sqlite Query Documentation & Notable Artifacts

As many of you are aware, I recently updated my Photos.sqlite queries. Since releasing the different query iterations, I have received several questions about how I was able to decode the data included in the queries. That’s a great question! I also noticed several questions being posted to the listservs and DFIR Discord about theContinue reading “Local Photo Library Photos.sqlite Query Documentation & Notable Artifacts”

Local Photo Library Photos.sqlite Query Variations & WHERE statements

I would like to start off by saying thank you to everyone who has reached out about the Photos.sqlite queries I previously posted. After chatting with some people who have used the queries, it was suggested that I update the queries to include the following: To do this, I used data from multiple devices andContinue reading “Local Photo Library Photos.sqlite Query Variations & WHERE statements”

Photos.sqlite Queries – Original Blog Posting

Hello everyone! Back in August 2020, I wrote a blog “Using Photos.Sqlite to show the relationships between photos and the application they were created with?” which was posted on Heather Mahaliks’ blog, https://smarterforensics.com/. The writeup was eventually sent to DFIR Review (https://dfir.pubpub.org/pub/v19rksyf/release/1) and published on their website. This is a follow-up to the aforementioned blogContinue reading “Photos.sqlite Queries – Original Blog Posting”

iPhone Device Speeds via Cache.sqlite > ZRTCLLOCATIONMO table

Have you ever wanted to know how fast a vehicle or person was traveling at a particular time? Have you considered acquiring iPhone data to answer that question? The material in this blog will help provide some tools and methods for answering these questions. We know from previously published research that Apples iOS location dataContinue reading “iPhone Device Speeds via Cache.sqlite > ZRTCLLOCATIONMO table”

iOS Settings Display Auto-Lock & Require Passcode

Forensic Question: A classmate of mine contacted me and posed a question, “Where in an iPhone extraction is the Display Auto-Lock setting stored?” Thanks, Tyler Wuestenhagen, for posing the question and getting me thinking. I did a little research, like reviewing the SANS FOR585 poster and class notes, but could not find the easy answer.Continue reading “iOS Settings Display Auto-Lock & Require Passcode”

Introduction

Hello Everyone, My name is Scott Koenig. I have been working in law enforcement for more than 15 years. In 2016, I decided it would be a good idea to become a digital forensic examiner. Since that time, I have attended several hours of training and earned several levels of certifications, but nothing has taughtContinue reading “Introduction”

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