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Case Study

UFED uncovers fake SMS App used by sexual assault suspect

When Mexican police received a report of sexual assault, they immediately summoned the man in question for interrogation. He cooperated and showed the investigators a text message (SMS) on his mobile phone, which – according to him – had been sent by his ex-fiance, the accuser.

The text read that she had threatened him, and would accuse him of sexual violence so that he would be arrested. At that moment, investigators faced a common situation of contradictory statements from the victim and suspect.

2 main challenges:

  • Use Cellebrite’s data extraction tools on 2 mobile devices to compare witness testimonies
  • Identify if the SMS messaging functionality had been tampered with