Computer crimes--Investigation, Internet of things
Computer Engineering | Computer Sciences | Electrical and Computer Engineering | Forensic Science and Technology | Information Security
The adoption of smart home Internet of Things (IoT) devices continues to grow. What if your devices can snitch on you and let us know where you are at any given point in time? In this work we examined the forensic artifacts produced by Nest devices, and in specific, we examined the logical backup structure of an iPhone used to control a Nest thermostat, Nest Indoor Camera and a Nest Outdoor Camera. We also integrated the Google Home Mini as another method of controlling the studied Smart Home devices. Our work is the primary account for the examination of Nest artifacts produced by an iPhone, and is also the first open source research to produce a usable forensics tool we name the Forensic Evidence Acquisition and Analysis System (FEAAS). FEAAS consolidates evidentiary data into a readable report that can infer user events (like entering or leaving a home) and what triggered an event (whether it was the Google Assistant through a voice command, or the use of an iPhone application). Our results are important for the advancement of digital forensics, as there are cases starting to emerge in which smart home IoT devices have already been used as culpatory evidence.
Dorai, Gokila; Houshmand, Shiva; and Baggili, Ibrahim, "I Know What You Did Last Summer: Your Smart Home Internet of Things and Your iPhone Forensically Ratting You Out" (2018). Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science Faculty Publications. 78.
Gokila Dorai, Shiva Houshmand, and Ibrahim Baggili. 2018. I Know What You Did Last Summer: Your Smart Home Internet of Things and Your iPhone Forensically Ratting You Out. In ARES 2018: International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, August 27–30, 2018, Hamburg, Germany, Gokila Dorai, Shiva Houshmand, and Ibrahim Baggili (Eds.). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 10 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3230833.3232814