I just published an article in Wired about the state of cell phone forensics — basically, it’s about what those CSI types do when they get a court order to seize your cell phone and suck evidence off of it. What I discovered shouldn’t surprise anyone who realizes that cell phones at this point are a lot like computers. It’s easy to fake evidence on them, including stuff you may not have even realized is on your phone: erased SMS messages and the location of the last cell phone tower your passed by. (Most of the time, cell evidence is used to place people at the scene of a crime, so the location of nearby cell towers is crucial.)
Want to find out how detectives get evidence from mobiles, as well as the flaws in that process? Read the article.