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Decrypting WhatsApp databases

Decrypting WhatsApp databases

by Igor Mikhaylov2018-02-09

WhatsApp has become one of the most important areas in the field of mobile forensics. Unfortunately, studies with smartphones are not so easy. Researchers may face various difficulties during the process.

This application is used by over 1300 million active users. Vulnerability in the mobile application WhatsApp allows you to get full access to the correspondence of the user to malefactors from third-party applications installed on the mobile device. WhatsApp stores data in SQLite database files like many applications for smartphones. However, for law enforcement investigators, there is a serious problem with recent security updates, WhatsApp databases are encrypted and can not be analyzed directly.

This article describes how we can decrypt the encrypted WhatsApp databases. And as you can get acquainted with the technologies and solutions that will be released and integrated into the SmartFhone Forensic System (SPF).


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