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Forensic Investigation of Google Assistant

Akinbi, A and Berry, T (2020) Forensic Investigation of Google Assistant. SN Computer Science, 1 (5). ISSN 2662-995X

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Google Nest devices have seen a rise in demand especially with Google’s huge advantage in search engine results and a complex ecosystem that consists of a range of companion devices and compatible mobile applications integrated and interacting with its virtual assistant, Google Assistant. This study undertakes the forensics extraction and analysis of client-centric and cloud-native data remnants left behind on Android smartphones by the Google Home and Google Assistant apps used to control a Google Nest device. We identified the main database and file system storage location central to the Google Assistant ecosystem. From our analysis, we show forensic artifacts of interest associated with user account information, the chronology and copies of past voice conversations exchanged, and record of deleted data. The findings from this study describe forensic artifacts that could assist forensic investigators and can facilitate a criminal investigation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Divisions: Computer Science & Mathematics
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2020 13:12
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 06:48
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/s42979-020-00285-x
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13504
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