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SEC Scrutiny Requires Production of WhatsApp Communications
Key Common Communications Quickly Revealed Amongst Matter Actors
As with any publicly traded company, any M&A activity is required to go through a certain level of scrutiny prior to obtaining approval. ESI Analyst was recently leveraged to identify relevant communications requested as part of this process. The data in question surrounded text and multimedia-based communications between executives leveraging the popular smartphone app called “WhatsApp”.
Smartphone Software Application Logs Reveal Fictitious User Activity
ESI Analyst Uncovers Automated User Profile Creation within App
If you want something done, the saying “There’s an app for that” isn’t far behind. One of ESI Analyst’s Channel Partners was approached with a unique problem. One of their clients had an issue where users of a commercial smartphone app were suspected of inundating it with fictitious profiles using some sort of automated smartphone emulation or “bot” technology. The database for the application was not readily available. However, there were a significant number of application logs that had recorded each end-user’s interaction with the application.
Geolocation Data Reveals Individual's Whereabouts
Travel Coincides with Relevant Matter Events, Providing Context to Predispositions
ESI Analyst's data investigation and analysis tools were called upon to understand the actions of an individual suspected to be involved with cyber-bullying using social media. The investigation began with the individual's smartphone, which was imaged to preserve and extract potentially relevant data and text-based communications. Analysis of the data extracted from the phone quickly revealed there was much more than just communications that solidified the suspected actions and motivations of this individual.
Rapid Identification of Relevant Text Messages Expedites Production
ESI Analyst's Actor Linking Technology Speeds Discovery
A civil litigation required the production of text messages from the litigant's iPhone. The iPhone was imaged and all forms of text-based communications were extracted, which included iMessage, SMS and MMS. The chat threads included images, video, as well as animated gifs that required expedited analysis to meet early production deadlines.
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