Babar Iqbal publishes research paper on Digital Forensic Science, sets world record

Wed, Feb 8, 2012


Four time world record holder and our very own child prodigy Babar Iqbal has gone to put Pakistan on the genius map yet again through the publishing of his first research paper on Digital Forensic Science.

Digital Forensic Science, as the name suggests, is the use of scientific methods for procurement, identification, analysis and documentation of digital evidence from digital sources. The evidence then serves as a tool for reconstructing criminal activity.

He presented this paper in the IEEE International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology, where it was accepted from amongst submissions made by the scholars from the field of science.

With the accelerated pace of technology hitting all aspects of life, grim and progressive alike, so has the realm of crime been infiltrated too. It is only logical that crime detection utilize technological tools in their procedures.

The research paper discusses a unique method of Apple iDevice Forensics which requires less than 30 minutes to image iDevice. Additionally, it does not rely upon jailbreaking.

The application of this method is to be highly useful to law enforcement agencies, for it equips them to retrieve digital forensic evidence (for instance, user contacts, call logs, emails, messages, photos, videos, etc.).

The new method can also ultimately help in deciphering the geographical whereabouts of a device at a given point in time.

Iqbal is 14 years of age and a resident of Dera Ismail Khan. Previously set records of his were also pertinent to the field of computer science. At nine years of age he became the Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), as well as the Youngest Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA). In the following year he earned the title of Youngest Certified Web Professional Associate (CIWA). Just two years back he set the record of being the Youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS).

Great things are expected of him, and he is already well on his way to delivering.

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