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FitForensics: A Tool to Acquire Data from FIT-Compatible Wearables via the USB Mass Storage Interface

Perry, Steven; Levick, Douglas; Mckeown, Sean


Steven Perry

Douglas Levick


Wearable and fitness tracking devices are commonplace, with global shipments forecast to continue rising in the future. These devices store a wealth of personal data that is useful to the forensic examiner. However, due to device fragmentation, acquiring and extracting data can be costly, time-consuming, and often result in processes that do not align with forensic principles. Fortunately, there is some movement towards standardisation, with Garmin's Flexible and Interoperable Data Transfer (FIT) Protocol being of particular interest as it applies to data-at-rest, which is preferable to accessing cloud-based resources in an investigation. We present a discussion of the FitForensics tool, which endeavours to be a single portal for an examiner to both acquire FIT files from a device image and to analyse them for forensically relevant information. Validation experiments demonstrate that the solution conforms with The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidelines while returning more artefacts than when the data is viewed in fitness tracking applications.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 13, 2023
Deposit Date Apr 14, 2023
Journal Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law
Print ISSN 1558-7215
Electronic ISSN 1558-7223
Publisher Association of Digital Forensics, Security and Law
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Wearable forensics; FIT; Garmin forensics; Smart device; IoT
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