Conclusions and Results.
Over the last four months analyzing Waze has had its successes and failures. After the analysis ended I was successfully able to discover relevant artifacts such as direct messages, GPS coordinates, text messages, and user preference files. However, it was determined that the majority of relevant artifacts are located on a remote Waze server. This was discovered during the memory analysis. There were numerous http calls to a Waze server proxy protocol buffer and also generic function processes. Ultimately, my goal is for my complete paper to be publicly available soon to serve as an investigator's guide to Waze.
Forensic Relevance and Future Implications
Waze continues to add user’s everyday even recently surpassing 20 million users world-wide. With a growing number of users switching to applications that provide social media functionality, Waze will continue to gain popularity on the mobile application markets. Recently Waze also announced an update to their application that will only emphasize the importance of this research.
Waze announced that they have purchased a dating application known as single-spotter. Waze intends to allow users set up their profile in a way that allows them to view other singles within the area.
The user can then begin messaging singles in their area and even drive to them if that option is enabled. This in-app functionally will without doubt launch Waze’s popularity even more and further create more essential digital forensic artifacts.