July 26th, 2014

Wii Forensics

Here’s a random white-paper of the day for you. It’s a paper on the Forensic Investigation of the Nintendo Wii. I was both interested and amused to find some real forensics work on that has been done on the Wii. Compared to the XBox and the PS3, it doesn’t look like there is a whole lot of easily attainable forensics evidence on a Wii. According to the paper this is mostly due to the lack of an internal hard-drive, on-board memory, and a proprietary OS/File-system.

He talks about the built-in system logging (play statistics that are held in the mail system), internet browsing & shopping, Mail and wireless components and briefly touches on mod-chips as well. He gives a process for performing the analysis and walks through each step. One random non-tech thing that he mentions is a case where a man catches his wife cheating on him by finding and examining a Mii character on his Wii.

I found the article on the website for the Small Scale Digital Device Forensic Journal (SSDDFJ). It looks like they have a few different papers on forensics for consumer-electronic type devices.

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