User relationship classification of facebook messenger mobile data using WEKA

Amber Umair, Priyadarsi Nanda, Xiangjian He, Kim Kwang Raymond Choo

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Mobile devices are a wealth of information about its user and their digital and physical activities (e.g. online browsing and physical location). Therefore, in any crime investigation artifacts obtained from a mobile device can be extremely crucial. However, the variety of mobile platforms, applications (apps) and the significant size of data compound existing challenges in forensic investigations. In this paper, we explore the potential of machine learning in mobile forensics, and specifically in the context of Facebook messenger artifact acquisition and analysis. Using Quick and Choo (2017)’s Digital Forensic Intelligence Analysis Cycle (DFIAC) as the guiding framework, we demonstrate how one can acquire Facebook messenger app artifacts from an Android device and an iOS device (the latter is, using existing forensic tools. Based on the acquired evidence, we create 199 data-instances to train WEKA classifiers (i.e. ZeroR, J48 and Random tree) with the aim of classifying the device owner’s contacts and determine their mutual relationship strength.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNetwork and System Security - 12th International Conference, NSS 2018, Proceedings
EditorsMan Ho Au, Xiapu Luo, Jin Li, Kamil Kluczniak, Siu Ming Yiu, Cong Wang, Aniello Castiglione
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030027438
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference on Network and System Security, NSS 2018 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 27 Aug 201829 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11058 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference12th International Conference on Network and System Security, NSS 2018
CityHong Kong


  • Mobile forensics
  • Social network information forensics
  • Weka

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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