Google Earth Forensics

1st Edition

Using Google Earth Geo-Location in Digital Forensic Investigations

Print ISBN: 9780128002162
eBook ISBN: 9780128005040
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 11th December 2014
Page Count: 122
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Google Earth Forensics is the first book to explain how to use Google Earth in digital forensic investigations. This book teaches you how to leverage Google's free tool to craft compelling location-based evidence for use in investigations and in the courtroom. It shows how to extract location-based data that can be used to display evidence in compelling audiovisual manners that explain and inform the data in contextual, meaningful, and easy-to-understand ways.

As mobile computing devices become more and more prevalent and powerful, they are becoming more and more useful in the field of law enforcement investigations and forensics. Of all the widely used mobile applications, none have more potential for helping solve crimes than those with geo-location tools.

Written for investigators and forensic practitioners, Google Earth Forensics is written by an investigator and trainer with more than 13 years of experience in law enforcement who will show you how to use this valuable tool anywhere at the crime scene, in the lab, or in the courtroom.

Key Features

  • Learn how to extract location-based evidence using the Google Earth program or app on computers and mobile devices
  • Covers the basics of GPS systems, the usage of Google Earth, and helps sort through data imported from external evidence sources
  • Includes tips on presenting evidence in compelling, easy-to-understand formats


Digital forensic practitioners, legal professionals, criminal investigators, computer security & forensic students

Table of Contents

  • Biography
  • Chapter 1: Google Earth Basics
    • Abstract
    • What is google earth?
    • Google Earth for Forensics
    • Flavors of Google Earth
    • Installing Google Earth on Your Computer
  • Chapter 2: Using Google Earth
    • Abstract
    • Using Google Earth
    • The Google Earth UI
    • Navigation
    • Views
    • Tours
    • Configuration
  • Chapter 3: GPS, GIS, and Google Earth
    • Abstract
    • Understanding GPS
    • Understanding GIS
    • Geo-Location Information in Pictures
  • Chapter 4: KML/XML/HTML
    • Abstract
    • Markup Languages and Google Earth
    • Using HTML in Google Earth
    • What is KML?
    • XML
    • KML revisited
    • Learning more about markup languages
  • Chapter 5: Digital Forensics 101
    • Abstract
    • What is Digital Forensics?
    • Tools for Recovering Evidence
    • Do you really want to do this?
    • Organizing your case
    • Understanding what you are looking AT
  • Chapter 6: Working a Case
    • Abstract
    • The practical application of google earth forensics
    • Acquiring from a GPS Unit
    • Annotating a crime scene
    • Views and camera angles
    • Legends, logos, and banners
    • Creating a tour of the crime scene
    • Distributing your work in google earth
  • Index


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"...if you want to learn how to exploit Google Earth for criminal and other investigations, it's more than enough to get you started. The authors did a good job explaining the subject matter..." --Help Net Security

"In this small but perfectly formed volume...the authors have done a good job in showing how Google Earth can become an invaluable tool for forensic investigators." --Network Security