Title: Forensic Authentication of WhatsApp Messenger Using the Information Retrieval Approach

Issue Number: Vol. 8, No. 3
Year of Publication: Sep - 2019
Page Numbers: 206-212
Authors: Nuril Anwar, Supriyanto
Journal Name: International Journal of Cyber-Security and Digital Forensics (IJCSDF)
- Hong Kong
DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.17781/P002609


The development of telecommunications has increased very rapidly since the internet-based instant messaging service has spread rapidly to Indonesia. WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging application compared to other instant messaging services, according to the statista website users of WhatsApp services in 2018 showed significant growth by gathering 1.5 billion monthly active users or monthly active users (MAU). That number increased 14 percent compared to MAU WhatsApp in July 2017 which amounted to 1.3 billion. Daily active users aka DAU are in the range of one billion. WhatsApp handles more than 60 billion message exchanges between users around the world. This growth is predicted to continue to increase, along with the wider internet penetration. Along with WhatsApp updates with various features embedded in this application including Web-based Whatsapp for computers, this feature makes it easier for users to share data and can be synchronized with their smartphone or user's computer. Besides the positive side found in the application, WhatsApp also provides a security gap for user privacy, one of which is tapping conversations involving both smartphone and computer devices. The handling of crimes involving digital devices needs to be emphasized so that they can help the judicial process of the effects they have caused Mobile Forensics Investigation also took part in suppressing the misuse of WhatsApp's instant messaging service features, including investigating the handling of cases of WhatsApp conversations through a series of standard steps according to digital forensics procedures. Exploration of evidence (digital evidence) WhatsApp conversations will be a reference to the crime of telecommunication tapping which will then be carried out forensic investigation report involving evidence of the smartphone and computer of the victim.