Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pirates get a taste of Microsoft COFEE

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Microsoft's Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (COFEE) has made it into the hands of pirates, and their virtual ships are distributing it quickly for everyone to get a taste. The COFEE application uses common digital forensics tools to help law enforcement officials at the scene of a crime gather volatile evidence of live computer activity that would otherwise be lost in a traditional offline forensic analysis. In other words, it lets officers grab data from password-protected or encrypted sources. That means you can now break the law twice over: download the software and then use it to steal information from other people's computers. 

Chances are you won't have any use for the tool, but pirates get a thrill from having something they shouldn't, and a forensics tool only distributed to police departments around the world is pretty high up on the list of things you shouldn't have on your computer. The forensics tool is approximately 15MB in size and works best with Windows XP. Microsoft is working on a new version of COFEE for next year that fully supports Windows Vista and Windows 7. Here's the official description of COFEE:

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[link to original | source: Ars Technica - Law & Disorder | published: 1 day ago | shared via feedly]

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