Magnet AXIOM 3.4 Offers New Officer Wellness Features and Mac Updates

With the latest release of Magnet AXIOM, we’ve brought a host of new features that will help reduce the stress on examiners exposed to disturbing materials—particularly CSEM.

Customers can get Magnet AXIOM 3.4 within AXIOM or as a download over at the Customer Portal to utilize these new Officer Wellness features as well as a number of new updates that are making Mac investigations faster and more robust.Officer Wellness for ICAC Investigations

A message from Magnet Forensics Founder & CTO, Jad Saliba regarding Officer Wellness.

The effects of chronic exposure to CSEM or IIOC (illicit images of children) can be immense for those who are performing ICAC investigations—including depression, feelings of worthlessness and thoughts of death/suicide.

With this in mind, we’ve included new features in AXIOM that can reduce overexposure to CSEM with the goal to promote improve officer wellness.These features are configurable and optional, allowing examiners to work the way that they want:

– Blur or block media thumbnails

– Mute audio on videos

– Set timer reminders to take breaks or alerts to stop grading

– View grading progress and set goals for amount of media graded

Trey Amick, Forensic Consultant, walks through some of those features and how they can be beneficial to those who are performing ICAC investigations.

It has become commonplace for forces to include SOPs for officer wellness, specifically for those officers supporting ICAC investigations who are directly exposed to illicit material, particularly during grading. Encouraging officer wellness directly within AXIOM simplifies the implementation of SOPs and reduces burden on ICAC investigators .

To learn more about how we’re addressing the challenges of ICAC investigations, sign up for our webinar on August 1. If you can’t make it to the live presentation, register anyway and we’ll send along a link to the recording afterwards.

Continued Mac Support

Our support of macOS and APFS continues to develop since the release of AXIOM 3.0—we’re excited to share that we’ve significantly reduced the time it takes to scan Mac images. We’ve seen up to 4 times improvements in speed—in one example, a scan that once took 4 ½ hours now takes just 52 minutes!

Display Spotlight Metadata from macOS

Files on macOS can contain a number of additional attributes associate with each file on the file system—typically referred to as extended attributes. AXIOM 3.4 surfaces this metadata in a new card in the details pane, providing a view of common attributes of interest in the Artifact Explorer, and a full listing of attributes in the File System explorer.

Carve Unallocated Space for Artifacts on APFS

Following on our support for carving the macOS free queue for artifacts in AXIOM 3.2, AXIOM 3.4 now adds support for carving unallocated space on APFS. This is typically limited to files that have been deleted and their associated blocks released back to the filesystem since the last password change.

Enhanced Snapchat Support for iOS and Android

We’ve brought enhanced support to Snapchat, one of the world’s most popular apps. On the Android version, you can now recover chat messages, contact, groups, account information, as well as media from Snapchat Memories including the ‘My Eyes Only’ feature of the product. On iOS, you can recover information from SnapChat MyStory, along with support for saved messages .

MTK Backup Acquisition and Processing

MediaTek (MTK)-based devices offer users the ability to backup user data to a SD card, even on locked devices. AXIOM now supports acquiring and processing these backups and includes a guided workflow that will walk examiners through the process of generating the backup on the device and processing the data within AXIOM.

Examiners with a locked cell phone with a MediaTek chipset can attempt to use this method to gain access to the device information, without requiring the device passcode.

New Artifacts

– Passwords and Tokens

– Apple Health (iOS)

– Waze (iOS)

– PowerLog — Battery Usage (iOS)

– PowerLog — Timezone (iOS)

– Baidu (Android)

Updated Artifacts

– Recover EXIF From Videos

– Snapchat (iOS/Android)

– Line (iOS/Android)

– Viber (Android)

– Instagram (Android)

– Twitter (Android)

– WhatsApp (Android)

– Telegram (iOS)

– UserAssist (Windows)

Get Magnet AXIOM 3.4 Today!

If you’re already using AXIOM, download AXIOM 3.4 over at the Customer Portal. If you want to see how AXIOM 3.4 can help you find the evidence that matters, request a free 30-day trial today!

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