Getting evidence from confiscated media devices has always been a challenge. Not only because of the difficulty in locating all the right data, but also because of the manual labor of exporting and importing the data once it’s found. To solve this, we’ve integrated best-in-class carving technology into the Griffeye Analyze platform.
The first challenge when extracting data from a confiscated device is locating the data. For investigators, no matter the case, it is crucial to get hold of the right data in order to find critical clues and evidence. The problem is that data containing clues are often times hidden in different ways or removed to prevent it from being found, which can result in clues being missed and cases going unsolved.
The other challenge is time. As the size and number of digital media devices have grown, so has the average size of cases. And, as a result, the amount of time spent to export and import all the data. Forensic examiners and investigators often use one tool to extract data and another tool to import it to be analyzed, which results in ineffective workflows and longer turnaround times.
To provide a solution to these challenges, we’ve teamed up with BlueBear and their well-known LACE Carver.
With the LACE Carver integrated into the Griffeye Analyze platform, users will be able to handle the whole investigation chain – from tracing all the data on the device as thoroughly and deeply as possible to processing and analyzing the data to find all the clues, identify relationships, and eventually crack the case. The data is automatically extracted from the device and imported directly into the Griffeye Analyze platform as part of the same process.
“For our combined users, this means that they will get a very powerful extraction tool as part of the tool that they are already using. Integrating the LACE Carver into the Griffeye Analyze platform and marketplace is a huge step towards making sure investigators have everything they need to do their job."
– Antoine Normand, CEO, BlueBear
Carving tools are used to locate and extract data. The LACE Carver scans for both file extensions and file types to locate images and videos as effectively as possible, and it can handle numerous digital media devices, forensic image formats, and ever-changing file types. It has the capacity to scan through formatted drives and locate data from both allocated and unallocated space where the data has been partially overwritten. The carver can also find images and videos embedded in other file types, such as documents or emails, as well as find data that has been password-protected or marked for deletion but is still intact.
All this together helps investigators work more effectively and, at the same time, get hold of data that would otherwise be hard – or near impossible – to find. Getting hold of the right data means obtaining critical clues and evidence that will result in more cases being solved.
“The result of this partnership is really the goal of everything we do, to provide the best solution there is for investigators to do their job more effectively, leading to reduced workload for investigator and cases being solved quicker.”
– Johann Hofmann, CEO, Griffeye