Computer forensics software vendor Belkasoft announced today that it has recovered the new QQ messenger history format. Tencent QQ is the most popular Instant Messenger globally with user base about 1 billion of people and is very widely used in China…Since QQ 2008, which history format was recovered quite quickly by Chinese individuals, two new versions of QQ were released, QQ 2009 and QQ 2010. Their history format was not broken until today what was very unpleasant problem for forensic investigations where new QQ was involved. With today’s release this problem is finally solved.
"This was not easy job," says Yuri Gubanov, owner and CEO at Belkasoft. "We spent about half year trying to understand their very cryptic history format. Thanks to our best security specialist Konstantin Stepanenko, responsible for this task, it was successfully completed. Our respect to Tencent developers who made their new messenger probably the most secure in the world."
QQ 2009/2010 history extraction is included into Professional edition of Belkasoft Forensic IM Analyzer product which is available on Belkasoft site at http://belkasoft.com. Besides QQ, this product supports more than 20 various instant messenger histories, including ICQ (all versions starting 97a to ICQ 7), Skype, Live Messenger/MSN, Yahoo! Messenger, Miranda, Trillian, MySpace IM etc.