Microsoft’s COFEE forensic tool leaks onto the web

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

According to media reports, a tool developed by Microsoft to assist in computer crime investigations has leaked onto the web.

COFEE (Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor) is a system designed to collect digital evidence from suspect’s computers while they are running, without the investigating officer having to do much more than inserting a USB stick.

COFEE allows computer crime investigators to grab a dump of processes running on an active computer at the scene of an investigation. The ability to grab a perfect copy of data from a PC without interfering with a computer is attractive to the computer crime authorities – and it’s…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.