By Vivian Yeo
September 05, 2008
A police officer arrives at the scene of a murder, plugs a thumbdrive
into a computer that is still running, and executes some 150
evidence-gathering commands within 15 minutes. A scene from CSI? Not
The Hong Kong Police Force's technology crime division is one of many
law enforcement departments around the world involved in the testing of
Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (Cofee), a free tool from
Microsoft which can be loaded onto a portable device such as a USB
Cofee, a program that automates some 150 evidence-gathering commands for
computers, was released earlier this year in beta version. Available
only to law enforcement agencies, the tool was the brainchild of Anthony
Fung, Microsoft's senior regional manager for Internet safety and
anti-counterfeiting in the Asia-Pacific region.
Paul Jackson, chief inspector, computer forensics and training,
Technology Crime Division, Hong Kong Police Force, told ZDNet Asia
Thursday that Cofee is "one of many tools" the force uses to investigate
a variety of online crimes and to recover digital evidence.
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