By Kurt Mackie
Nov 11, 2009
Someone spilled hot COFEE, otherwise known as Microsoft's Computer
Online Forensic Evidence Extractor.
The spill or leak was noted on Monday in reports from CrunchGear and Ars
Technica. COFEE is a computer forensics solution that Microsoft provides
for free to law enforcement agencies. It's really a collection of tools
packaged together on a thumb drive for easy use by police on the scene
of a crime or cybercrime.
Now, the software has somehow become expropriated, and it's found its
way onto bit torrent sites.
Essentially, COFEE is now openly distributed as pirated software. The
distribution was supposed to have been controlled through the National
White Collar Crime Center or INTERPOL.
Microsoft confirmed the leak on Tuesday, stating that it plans to
"mitigate unauthorized distribution of our technology beyond the means
for which it's been legally provided," according to a statement from
Richard Boscovich, senior attorney for Internet safety at Microsoft
Corp. He discouraged people from downloading pirated COFEE software -
not just because it's an unauthorized distribution, but because the
copies could have been modified.
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