Belkasoft and BlueBear integrate the capability to seamlessly pass files between their corresponding digital forensic products, Belkasoft Evidence Center (BEC) and LACE. The integration enables forensic experts to perform automated search for illicit images and videos containing child abuse material.
By using the joint solution, customers will enjoy the power of the two tools, extracting all possible pictures and videos from even hidden or tricky places from one hand, and running sophisticated analysis on big data sets from the other hand. Former is provided by Belkasoft while latter is secured by BlueBear.
“Belkasoft customers will benefit tremendously from this integration, – says Yuri Gubanov, Belkasoft CEO and Founder. – Media files analysis nowadays is more important than ever, and BlueBear does a great job processing images and videos so incredibly fast. We’ve got the first praise for LACE integration on the day of the announcement!”
“With the speed of broadband consumer internet access increasing each year and the cost of data storage going down, we are now seeing regularly CAM cases of more than 2million pictures and tens of thousands of videos, – declared Antoine Normand, CEO of Bluebear. – Law Enforcement Agencies need to handle immense volumes of media files in an efficient manner and that is what the integration between Belkasoft Evidence Center and LACE is all about.”
Searching Digital Media for Child Abuse Material
Starting with version 8.1, Belkasoft Evidence Center can export pictures and video files into the LACE native lia” format. LACE will then processes the files to identify illicit imagery. LACE analyses the contents of the case by matching the files to the local database and extracting and matching faces to help identify known victims. Specialized international hashsets such as CAID, ProjectVic, and Interpol/ICSE are fully compatible can be directly included in the local database. Any media files discovered by Belkasoft can be analyzed including pictures carved from slack or unallocated space, images from volume shadow copy snapshots or carved from the computer’s RAM. This also includes thumbnails, email attachments and pictures embedded into documents. All these files can be discovered on hard drives or drive images in multiple forensic formats, virtual machines or mobile device backups or dumps.
About Belkasoft Evidence Center
Belkasoft Evidence Center is a world-renowned tool used by thousands of customers for conducting computer and mobile forensic investigations. Belkasoft Evidence Center can automatically acquire, extract and analyze evidence from a wide range of sources including computer hard drives and disk images in all popular formats, memory dumps, mobile backups, chip-off and JTAG dumps. The tool can capture and analyze volatile evidence stored in the computer’s RAM, identify encrypted files, carve Internet chat logs, Web browsing history and email communications including information stored in digital pictures and videos. The ability to process office documents in a wide range of formats enables investigators to perform near-instant full-text search among all the documents discovered on the suspect’s PC.
Low-level access to hard disk and system structures means that even data that has been deleted by the suspect cannot escape from investigators. Supporting Windows, Unix/Linux, Android and Mac OS X file systems, natively mounting images created in EnCase, FTK, X-Ways, DD and SMART formats, UFED and chip-off binary dumps, and many popular virtual machines without using these or any third-party tools, Belkasoft Evidence Center can collect more evidence than any single competing tool in its class.
About BlueBear LACE
BlueBear LACE is best-in-class software solution for processing, categorizing and managing massive volumes of visual media. LACE is no frills, rock solid, doesn’t crash, requires no dongles and will process a million images in less than 2 hours on common Windows i7 hardware.
LACE enables investigators to efficiently categorize vast amounts of image and video data from confiscated computers, dramatically reducing (typical ~90% case reduction) the time and resources required to bring a case to court. Using advanced biometric analysis, faces found in images are automatically extracted and compiled to create lists of victims and suspects or matched against existing facial databases.
LACE comes in a client-server configuration that allows multiple investigators and analysts to work simultaneously from their own desk on their own cases. A unique Case Allocation capability allows multiple investigators to all work on the same case at the same time – especially useful for very large cases under time constraints.
Founded in 2002, Belkasoft is a global leader in digital forensics technology, known for their sound and comprehensive forensic tools. With a team of professionals in digital forensics, data recovery and reverse engineering, Belkasoft focuses on creating technologically advanced yet easy-to-use products for investigators and forensic experts to make their work easier, faster, and more effective.
With this focus in mind, Belkasoft introduces their flagship product, Belkasoft Evidence Center – an easy-to-use, integrated solution for collecting and analyzing digital evidence from mobile and computer devices. Customers in law enforcement, police, military, business, intelligence agencies, and forensic laboratories in 70+ countries worldwide use Belkasoft Evidence Center to fight homicide, crimes against children, drug trafficking, data leakage, fraud, and other online and offline crimes.
More information about the company and its products at https://belkasoft.com