NIST software helps feds sort confiscated files

NIST software helps feds sort confiscated files

The National Institute of Standards and Technology will bring out the National Software Reference Library next month for federal law enforcement agencies.

The software can capture in seconds up to 100,000 files so investigators do not have to open every single file on a particular disk when examining digital evidence.

'Sometimes the crime isn't a computer crime, but the records are in the computer,' said Barbara Guttman, a researcher in NIST's Information Technology Laboratory. 'If you're running your illegal gambling operations, you might store your books on the computer, and law enforcement wants to find those files.'

The software gives investigators a snapshot view of the files and categorizes them based on relevant factors.

The FBI and Defense and Treasury departments already have signed up for $90 per year subscriptions.

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