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Extract Forensic Information for LEAs from Encrypted SmartPhones

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 883156

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 July 2020

  • End date

    30 June 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.7.1.

H2020-EU.3.7.8.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 999 596,25

  • EU contribution

    € 6 999 596,25

Coordinated by:

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

Objective

"Technological advances and development of sophisticated functions in mobile devices led to new usages and dependencies. Mobile phones are often a key factor in criminal cases, intrusions, intellectual property theft, security threats, and more. The data stored in these devices may contain critical evidence associated with the above-mentioned crimes.
The latest generation of devices incorporate new security features and encryption schemes to ""protect"" the device and its associated user data. The other side of the coin is that the rapid processing of critical evidence by various information retrieval techniques is slowed down, if not made impossible. The mobile device forensics field is a challenging area for forensic analysts, particularly given the increasing number of data encryption mechanisms.
The EXFILES project aims to provide law enforcement agencies (LEAs) with new tools to extract data and associated evidence from these devices in strict legal contexts. A unique consortium of five LEAs, universities and cyber security companies from the EU have joined forces to address these challenges. Together, they defined three areas of work on technical data extraction techniques, namely software exploitation, hardware methods and combined methods. In addition, tools and methods inspired by other areas of information security (e.g. security assessments based on common criteria) will lead to new judicial methods of accessing data for lawful investigations. Another unique dimension of EXFILES is the clear focus on the ethical and legal aspects of research and exploitation as well as dissemination and training activities for the next generation of forensic experts.
The main objective of EXFILES project is to improve Law Enforcement Agencies techniques and methods, to extract digital evidence from modern encrypted smartphones used by criminals based on holistic approach (both software and hardware).
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Coordinator

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Address

Burgplatz 3a
9500 Villach

Austria

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 306 875

Participants (13)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 730 592,50

MINISTERE DE L'INTERIEUR

France

EU Contribution

€ 608 738,75

BUNDESKRIMINALAMT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 378 187,50

CENTRO NACIONAL DE INTELIGENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 254 500

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 407 946,25

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 802 250

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 414 021,25

RISCURE BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 383 587,50

TEXPLAINED

France

EU Contribution

€ 701 062,50

UNIVERSITE DE LILLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 202 772,50

CYBER INTELLIGENCE SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 693 250

POLITIDIREKTORATET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 552 687,50

SYNACKTIV

France

EU Contribution

€ 563 125

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 883156

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 July 2020

  • End date

    30 June 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.7.1.

H2020-EU.3.7.8.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 999 596,25

  • EU contribution

    € 6 999 596,25

Coordinated by:

TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria