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Hard Drive Unlocking

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCHC090042
Agency Tracking Number: 0911122
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
727 Airport Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Chris Lomont
 (734) 668-2567
Business Contact
 Daniel Jarrell
Phone: (734) 668-2567
Research Institution

Recovering hard drive data is an integral part of computer forensics and has played a key part of many investigations. However this
capability is getting significantly harder as sophisticated encryption and data protection mechanisms become routinely employed. The trend of encrypting data is growing due to market pressures and legal requirements for privacy laws, especially in the financial and
medical industries. As a result of these market forces, it will become nearly impossible to gather data from hard drives, especially in the timely or covert manner required by many investigations. To aid in this arms race between secure data and law enforcement access needs, Cybernet proposes to create a tool that simplifies and automates accessing protected hard drives. Cybernet's
Automated Drive Unlocking Tool (CADUT) comprises a software component that stores a database of known hard drive weaknesses and automated methods to apply them, and combines this with a hardware component designed to detect and attack implementation weaknesses of an unknown drive model using high-speed cracking and protocol fuzzing methods. As newer drive locking technologies and models are released, the database and hardware will be augmented as needed to remain competitive.

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