Child pornography offenses usually occur entirely on computers and through the Internet, slowing investigations down while technicians process large volumes of data. The FBI is now using a new set of 13 computer programs to help speed up these investigations to be able to bring more effective child pornography prosecutions.
The new software suite is the brainchild of one FBI agent from Salt Lake City. By harnessing a background in computer science, the agent conceptualized and developed software tools that can chop off 50 percent of the time needed to process hard drive data. The sophisticated software operates off of a plug-in jump drive and efficiently hunts down any potential evidence of unlawful content. And because the programs can also translate the data into a readable format, investigators can quickly make sense of it without extensive computer science training.
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