Monthly Archives: March 2019

Did you know Amped FIVE lets you work with hindsight?

Hello Amped friends, welcome to this week’s Tip Tuesday! Today we’ll focus on a feature that is intrinsically part of Amped FIVE since always but is often overlooked by users. I’m talking about the possibility of changing parameters of a filter that lays at the beginning of a long chain while watching the effect on the final output. The “while” in the previous sentence is not incidental… it can save you lots of time and help you reach much better results! Let’s see what this is about.

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Is your image embedded in a PDF file? No worries, Amped Authenticate can handle that!

Welcome to this week’s Tip Tuesday! Today we are showing you an interesting, perhaps a bit hidden, functionality of Amped Authenticate. There is no need to introduce the PDF file format: it is surely the most widespread format for sharing digital documents. Therefore, it may easily happen that you have to deal with a PDF containing images and that some of them get questioned.

What would you do in such a case (after realizing that if you drag-and-drop the PDF into Amped Authenticate, nothing happens, because it’s not an image file)? Would you take a screen capture of the picture and work with that? “Nooo!” – I hope you said! Screenshots are evil for image forensics! Ok, you would get some pixels to work with, but you would lose all metadata, you would lose encoding properties, you could be recompressing data… That means you cannot check image integrity, and finding manipulations becomes much harder. No, there’s a better way of dealing with images embedded in PDFs, and we’ll show you how!

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See you at the Digital Investigations Conference in Vienna

On March 20, the Amped team is heading to Vienna, Austria for the DIC (Digital Investigations Conference).

The conference is a platform for computer forensics experts and vendors, partners and sponsors working in the areas of Digital Investigations and E-Discovery. It offers independent lectures and workshops to develop technical skills and to learn more about software and hardware solutions in the market. The event will focus on law enforcement, government and military, businesses, law firms, consultants and academic organizations.

Come by our booth to learn about Amped Software’s full line of solutions that have been developed to assist an entire organization with all investigations, starting from the field, up to the forensic lab, and then to the courtroom.

And don’t miss our presentation scheduled from 11:45-12:30 in Lecture Hall 50 where you will learn more about Amped Software’s Ecosystem for Forensic Image and Video Analysis.

For more info about the event click here.

See you there!

VeriFIVE your files (aka “How to hash-check files in your Amped FIVE project”)

As you smart forensic analysts have undoubtedly noticed, last week there was no Tip Tuesday. Did we forget? Well, not really… We just realized that no Tip could stand the bright light shone by last Tuesday’s great announcement: the launch of Amped Replay, Amped Software’s newest solution for investigators and frontline officers! If you happened to miss that news read more about it here!

After that, you can enjoy this week’s Tip Tuesday!

If you are working in the digital forensic field, you are certainly aware of the importance of data integrity. Ensuring data integrity means to verify that the information you are working on remains unaltered during the whole process (including transmission and storage of data).

Unfortunately, when it comes to digital images and videos, integrity is more threatened than with other types of files. For example, if you rotate an image using your OS default photo viewer and then close it, the file will likely be overwritten without any advice. While in many cases the changes made to pixels may be “negligible”, the file will still change… which means its hash value will be different. And we know this could invalidate your whole analysis (in the end, another analyst cannot know why the hash is different, it’s just different).

At Amped, we take data integrity very seriously. Our software never overwrites nor moves the evidence file you are working with. But there’s more:
Amped FIVE provides you with a seamless way of checking data integrity straight inside your project. And this Tuesday’s Tip tells you how!

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Amped Replay: The Enhanced Video Player for Modern Policing

Today we have launched Amped Replay, our enhanced video player for modern policing.

You can find all the usual details in the press release and more info on the product webpages. What I want to add here, though, is some background information about the why and how of this new product.

I believe Amped Replay may be the most important product launch since the initial Amped FIVE release in 2008. Maybe even more than that, since it widens our scope as a company. Continue reading

See you at Forensics Europe Expo in London – where great things are going to happen!

From Tuesday, March 5th – Wednesday, March 6th Amped will be at Forensics Europe Expo in Olympia, London.

Forensics Europe Expo is dedicated to forensic science and is a primary meeting place for thousands of senior buyers looking to source the latest technological innovations on the market.

Following 6 successful years, the 7th edition will – for the first time – take place on the same show floor as Security & Counter Terror Expo at Olympia, London. As part of UK Security Week, Forensics Europe Expo will connect together the industry’s entire supply chain and provide an all-in-one platform to engage with the most senior decision makers and procurement specialists. 

Attracting 1,500+ international forensics professionals from the Government, Law Enforcement, Laboratories, Private Sector, Military, Legal Sector, Universities and Intelligence Sector, Forensics Europe Expo 2019 will continue to be the most important forum of discussion and debate for the global forensics community.

If you are at the event, or in the area, don’t forget to stop by the Amped Software Stand FE227 to see what we’ve been developing for the security and forensics community!

I look forward to meeting you there!