Microsoft issues takedown for leaked COFEE software

By Justin
Nov 25, 2009
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  1. Microsoft faced a bit of embarrassment earlier this month when their COFEE forensics tool leaked onto the Web. The collection of programs and scripts is given to law enforcement to make PC forensics easy, and while it's composed of readily-available tools, it is still considered to be a proprietary package.

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  2. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    well microsoft has thrown there money at someone once again but it is there right since they lost there software.
  3. codefeenix

    codefeenix Newcomer, in training Posts: 40

    Wouldn't call this news.
    Issuing take down notices is many companies SOP
  4. Fada

    Fada Newcomer, in training Posts: 34

    Too late microsoft, i already got myself a copy! not that i am ever going to use it, kinda defeats the purpose of downloading it, but hey its free.
  5. lfg18

    lfg18 Newcomer, in training Posts: 86

    As always microsoft released something they shouldn't, just like with their windows 7, anyway I don't really imagine why would somebody want these programs, not me a least
  6. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Booster Posts: 656   +35

    "Microsoft faced a bit of embarrassment earlier this month" nah that happened already with vista ^_^ On a serious note tho, good job microsoft leaking such important tools to criminals, bravo!
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    lol :) I like the PDF in Coffee right at the end it states:
    Version 1.1.2 Fixed bug which would not allow drives with drive labels to be formatted or wiped.
    No its probably not meant for the standard User, but imagine the previous version where investigators would "wipe" someone's drive accidentally when trying to recover information. (actually it says "not", but anyway, still a concern for the standard non educated User)

    Anyway, big hype over nothing, all tools including hex checkers can be found on the Net, mind you, you need to know what hex string you are looking for, and having those updated lists ("Dictionaries" I think) have always been the hardest thing to get ;) But without them, then its very hard (nearly impossible) to search for suspect files.
  8. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 239   +11

    Does anyone else find it mighty convenient that they already have a new product ready for deployment in its place? That was mighty fast, MS. Got anything else that you'd like to share with us that you already have squared away?
  9. Puiu

    Puiu TechSpot Booster Posts: 991   +82

    They just want more attention towards that product. It's not like they care that it appeared on the internet (i suspect that one of their own did it), it was only a matter of time until it happened, but they are working on a new version and they need to give the police (or whoever is buying it) a reason to buy the new one.
  10. Styl

    Styl TechSpot Member Posts: 61

    Actually, Microsoft provides COFEE to law enforcement agencies for free. As for issuing a takedown demand, that will accomplish very little.
  11. Razerblade

    Razerblade Newcomer, in training Posts: 117

    I love the fact that Microsoft is threatening people when it was their fault the software got leaked! They should take responsibility for it and not pass the blame to anyone else!
  12. Nirkon

    Nirkon TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 243

    How does MS manage to leak the exact thing that SHOULDN'T be leaked... I mean
    come on, use more security and discretion.
  13. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 140

    Just a simple question ? So what ? :D
     
  14. yorro

    yorro TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 242

    Microsoft should handle their people carefully.
  15. JudaZ

    JudaZ TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 292

    its a pointless piece of kit anyway, ... so who cares you spilled your COFEE?
  16. Cyberman

    Cyberman Newcomer, in training

    I see any problem on having this software
  17. lupinnktp

    lupinnktp Newcomer, in training Posts: 44

    juz some noise Mic makes to keep itself on consumers' mind, be it good or bad? lol. i don't really thing this deserves much fuss/attention. the wares in COFEE ain't new to begin with. more like a collection with easy-of-use so average law inforcement (who ain't geeks) can use on-site.
  18. ColdPreacher

    ColdPreacher Newcomer, in training Posts: 65

    Something so sensitive as COFEE was leaked on to sites. Maybe the new version will as well.
  19. tengeta

    tengeta TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 632

    Wow, people, read some stuff before getting ridiculous. The COFEE crap does nothing you couldn't do normally, it just does it faster by typing commands for you. Its more or less for a police department that doesn't train their forensics in anything computer related (Which seriously, WTF).
  20. manintech

    manintech Newcomer, in training Posts: 46

    sounds like a useless software anyway
  21. vangrat

    vangrat Newcomer, in training Posts: 223

    Okay, so this "kit" just assists people in investigations. So no security risk there, essentially MS just want it taken down like any piece of their software packages. It is possible that this wasn't leaked by MS at all, perhaps a disgruntled govt employee somewhere decided to upload it or some such...
  22. Vicenarian

    Vicenarian TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 100   +9

    At least the COFFEE wasn't hot...
  23. JudaZ

    JudaZ TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 292

    Nope :) Seems like its mostly some old COFEE left in a pot all day long...now stone cold , usless and tastes stale.
  24. fref

    fref TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 153

    If all the tools are readily available on the web already, why go through all this trouble to take it down? Plus, it's only tools to help catch criminals, not help them. I just don't see where the problem is.
  25. swilllx2p

    swilllx2p Newcomer, in training Posts: 133

    I took quite a few computer forensics classes in school..and I find this funny because the COFEE tool suite is nothing special at all...There is certainly better products out there for forensics if you can pay for them, heck we got them free in our classes. And even funnier..as others said you can download tools that do the same thing as offered in COFEE anyways.
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