The RCMP is looking to Canadian small businesses to create new decryption solutions using artificial intelligence (AI) and proposals are due by January 12, 2022.
The Mounties and other federal departments are challenging firms to create an AI-based decryption solution to make it easier to crack encrypted data seized during criminal investigations than its current tactics.
The force could pay up to $1 million to develop a working prototype to those who make the final round of applicants.
Desired Outcomes and Considerations
Proposed solutions must:
- Accept and process material of any size from common forensic file types. e.g. e01, ad1, dd, ex01.
- Generate subject-specific password word lists based on a user’s data activity, a user’s interests and passwords discovered on ingested forensic images.
- Process web history from common web browsers. e.g. Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari.
- Process common documents. e.g. MS Word, MS Excel, text files, Adobe.
- Export password derivatives in text format for use in decryption software.
Proposed solutions should:
- Identify common encrypted files from the device images. e.g. luks, bitlocker, truecrypt etc.
- Ingest known passwords into a database, and utilize said database to generate password derivatives.
- Provide a user-friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI).
- Initiate decryption jobs using generated password lists using common decryption software. e.g. Elcomsoft, Passware, Hashcat etc.
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