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Welcome to EXFILES

Encrypted mobile phones are often a key factor in criminal cases; the data stored in these devices may contain critical evidence. With most telephones protected by encryption, the rapid processing of critical evidence by various information retrieval techniques is slowed down, if not made impossible. EXFILES will use software exploitation, hardware methods and combined methods to give law enforcement officials the tools and protocols for rapid and consistent data extraction in strict legal contexts. Tools and methods inspired by other areas of information security (e.g. security assessments based on common criteria) will lead to new judicial methods of accessing data for lawful investigations. EXFILES will focus on the ethical and legal aspects of research and exploitation as well as dissemination and training activities for the next generation of forensic experts.


Technical Lead
Driss Aboulkassimi
CEA-LETI, Campus Minatec

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Project Coordinator
Klaus-Michael Koch

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Project Video


30 June, 2023

EXFILES H2020 – Impact Video

The main objective of EXFILES project was to improve Law Enforcement Agencies techniques and methods, to extract digital evidence from modern encrypted smartphones used by criminals based on a holistic approach (both software and hardware).
15 May, 2023

Roundtable on Privacy, Mobile Technology and Cybersecurity 17 May 2023

A discussion organised by the Department of Information Security and Department of Politics, International Relations, and Philosophy into the ethical and legal challenges around privacy, mobile technology and cybersecurity, and privacy With a panel including Prof. Peter Fussey, Dr Eliza...



27 - 28

EXFILES Workshop


Paris / Online
Internal project workshop with the partners from the consortium.


09 - 09

Cybersurveilance, investigation and electronic evidence: fundamental rights and decryption


Event organised by ULille partners and Master students. Explores various challenges of encryption in investigations, and for national security. Additionaly to the presentation from Ulille, another member of Exfiles comes as a panelist to talk about the project (ComCyberGend), alongside well identified persons in the field, as the deputy public prosecutor at the national anti-terrorist prosecutor's office


24 - 26

CPDP Conference 2023


The CPDP Conference is one of the biggest event on data protection in Europe, with more than 1500 attendees mainly from industry, academia, and policy makers. Ulille presented the project and legal issues around cooperation between LEAs and service providers at the Academic Session of CPDP Conference.

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