On 1st of July 2020 the European cooperative research project, EXFILES, has started.
While the ubiquity of the mobile phone in our society is largely beneficial, they can also be used for criminal activities. To make matters worse, the device manufacturers offer built in, robust encryption which can render data on a captured device virtually non existent. With no help coming from the manufacturer pool, it has become a matter of public security and interest to find ways to systematically crack encrypted mobile devices to gather evidence to prosecute criminals or even thwart future attempts at criminal activity such as terrorism, targeted attacks and extortion. Recognizing this need, the European Commission has recently kicked off funding for the EXFILES project.
EXFILES is a consortium of seven different agencies including law enforcement, universities and cybersecurity companies under the coordination of Technikon Austria.