Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar (Photo: Provided)
Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar (Photo: Provided)
WEST LAFAYETTE.— In 2017, cyber crimes reached a six-year high with more than 300,000 people in the United States having fallen victim to cyber attacks or digital fraud, while losses from said crimes topping $1.2 billion, according to FBI reports.

But Purdue University cyber security experts have created an all-in-one toolkit to help detectives solve crimes, according to a news release. Cyberdegrees.org recently ranked Purdue as the second best college in cyber security programs in the nation for 2019.

The team of experts developed its Toolkit for Selective Analysis & Reconstruction of Files (FileTSAR) by collaborating with law enforcement agencies from around the country, including the High Tech Crime Unit of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, housed in the Purdue Discovery Park. The project was funded by the National Institute of Justice, according to the release.

Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, an assistant professor of computer and information technology in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute who helped lead the research team, said they aimed to create a tool that addressed the challenges faced by digital forensic examiners when investigating cases involving large-scale computer networks.

“The current network forensic investigative tools have limited capabilities – they cannot communicate with each other and their cost can be immense,” Seigfried-Spellar said in the release. “This toolkit has everything criminal investigators will need to complete their work without having to rely on different network forensic tools.”

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