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Reaction to AU spies' forensic tool mixed

Reaction to the release of open source forensics software by the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) has been mixed, after the public has had a chance to tinker with it. Forensic specialist Adam Daniel, who works for Forensic Data Services, says he’s all for the release of the software. It was engineered by the spy agency and released under the General Public License, or GPL, at the AusCERT security conference earlier this year. “I reckon it’s great. It’s a good initiative from them,” he told ZDNet Australia . “It shows that they’re getting right behind the whole open source thing”. Named FLAG, or Forensic and Log Analysis GUI (graphical user interface), the software aims to combine network traffic analysis with disk forensics tools. However after some analysis, the tool was subjected to some criticism by Grant Bayley, the maintainer of the Wiretapped security software archive. Full Story

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