Atola dev team continues to work at full speed, without regard to the inconvenience of remote cooperation or the uncertainty caused by the current events. And today we are excited to release TaskForce software update 2020.3 with segmented hashing!

If you have ever dealt with a damaged evidence device or seen your images get corrupt over time, you will appreciate the new segmented hashing functionality in Atola TaskForce.

Segmented hashing option in imaging settings

By selecting Segmented hashing method in the imaging settings, along with an image you get a CSV file with hash values for the individual segments of the evidence drive.

Atola TaskForce: Selecting hashing method

Post-hashing option will also produce a table with segmented hashes for the image, which allows you to prove in court that the image has not been tampered with, even if the device got damaged or degraded.

A table with segmented hashes: hash value, first LBA, last LBA

To verify segmented hashes, we recommend using an open-sourced tool created by Atola: seghash on GitHub

Full changelog

New Features

Imaging:

Segmented hashes – an alternative to linear hashing. It helps when dealing with damaged drives and provides greater resiliency against data corruption.

Bugfixes

  • TaskForce browser-cached data was not always refreshed after firmware update
  • Target files with long Chinese/Japanese names could not be created
  • Few minor issues when imaging into E01 files

Download

You can download the latest update here: TaskForce firmware

Where to buy

If you still do not have an Atola TaskForce and would like to place an order, this can be done directly via Atola Technology, or from a distributor near you:

https://atola.com/wheretobuy/

Please contact Atola Technology sales department to receive more specific information:

  • Call us: +1 888 540-2010, +1 416 833-3501  10am – 6pm ET
  • Or email us

P.S. Dear customers, we appreciate your feedback and take it into consideration when updating our products. Please feel free to write your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.

Yulia Samoteykina

Yulia Samoteykina

Director of Marketing Yulia believes that with a product that is exceptionally good at solving tasks of forensic experts, marketing is all about explaining its capabilities to the users. She loves hanging around engineers and participating in product design.