FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Backbone Security, the industry leader in advanced digital steganalysis tools, is pleased to announce the latest version of the Steganography Application Fingerprint Database (SAFDB), the world’s largest commercially available hash set exclusive to steganography applications. Developed in Backbone’s Steganography Analysis and Research Center (SARC), SAFDB Version 3.3 contains the fingerprints, or hash values, of every file artifact associated with 725 steganography applications.

SAFDB is widely used by U.S. and international law enforcement agencies; the intelligence community; and private sector computer forensic examiners to detect steganography applications on seized digital media. The existence of an application is a strong indication the application was used to conceal evidence of criminal activity.

SAFDB contains the hash values of all file artifacts associated with the 725 applications in the database computed with the CRC-32 and MD-5 hashing algorithms plus all five of the algorithms specified in the Secure Hash Standard, FIPS 180-2. The database also includes the artifact file name, file size, associated application name, in addition to other information about each file artifact and steganography application.

An MD5 extract of the database is available at no cost to qualifying U.S. and international law enforcement, government, and intelligence agency digital forensic examiners.

The extract is available in formats that can be imported into EnCase, FTK, Hashkeeper, ILook, and ProDiscover. For information on registering for access to the free MD5 extract of SAFDB V3.3, please visit

SAFDB is an integral part of the Steganography Analyzer Artifact Scanner, or StegAlyzerAS. In addition to being the most comprehensive steganography artifact detection tool currently available on the market, StegAlyzerAS also offers the unique capability to detect Windows registry artifacts which may make it possible to determine a particular steganography application was used even if the user uninstalled the application and deleted the associated files and folders.

About the SARC
The SARC is a Center of Excellence in steganography research and development within Backbone Security. Established to create and maintain a national repository of steganography applications, fingerprints, and signatures that can be consulted during the forensic examination of seized media, the SARC has created the world’s largest hash set exclusive to steganography applications. The SARC has become the industry leader in developing world-class forensic tools and techniques for detecting and extracting information hidden with steganography applications.

About Backbone Security

In addition to hosting the SARC, Backbone is a PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) Approved Scanning Vendor that conducts automated PCI DSS compliance assessments with their industry leading One-Stop Scanning Solution. Backbone also provides real-time intrusion monitoring, vulnerability assessment, and business continuity and disaster recovery planning services.

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