New Porn-Finding Tool SurfRecon Releases

LOS ANGELES — SurfRecon has released in beta its new SurfRecon Law Enforcement Edition rapid-image-analysis forensic tool.

SurfRecon LE allows law-enforcement agents and others to rapidly analyze, detect, review and report on any pornographic content that may exist on a suspect computer.

"We are very excited to finally offer the software to the law enforcement community," said Matthew Yarro, vice president of marketing for SurfRecon. "We think it is an invaluable tool. The application fits on a thumb drive, is very easy to use and works on almost any Windows, Linux or Apple computer."

According to SurfRecon, its mission is to develop “tools that minimize the harmful effects that repeated exposure to pornography can cause.”

SurfRecon LE is comprised of a cross-platform, Java-based software application along with an International Forensic Image Database (IFID) containing millions of known safe, sexual, pornographic and child-pornographic images that SurfRecon LE references.

"By leveraging the IFID, SurfRecon LE not only makes the 'haystack' smaller, but finds many of the 'needles' for you, leaving far fewer images that must be manually processed," Yarro said.

SurfRecon analyzes the content of a suspect computer, pre-categorizing images as "safe," "sexual" or "child pornography."

The application contains obfuscation tools to “minimize the impact of repeated exposure to pornographic and child-pornographic images …. to preserve the mental health of those individuals who must view these disturbing images and enhance their ability to quickly scan, review and identify illegal content.”

"No one wants to be the person that has to look at this garbage, but someone has to do it," Yarro said. "Hopefully by managing the impact, we protect individuals, their families, and the investment that an organization has made in them."

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