Why You Want It

Forensic Email Collector is a powerful tool—it can forensically acquire emails from Exchange Servers, Office 365, Gmail, G Suite and virtually any IMAP server with many output options and detailed logs. It is also remarkably intuitive. You can get started in just a few minutes and preserve emails and document your efforts with a few clicks.

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Metaspike Forensic Email Collector

Forensic Email Collector

Powerful & Intuitive

Forensic Email Collector is a powerful tool—it can forensically acquire emails from Exchange Servers, Office 365, Gmail, G Suite and virtually any IMAP server with many output options and detailed logs. It is also remarkably intuitive. You can get started in just a few minutes and preserve emails and document your efforts with a few clicks.

This small Gmail collection takes place in under a minute—complete with logs, hashing, and simultaneous output in EML, MSG and PST formats. That’s faster than the time it takes to launch some software!


Flexible Connectivity

Forensic Email Collector can connect to most popular email servers and cloud email providers. You are not stuck with IMAP or POP for forensic email preservation.

Office 365 & Exchange via EWS

FEC can connect to Exchange servers—including Office 365—via Exchange Web Services. You can preserve emails faster and more accurately, and without having to configure the target Exchange server for IMAP access.

Gmail & G Suite via REST API

FEC authenticates with Gmail and G Suite using OAuth and forensically acquires mailboxes at eye-watering speeds via Gmail API. Say goodbye to downloading the same message multiple times because of overlapping labels.

IMAP

FEC connects to IMAP servers in a read-only manner and preserves email evidence without modifying the target mailbox. Outlook.com, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Zoho, iCloud and AOL Mail are just a few supported providers.


Mailbox Snapshots

As soon as you start an acquisition, Forensic Email Collector captures snapshots of each mail folder. The snapshots are used to keep track of which mail folders and messages have been downloaded.

If you run into a network error or if the server throws a fit—free email providers are notorious for throttling large scale downloads—FEC automatically retries remaining messages as many times as you want, calculating an optimal delay amount between each retry session.

Mailbox snapshots are persisted in a database. So, you can even stop the acquisition and resume it later by loading a past project.

Search Console

We all run into cases where collecting a mailbox as a whole is not an option—often due to privacy or timeframe concerns. On the other hand, eDiscovery and digital forensics workflows often involve a full collection, followed by post-acquisition searches.

Forensic Email Collector solves this problem in a creative way by allowing examiners to search mailboxes on the server side prior to the acquisition and download only the search results. No need to create labels, tag documents, or make any changes to the target mailbox.

Remote Authentication

Custodians are often apprehensive about giving their email passwords to a third-party for forensic preservation. Wouldn’t you be? Your Gmail password would let somebody access other Google services associated with your account such as Google Drive, Google Photos, and Google Hangouts.

When a custodian has two-factor authentication enabled, you would need access to information sent to a secondary device in addition to the password. Conference calls among examiners, custodians and their attorneys often ensue to coordinate the login.

Using FEC Remote Authenticator, custodians can authenticate FEC with their Gmail accounts from their own computer. They can clearly see what data FEC has access to, and can revoke that access once the acquisition is complete. No need to share any passwords.

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