HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ntrepid Corporation, a leading provider of cutting-edge managed attribution solutions, today announced that analysts using the company’s patented web-based timeline visualization solution, Timestream, have compiled a detailed case study of Russian GRU interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The timeline helps viewers better understand, organize, and uncover the events showing a clear pattern of misconduct, and also highlights many OPSEC lessons that can be learned from the case. Timestream is the first timeline analysis and presentation tool built for evidence collection during investigations. Timestream was created by a former FBI agent who experienced first-hand the challenges of organizing and analyzing massive amounts of data without a centralized, user friendly tool.
Using Timestream to analyze stories that are relevant to both the national security community and the public, Ntrepid creates high-profile case studies. These enable future users to gain first-hand knowledge of how they can use the application effectively. There are two distinct areas of the Russian GRU interference timeline that present impactful analysis to researchers. The first being that in the beginning of the timeline, you can clearly identify the spear phishing operation used to access the email account of John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman. It is also interesting for researchers to observe that online personas were used to disseminate stolen emails from the DNC, DCCC, as well as other data gained by illegal means.
Federal, state, and local law enforcement are charged with uncovering and telling the story of exactly what happened in a given case. However, the truth is often buried beneath a convoluted stack of folders or within boxes of surveillance photos, forensic files, and other evidence. With evidence existing in both digital and physical forms, it can be difficult to establish clear connections, and any collaboration is often chaotic and inefficient. With Timestream, users can visualize a case on a multi-layered timeline, enabling multiple storylines and exposing the stories hidden in the pile facts. The ability to instantly share the timeline or generate presentations directly from the data provides early access to the information, saving hundreds of hours and reducing the cost required to complete a case.
“Investigative research is extremely time consuming and stressful for analysts and law enforcement. Timestream’s unique ability to help these researchers find and communicate the truth offers a significant advantage for closing cases more efficiently,” said Teddy Lindsey, Chief Technology Officer, Ntrepid. “Timestream’s visualization and chronology capabilities simplify the complexity of underlying source material. Especially in a case like Russian election interference; every single piece of evidence counts, and we look forward to bringing more compelling stories to light through detailed case studies using Timestream.”
Many of the recent cyber-attacks and cyber-espionage cases would benefit from technologies like Timestream, which allows investigators and researchers to present different geographical, chronological, and textual perspectives through a map view, timeline view, or presentation view that are automatically accessible with the click of button. Visualizing this information from different angles allows users to organize the data with tags, layers, files and search tools. With Timestream, investigative teams can collect imagery, geospatial data, charts, files, and all types of evidence into one collaborative repository.
For more information about Timestream, and to view additional case studies demonstrating how it is simplifying the work of investigators, please visit timestream.ntrepidcorp.com.
Timestream was developed by former FBI agent and current Ntrepid CTO, Teddy Lindsay, who realized there were no technology solutions to help investigators identify and understand the facts of a case and allow them to tell the story. Since its inception, Timestream has been used by various law enforcement, law firms, and corporate legal departments, and has earned US Patent 9,646,394 B2. For more information about Timestream, please visit timestream.ntrepidcorp.com.
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