As covered by Seattle Times technology reporter Benjamin J. Romano in his coverage of Law Enforcement Technology 2008 conference Monday at Microsoft, Brad Smith outlined the COFEE, a small USB key fob that can be used by crime investigators. (Holy CSI, Batman.)

Microsoft COFEE"The COFEE, which stands for Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor, is a USB "thumb drive" that was quietly distributed to a handful of law-enforcement agencies last June. Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith described its use to the 350 law-enforcement experts attending a company conference Monday.

"The device contains 150 commands that can dramatically cut the time it takes to gather digital evidence, which is becoming more important in real-world crime, as well as cybercrime. It can decrypt passwords and analyze a computer's Internet activity, as well as data stored in the computer."

A look at the device is available on King 5's news video on demand site, link above.

Also of interest on PressPass, a brief interview with Tim Cranton, Associate General Counsel for Microsoft.  He "discusses the role of the Internet Safety Enforcement Team as part of Microsoft’s larger security strategy and calls on global public-private partnerships to help prevent online crime at the Law Enforcement Technology 2008 conference."

Also see this transcript of Brad Smith's speech at the Conference.