Hunchly bills itself as “Your Research Sidekick” but this light, fast browser plugin is a full featured investigation support tool for Google Chrome.
I obtained a Hunchly evaluation license and immediately put it to work on a missing persons case. Cupcake had not been seen in nearly two hours, and her nine year old owner was frantic. All I had to go on was the owner’s tearful description – a “cute kitten”. I entered the keywords as ‘selectors’ and began my search.
I found some things that looked promising as well as false positives, which I annotated using the system.
The owner had not mentioned Cupcake having any injury, but I felt this was worth preserving.
Cupcake? Check. Cute? Check. But that is the strangest looking kitten I have ever seen. I marked this as a false positive.
I found some other stuff that was vaguely interesting, but not our missing fur friend, so I made a note and moved on.
And then the world does what it does, and I was called on to capture everything about New Orleans shooter Gavin Eugene Long, which I also did with Hunchly. While digging on Long, I received notification that Cupcake had been located, sound asleep in her human’s sock drawer, so at least this case has a happy ending.
Hunchly does a fine job of corralling content from your web browser, so you can focus on following your instincts without worrying about proper recording of content during your pursuit. I have created a Linux virtual machine and integrated Cryptostorm’s VPN service, which includes Torstorm – transparent access to darknet sites via their inline handling of Tor onion sites.
The final product should be a sandbox that lets investigators seamlessly roam both the clearnet and the darknet, recording as they go, doing so using a tamper resistant system that protects both their location and their desktop OS.