Almost everyone knows it ...
... the television show "America´s Most Wanted".
When international law enforcement agencies are making no headway, they seek the help from the public. GovServer-Project is based on this principle. The difference is, help (from the public) is needed in decrypting passwords from seized IT evidence, such as laptops, hard drives or USB sticks belonging to serious criminals.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of encrypted laptops, hard disks or USB sticks are conficated worldwide as part of search measures done by international law enforcement agencies. The decryption of high volume data are often very time consuming and critical evidence that would likely have led to a conviction of the accused person, being over-looked. Especially in the area of child pornography, computers and data carriers where data are very often strongly encrypted and poses difficulties for law enforcement agencies.
Foundation and aim of the GovServer-Project
Launched by Decrypta Technologies from Germany, the project aims to take chances of any successfully decrypted passwords to convict pedophiles, murderers and other serious criminals faster by getting the public involved.
The GovServer project uses the secure BOINC platform of the University of Berkeley (USA) as a foundation that can bundle and make available unused computing power from many thousands of computers over the Internet. Universities use this software to increase the efficiency of their work.