The U.S. Navy has awarded a research and development contract to a California-based firm to test and develop methods for data forensics of gaming consoles.
The firm will develop prototype rigs to capture data from video game systems that be used to create tools for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology office, the Navy said.
The $177,237.50 R&D award is for analysis of network traffic and stored data on gaming consoles, according to the FedBizOpps post.
The Navy said it selected Obscure Technologies based on its data mining capabilities to develop hardware and software tools, which can extract and compile data from disk images and flash memory.
The company will develop computer forensic tools capable of finding and accessing sensitive information stored in gaming console messaging services.
The company will then compile a research report detailing any issues it encountered when attempting to extract data from the consoles and associated networks.
The Navy said the firm should include methodology information, engineering decisions and explanation, what work need to be done and details of failed attempts.
The Defense Department and White House will begin to mine data as well and apply the information to autonomous systems, among other applications.