Search for files by Content
Posted on 2004-11-09
I work for a University, and we have frequent problems with students downloading illegal music files. Then we a complaint from the DMCA, we slap the student on the wrist, and revoke their internet access until we can verify that all illegal content is removed from their machine. It's kind of hopeless, given the infinite ways to save their content before we come inspect their system, but hey, what can you do.
So here's my question:
I noticed that MP3 files begin with the two ASCII charactors ÿû (at least those that I've inspected) when viewed in Notepad. Is there a way to search all files on the system to see if any begin with those 2 ASCII charactors? The idea is to find ILLEGAL_SONG.MP3 that has been renamed to HARMLESS_PHOTO.JPG
Any raw ASCII/binary search utility that can do this for me.... or suggestions on some code I could compile (I imagine it would be a lot)?