A new development, based on gelcircuitry. The PBIC is a small computing system, that is easily attatched to the hip and carried in a holster. Taking advantage of multiple smaller gelspheres, it, when attatched to a computer, makes a binary copy of the entire core and downloads it into its memory, for later analysis by Mrrshan or Psilon techs. The process takes time, however, depending on what method the incursion uses. Stealth mode only makes a copy of a part when it is active, taking more time, but arousing less suspicion. Whereas an active scan will make a core dump in a matter of minutes, but will have a greater potential to alert the crew of the incursion.
Standard procedure is to access the computer core, and then to splice the PBIC in line with the other storage devices, directly sharing that portion of the data bus with the host computer. Then the device makes a passive scan of the computer's operating system, adapting to transmit the correct queries, etc. to gain access without arousing suspicion on the computer's part. Then it makes the queries, in active mode, gathering information quickly. While in stealth mode, the PBIC only watches for information that is accessed, and then stores that. Since the PBIC is part of the host computer, when using stealth mode, even encrypted files can be copied, although encryption still remains intact, unless the key has been implimented on the host computer.
Storage capacity of a PBIC differs from system to system, with a low density PBIC having a capacity of 480 Petabytes (that's 480,000 Terabytes,) and high density PBICs having around 960 Petabytes to 1.44 Exabytes, (that's over 1,440,000 terabytes) If the PBIC lacks the capacity to absorb an entire computer core on its own, then multiple PBICs can be linked. Work is currently being done on a prototype 12 Exabyte model, that would be able to carry even more data, thus rendering the massive computer cores of starships completely obsolete.