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FBI unveils sniffer dog for the digital age

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#1 JohnC_21


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Posted 25 May 2016 - 12:34 PM

The FBI has unveiled a distinctly low-tech weapon in the war against cyber crime - an 18-month-old Labrador retriever named Iris.

The dog has been specially trained to sniff out hidden hard drives and other electronic storage devices that could contain damning digital evidence such as child pornography or terrorist connections.

Iris is the agency’s first electronic-detection K-9 and can uncover any device used to store memory, however hard a criminal tries to hide it.



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 12:57 PM

Wondered how long before they adapted sniffer dogs to this task. Not a stretch to adapt bomb dogs, to sniff for electronic smells. They have a unique signature. If the government wants it bad enough they won't stop trying to find ways to get it. Just ask Apple. :P

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 01:13 PM

I wonder if my miniature Poodle can apply.  She has one heck of a good nose not a rabbit in the park can hide from her.

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 01:20 PM

Cats. They should use cats.

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Posted 27 May 2016 - 11:27 PM

Hard-drives, USB sticks, CD/DVD discs,... have a smell? Ofcourse one wonders how the dog will be able to distinguish between memory storage devices and any other kind of electronics, or might it just end up finding anything electronic? I'm also starting to wonder whether a private company might start training dogs to sniff for electronics and hire them out for "we'll find your lost...".
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