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Police Train Dog To Find Hard Drives, Thumb Drives and Other Tech Devices
legitreviews.com ^ | Tue, Jul 08, 2014 - 7:14 AM | Nathan Kirsch

Posted on 07/11/2014 12:38:01 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Rhode Island has become the second state in the nation to have a police dog trained to sniff out hard drives, thumb drives and other technological gadgets. Why? Police are looking for storage devices that could contain child pornography. The dog, Thoreau, already appears to be up for the task as he assisted in his first search warrant search in June 2014 and found a USB thumb drive containing child pornography hidden four layers deep in a tin box inside a metal cabinet. Police will be able to use the storage drive finding dog on tough child porn cases where the criminals are trading images face to face instead of online.

Connecticut State Police say they began the program that trained Thoreau a few years ago in an effort to aid their increasingly busy Computer Crimes Investigative Unit. Thoreau reportedly attended 22 weeks of training in Connecticut to learn to detect computer devices. It appears that the highly trained pooch can sniff out the scent of metal and components commonly used in storage devices.

Move aside arson dogs, bomb dogs, narcotics dogs, cadaver dogs as there is a new dog in town and this one catches pedophiles!

Thoreau Porn Finding Dog

Photo Credit: Kathy Borchers/The Providence Journal



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: hitech

1 posted on 07/11/2014 12:38:01 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Now if I could only train my dog to find my keys and glasses.


2 posted on 07/11/2014 12:39:24 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Boy do we have a job for this dog..


3 posted on 07/11/2014 12:39:59 PM PDT by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Send the dogs in to the IRS.


4 posted on 07/11/2014 12:40:50 PM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: Dog

Yeah..at the IRS HQ.


5 posted on 07/11/2014 12:40:51 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: SunkenCiv

fyi


6 posted on 07/11/2014 12:41:43 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Send some of those dogs over to Lerner’s basement!


7 posted on 07/11/2014 12:46:19 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thoreau, already appears to be up for the task as he assisted in his first search warrant search in June 2014 and found a USB thumb drive containing child pornography hidden four layers deep in a tin box inside a metal cabinet.

Wow! Impressive. Wonder if they have to fight the urge to shoot since it's THEIR dog.

8 posted on 07/11/2014 12:47:48 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Move aside arson dogs, bomb dogs, narcotics dogs, cadaver dogs as there is a new dog in town....

It's.....Data Dog!

9 posted on 07/11/2014 12:48:38 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Still Thinking

So pervs just need to hide an empty USB drive or flash card for misdirection?


10 posted on 07/11/2014 12:49:38 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“It appears that the highly trained pooch can sniff out the scent of metal and components commonly used in storage devices.”

Bull. He still would not be able to discriminate between the thousands of things made of the same combo of materials.


11 posted on 07/11/2014 12:52:25 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: ltc8k6
So pervs just need to hide an empty USB drive or flash card for misdirection?

Better still, buy a few dozen (or hundred) small obsolete used flash drives, hard drives, etc., on eBay or Craig's List, fill them with innocuous data, and salt them around your house.

What a stupid idea.

12 posted on 07/11/2014 12:54:10 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ernie, one can imagine what was on that thumb drive shell when it was removed from the computer and placed in a case within a case within a case. Doggies do have a great sense of smell. I suspect it’s a scent they have picked-up on many times from bedsheets, bedclothes, bodies, and etc. Don’t want to be too specific.


13 posted on 07/11/2014 12:56:21 PM PDT by CARTOUCHE (9999 EOM)
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To: ltc8k6
Bull. He still would not be able to discriminate between the thousands of things made of the same combo of materials.

No, the dog is specially trained only to detect just the one child porn containing flash drive the police officer carries with him and "drops" at the scene, for the dog to "find"...

14 posted on 07/11/2014 12:57:21 PM PDT by apillar
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Don't even think about putting catz to work.

15 posted on 07/11/2014 12:58:06 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

BS...


16 posted on 07/11/2014 12:58:41 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: ltc8k6

Some bacon, maybe? Or hide a USB stick full of stuff downloaded from WhiteHouse.gov and the DNC website. Now THERE’S some offensive digital material.


17 posted on 07/11/2014 1:00:30 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: ltc8k6

Not quite empty —

Helen Thomas and Nancy Pelosi


18 posted on 07/11/2014 1:03:42 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"The dog alerted. We don't need no stinking warrant."
19 posted on 07/11/2014 1:03:57 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: ltc8k6

“So pervs just need to hide an empty USB drive or flash card for misdirection?”

A recent SCOTUS decision stated that an “alert” from a dog is probable cause. So a dog trained to alert on some action of his handler gives the cops probable cause to search you. I doubt that there is a significant signature from a thumb drive that would stand out in an auto, given that most of the car interior is made of the same materials.

This means that if the dog is there they can search your car and take any and all digital media, since Fido sniffed your car.

Remember the courts just decided that the cops need probable cause and a warrant before they can search the information (like the memory card) in your phone. The dog is probable cause.


20 posted on 07/11/2014 1:04:56 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Send them after Lois Lerner


21 posted on 07/11/2014 1:05:15 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ever notice,,, every creepy new technique and technology that will be used against us, is always “for child porn”?


22 posted on 07/11/2014 1:05:35 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
>"The dog alerted. We don't need no stinking warrant."

They've had plenty of training in ignoring the Constitution.

I smell merryjewanna. Your Constitutional rights just ended.

23 posted on 07/11/2014 1:19:34 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall ; / ?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Which will result in evidence getting tossed and guilty perverts going free.

Stupid idea


24 posted on 07/11/2014 1:20:31 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The IRS is going to shoot this dog!


25 posted on 07/11/2014 1:37:27 PM PDT by MortMan (All those in favor of gun control raise both hands!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

But first, they need to train the cops not to shoot the dog.


26 posted on 07/11/2014 2:02:26 PM PDT by jimbug
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To: Oldexpat
Yeah..at the IRS HQ.

So what are you suggesting? That Lois Lerner & Pals were into kiddie porn?

27 posted on 07/11/2014 2:09:47 PM PDT by SayNoToDems (Will the dancing Hitlers please wait in the wings? We're only seeing singing Hitlers.)
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To: Still Thinking

LOL!


28 posted on 07/11/2014 2:17:02 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: bgill
Sinister looking CAT!

LOL!

29 posted on 07/11/2014 2:21:35 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: driftdiver

Yeah, the dog is so sensitive, it can detect hidden data while it’s walking by on the sidewalk! [eyeroll]


30 posted on 07/11/2014 2:28:37 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

what smell does a usb thumb drive give off? anyone??


31 posted on 07/11/2014 2:38:31 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Is the dog’s name Clever Hans?


32 posted on 07/11/2014 7:51:23 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Wikipedia is wrong. who knew?)
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To: Scrambler Bob

That’s too cruel even for a crooked cop...


33 posted on 07/11/2014 10:29:30 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

data transport by odor? can it achieve USDB3.0 datarates?

a few whiffs and fido has your stuff downloaded..


34 posted on 07/11/2014 11:43:31 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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