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Hard-drive-sniffing dogs bust child pornographers

Hard-drive-sniffing dogs bust child pornographers
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Police in Rhode Island have a new four-legged weapon in the fight against child pornography: a 2-year-old yellow lab named Thoreau. Unlike his drug-sniffing cousins, Thoreau is trained to sniff out computer storage gadgets like USB drives.

Rhode Island state police trained Thoreau just like any drug-sniffing dog, by offering him food in exchange for finding hard drives and memory cards. He can now pinpoint hidden objects down to the exact drawer.

Given to the state police by the Connecticut State Police, the dog assisted in its first search warrant in June pinpointing a thumb drive containing child pornography hidden four layers deep in a tin box inside a metal cabinet. That discovery led the police to secure an arrest warrant, [state police Cpl. Eric M.] Yelle says.

Police are becoming better and better at locating child pornographers and their customers through the Internet and social media. I hope this trend continues.

Don't let child pornographers use your open Wi-Fi to send their filth - and, yes, it does happen. Lock down your network today - it only takes a few minutes.

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