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How cybercrime dogs sniff out child porn and bring down Jared Fogel and others

How cybercrime dogs sniff out child porn and bring down Jared Fogel and others
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Dog is man’s best friend, but a Device Detection Dog is a cybercriminal’s worst enemy. If you’re stashing illegal data of any kind, a well-trained K-9 will find it. You can flush it, bury it, put it in your gas tank, swallow it, but you can’t hide electronic evidence from a detection dog.

Recent breakthroughs in K-9 law enforcement are stumping even the most brilliant techno-criminals, and these dogs are scary-good at what they do.

If law enforcement smells a rat, a sniffer dog will expose it.

Derailing the dark web of child porn

Child pornography incidents have escalated more than 200 percent in the last 10 years. Enough.org recorded over 6,000 incidents in 2016, up from over 4,000 in 2015. In a country that claims to value and protect its children, minors are being seduced, trafficked and exploited in record numbers all for profit and perverse pleasure. It’s more than just a shame; it’s a disgrace to this country.

Why the growth? Because it’s easy money. Children are easy targets. The development of new technology has made it easy to do our best, as well as our worst. Devices are getting smaller and easier to stash, capable of holding 8,000 or more images. In fact, it used to be nearly impossible to catch porn distributors in the act. But those days are ending.

In an effort to derail the dark web-world of kiddie porn, the newest member of the F.B.I. and law enforcement task force, the Electronic Device Detection K-9, was deployed to active duty. One particular black lab named Bear single-handedly uncovered a massive amount of electronic devices in the home of Subway sandwich celebrity Jared Fogel.

There was enough evidence to send Fogel to federal prison, presumably for more than 15 years.

Bio-sensory training

Since then, highly specialized K-9 trainers are adopting and perfecting bio-sensory techniques to eliminate sex offenders and cybercrime for good. Just recently in Essex, U.K., FBI-trained cyber dogs are being successfully used by British police to help round up and punish pedophiles.

Using a young Springer Spaniel named Tweed, they are able to track down and forensically examine a number of potentially incriminating electronic items.

PC Jan Simpson lashed out a stern warning to sex offenders via the Telegraph UK: “We will not tolerate those committing this heinous crime and, using all the tools available to us including specialist resources such as Tweed, we will continue to root out those committing these offenses and bring them to justice. If you are taking, viewing, downloading or distributing indecent images of children, then it is only a matter of time before you can expect us to knock on your door.”

Meet some of these masterful K-9s

Iris is a playful black lab, one of just seven dogs who has been trained in a program run by Connecticut State Police. She “imprints” on two specific chemicals found on electronic components. Her handler, Special Agent Jeff Calandra told Fox5 New York that Iris is invaluable to the force because she is able to detect cyber evidence through walls, car seats, wheel wells, just about anywhere.

Chase is another storage device tracker dog, specializing in bringing down sex offenders. His trainer Todd Jordan spoke out against digital sex crimes on Crime Tracker, reminding viewers that behind every pornographic image is a victim.

Gia is a gorgeous cyber detection dog serving the Manatee County Sheriff’s office. In an interview with the Bradenton Herald, Lieutenant Dennis Cunningham asserted that cybercriminals are wasting their time hiding evidence because Gia’s been trained to outsmart them all. Fake shaving crème cans, doorknobs, wall hooks – they’re no match for Gia. No matter how good the exterior disguise, nothing beats the sensitivity of a dog's nose.

It’s not like the tech world isn’t trying, but it’s hard to improve on those dog senses! Even with facial recognition software, temperature recognition and so forth, the tech world still can’t match the built-in sensitivities or the accuracy of a well-trained dog.

Choosing a cyber-sniffing dog

Want your own sniffer dog? You can’t just go out, buy a puppy and train them. In my recent podcast that accompanies this article, expert trainer Phil Strevett of Four Corners Canine told me that only quality bloodlines and certain age groups can be trained. You need an expert trainer that knows how to single out the perfect working dog. Phil eliminates non-working dogs from the litter by the time they’re 6 months old and then spends a whole year identifying their capabilities. Only then can he begin the process of specialization training.

Every dog has its day, and right now, it is the age of the modern day sniffer dog. Cyber-sniffing dogs used to be a rare breed, but watch out. They’re getting super popular. These “best friends” are essential to keep your kids safe from sexual predators.

Listen to the entire podcast now or download it to listen later

If you want to hear my entire interview with Phil Strevett and learn more sniffer dog training tactics, listen to Kim's free Komando On Demand podcast below or click here to get the podcast now.

Drugs, explosives, weapons, implicating clothing and now electronic media; in this podcast, you’ll hear how detection dogs are taking a huge bite out of crime.

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