From fraud to murder, why forensics firms are selling software to smart home sleuths

From CBC News, “The heist was relatively straightforward: Masked men broke into a woman’s house and made off with a diamond ring. What they didn’t know was that their victim’s doorbell doubled as a camera and recorded the men going inside.

However, an independent forensic analysis of the devices in her house told a very different story. The house’s smart door lock was found to have been unlocked with the woman’s phone. And the Wi-Fi alarm system in her home hadn’t been tampered with, but rather, deactivated with the woman’s code.

Sensing a shift in where digital evidence can hide, forensics examiners have started looking beyond smartphones and laptops to a new crop of internet-connected sensors — and developers of forensics software have been happy to oblige. A handful of companies now advertise support for data generated by activity trackers, GPS navigation systems, drones and even connected cars.”

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