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Dogs Trained to Sniff out Storage Devices: Scentsitive Data

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Written by Lambert Varias | July 19, 2015

The security dog training firm Tactical Detection K9 has an unorthodox and cute way to find all the thumb drives and microSD cards you’ve misplaced. The company recently started training dogs that can find storage devices by scent.


Speaking with IB Times, Tactical Detection K9 said it had scientists isolate “a common by-product” that is present in storage devices such as hard drives, SD cards and even iPads. The dogs are then trained to recognize the scent of that substance, a process that could take 8 months to a year.

Bear, one of Tactical Detection K9’s electronic detection dogs, has helped law enforcement officers in five investigations, including the recent search of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle’s residence. Fox 59 got to see a demo of Bear’s abilities:

Tactical Detection K9 is selling Bear and his buddies for $9,000 (USD), which includes training the dog’s new handler. On second thought, my 16GB flash drive can be in Mars for all I care.

[via IB Times & Fox 59 via Get USB]