New age technologies like smart phones and gaming consoles pose new problems for law enforcement officials, according to a member of the FBI. During the 2010 Computer Forensics Show in New York City, attendees were told that these new technologies pose unique problems for law enforcement trying to mine the hardware for forensic data, according to an article on Network World.
“Forensic tools for cell phones are in their infancy,” says Stephen Flatley, a forensic examiner with the FBI’s Computer Analysis and Response Team. “There’s lots of different carriers, different phones, different cables – just try to keep up.”
The new technologies present a treasure trove of information but a number of considerations may limit their use. Meanwhile, gaming consoles have little data storage memory, so even search histories tend not to exist.
“You can take a Wii onto the Internet and it doesn’t save sites or browser history,” Flatley says. “If you type in a Web address and surf, 10 minutes later there’s no record of it. This is a problem.”