Drone Forensics and the importance of inclusion for evidence
We have come a long way since the times of the quad-copter back in the early 1900's. This was a great concept for the pilot-less flights and a true inspiration but, forward to the present and we were estimating selling 1.5 million for personal use last year as Christmas presents.
Becoming ever popular, drones can capture a host of data which includes:
- Flight paths
- GPS (including altitude)
- Launching and landing sites
- Serial numbers
In some cases, credit card information has been stored.
Comparison of drone forensics is made with mobile phones. There are many different makes and models of drones and each one has its own difficulties and alternative methods of extraction. Standard forensic software does not always support the extraction of data from drones and their controller, much like mobile phones, they have different operating systems and in some cases, a chip off may be required however, the chip will also have to be supported for this type of extraction.
Forensic software is used to extract the data from the drone or controller and, at the same time, maintains the integrity of the data.
The source of the data is highly likely to be stored in the control device but, settings can be changed in order to disguise or hide a number of details including, flights paths and GPS. After all, like a mobile phone, if you lose it, you don't want the risk of your data going in to the wrong hands but on the flip side, an honest person may return it if they can access the data.
In defence cases, we can assist in finding out the true origins of the data.
3EF Forensics can assist in a manner of ways, whether you have been photographed from the air and need to prove/disprove it was you, accused of harassment, interference, carrying a weapon etc... we can ascertain whether the drone data could be misleading or incorrect. The drone may belong to you or the authorities including: police, intelligence, local councils etc.
Drones have featured in some very high and low profile cases. Used a s evidence, this can be an important factor in your case.
Some examples are:
- Drug smuggling
- Spying (invasion of privacy)
- Interference with other flying objects
- Drones used as a weapon
- Trace missing persons
- Motorbike and moped crimes
- Traffic investigations
- Hostage situations
All our reports are used in a court of law on a regular basis including Magistrates court, Crown Court and the High Courts
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