The Scent of Cyber

Police have embraced an emerging tactic that may be giving paws to cyber criminals.

…English springer spaniels who can detect hidden electronic devices. They follow the scent of a chemical coating used in manufacturing just as police dogs can sniff out blood, explosives and narcotics.

This dogmatic approach is not far removed from SIM sniffers used in prisons

The dogs can do this because cell phones have a smell. The psychologist Stanley Coren once wrote that he left a collection of cell phone parts in boxes for ten days and opened them to find “a sweet metallic smell that I might fantasize that a newly built robot would have, with perhaps a faint ozone-like overtone.”

Time to launch a cologne called “Ozone Overtone”?

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