On a recent case, an employee left for a rival manufacturing company and was suspected of IP theft. Specifically, the employee was suspected of taking photos of the manufacturing plant floor. While investigators and digital forensics specialists have a wide range of tools and approaches available to them to help crack open cases, one emerging approach that is changing the digital investigation landscape is the use of smart phone location services. These can confirm the specific location of a person of interest at a specific time. In the IP theft case for example, investigators were able to extract GPS coordinates out of the photos taken on the mobile device and plot out the points on Google Earth. This allowed the investigators to pinpoint photos that were taken in the manufacturing plant of interest.
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