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Amazon FireTV Stick is it broadcasting evidence?

The Amazon FireTV Stick is essentially an Android device that can turn your TV into a smart TV. When you plug the device into an HDMI port and provide power through the microUSB cable, the FireTV Stick boots up and you can run any number of applications like Pandora, Netflix, Hulu, Plex, etc. For most users, it will be used to play video and music only. However, with the ability to run nearly any Android app including Facebook and other social media apps, it will undoubtedly contain valuable forensic data. In fact, even in its everyday use, examiners can find useful information about a suspect. There's even a smartphone app that acts as a remote control for the FireTV Stick. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any user data on the app other than the name of the FireTV Sticks it has connected to when it comes to looking at the device.

The Amazon FireTV Stick can be rooted so users can add applications not normally available from the Amazon market. This also can be used by forensic examiners to get an extraction of data from these devices. Just like other Android devices, you must enable USB debugging and allow unknown resources before gaining access to the device through the microUSB port. Next, finding drivers that support the device will be necessary. Once you have the drivers and device settings right, you can start your investigation.

It is as easy as 1-2-3 when you think of the data you can get from these handy little devices. Make sure you watch for them in your next seizure as a potential store of evidence.