Testimony on forensic examination of Amanda Todd’s devices
During the trial of a man accused of sexual extortion in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, teenager Amanda Todd overheard an RCMP officer conducting a digital forensic examination of the contents of several electronic devices.
The court heard some of the devices were used by Todd, while others were seized by investigators in the Netherlands after Aydin Coban was arrested. The Dutch citizen pleaded not guilty to extortion, child luring, harassment and possession of child pornography.
sergeant. Keith Hack testified that he reviewed data from devices Todd used, including his iPhone, as well as data copied from devices seized after Coban was arrested in January 2014 in a bungalow.
Hack told the court he was looking for “words or names” of interest based on information provided by investigators.
He testified to examining a hard drive removed from a laptop belonging to Todd’s father, Norm, and finding two active user accounts: one named “Norm” and the other named “Amanda”.
Hack told the court that there was a used Skype account on the hard drive named “cutiielover”.
Hack: “There was a lot of Skype usage on this device.”
Crown: “And was that specifically for the ‘cutiielover’ user account?”
Hack also testified about seven devices from the Netherlands that he examined, including two that he told the court he believed had been attached at some point.
For a hard drive, he testified that the registered owner’s name was “I”. He told the court that the same capital letter was used for the active user account on the device.
“There was very little or no activity that could identify a specific user of device one,” Hack said, and gave similar testimony regarding a second device, a 250GB Hitachi hard drive, which he examined. “In looking for what might be a common type of user activity, there was just an absence of personal type activity.”
In an opening statement at the start of the trial, Crown Attorney Louise Kenworthy told the court she expected Hack to testify about finding messages between the Skype accounts used on one or more of the devices and Todd, and that it seemed to him that a lot of information had been deleted.
The Crown alleges Todd was chased for years by someone with 22 fake accounts, who tried to use explicit images of the teenager to trick him into performing sex acts online.
Todd died by suicide in 2012 aged 15, after sharing a video online describing years of torment.
Coban’s defense attorney said the case is about whether the Crown can prove who was behind the messages sent to Todd.
In an agreed admission of fact read in court, the trial heard from officers involved in the investigation after Todd’s death who received Facebook recordings as a result of search warrants obtained by the Department of Homeland Security, then by the FBI.
Hack’s testimony is expected to continue on Tuesday.