Dutch police officer reveals details of overseas investigation into Amanda Todd case

Part of the case involved evidence of online activity at a holiday home, a digital forensic investigator told New Westminster court via video link

A Dutch police inspector who specializes in digital forensic investigations told a BC Supreme Court jury he found a log file at a vacation home in the Netherlands that was connected to a computer named “Admins-PC”.

Wybren van der Meer, who has worked for the Dutch National Police for a dozen years, spoke to Madam Justice Martha Devlin and the New Westminster jury by video – and through an interpreter – from the Netherlands. -Bas about an investigation he worked on in 2013.–14 called “Disclosure” that involved online activities via an external IP address tied to the “Admins-PC” computer.

On January 15, 2014, van der Meer said he visited the holiday home in Oisterwijk – about an hour south of Amsterdam – to get information about the house’s external IP addresses.

Earlier, police arrested a suspect in the neighborhood in connection with the cyberbullying case of Port Coquitlam student Amanda Todd, the court heard.

Van der Meer said two people were home at the time and he received permission from the occupants to investigate their router.

Using a web browser, he was able to access their administration page using the generic password provided on the router machine to see details of internet connections through the SpeedTouch9E92CE network.

There he took screenshots for the investigation of internal IP addresses, as well as MAC addresses (a MAC address is a unique physical address assigned to each network adapter in a computer or mobile device).

Two IP addresses were linked to the “Admins-PC” computer, he said.

“I could tell from them that this combination – this device – had been connected to the router,” he testified on the fourth day of the trial.

Aydin Coban, originally from the Netherlands, is being tried on five counts. On Monday June 6, he pleaded not guilty to:

  • extortion
  • import and distribute child pornography
  • possession of child pornography
  • communicate with the intention of attracting a child
  • stalking

None of the allegations are proven in court.


Under cross-examination by defense attorney Elliot Holzman, van der Meer saw a photo of the brick-fronted vacation home he visited on January 15, 2014.

Van der Meer admitted there were “variables” when connecting to the internet via remote wifi, including physical factors such as trees and building materials.

Van der Meer confirmed that only one address was linked to “Admins-PC” via wifi – not two – and he said the second address was probably connected to a hardwire.

Det. const. Robin Shook, a digital forensics officer with the Vancouver Police Department, resumed testimony this afternoon. He is also due to take the stand tomorrow (Friday) as a Crown witness.

The trial continues.

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