In the new digital age, we have to assume everything we do is being recorded and cannot be deleted.
A recently discovered deleted Instagram account belonging to Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been uncovered by the FBI and is being closely examined. According to his friends, the account was recently deleted.
Traces of the “jmaister1” account were still visible this week in Google's Web cache and on other archiving sites. Digital investigators often use those tools to find glimpses of deleted material. Access to the information is like a digital timeline for investigators trying to reconstruct the events that preceded the Boston attack.
Among the finds, Tsarnaev liked a picture of Shamil Basayev, a deceased Chechen militant who organized terror strikes against Russia. Accompanying another picture he liked, were a string of hashtags of particular interest: #FreeChechenia #Jihad #Jannah #ALLAH #Jesus and #God.
"It's exactly like an archive," tech entrepreneur and programmer Sam Altman explained. "So no matter what changes were made to the page today, on the current server, Google has this sort of imprint from a couple of weeks ago."