Sunday, November 30, 2008
• with a gun,
• who, oh by the way... is an FBI Agent,
• who, oh by the way... will shoot your sorry...
SC - ...man faces criminal charges after he was shot during a scuffle with an FBI agent outside her home... Ronnie William Pennington, 59, of 116 William St., was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and peeping Tom, eavesdropping or peeping, according to warrants... He tried to get away, and she grabbed him... The man hit her with his hands as he tried to escape... The woman, who was not injured, fired a handgun at the man, striking him in the left buttocks... (more)
The initial investigation lead officers believe the shooting was justified. (imagine that)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Police arrested Ryan Nystrom, 23, after a witness spotted a young man perched on a residential back porch roof, next to a bedroom window early Tuesday morning.
A police report says the victim and her new boyfriend were in the bedroom at the time of the incident. (more)
New spy tank transmits video and audio
...the Spy Video ATV-360, can handle nearly anything in its path since it is, as the name indicates, and all-terrain vehicle. With a simple push of a remote button, the ATV’s camera will transmit a 360-degree scan of its surroundings. OK. No one is in the kitchen, it’s safe to proceed.
The ATV’s track-based movement allows it to climb over obstacles while being controlled remotely up to 75 feet away. The video images it sends back are displayed on an LCD lens built into a pair of glasses. A single earbud helps the spy hear what’s going on around the ATV. (more)
Wireless SpyCam Built into a Wristwatch!
"A normal but luxury metal wristwatch has one smallest camera inside. Just press the power switch; it begins transmitting high quality color video with sound to our supplied 2.4GHz wireless MPEG-4 DVR up to 300 feet away. Put the DVR in a bag or on a belt. Then, just press one button. It will start to transmitter video and audio simultaneously. This also works as a normal watch." (more)
Wireless SpyCam Helicopter
The Draganflyer X6 is a remotely operated, unmanned, miniature helicopter designed to carry wireless video cameras and still cameras. Operate the Draganflyer X6 helicopter with the easy to use handheld controller while viewing what the helicopter sees through video glasses... The Draganflyer X6 helicopter uses 11 sensors and thousands of lines of code to self-stabilize during flight. This means the Draganflyer X6 is easier to fly than any other helicopter in its class. (more with video)
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This scrambler keeps private phone conversations safe from wiretappers and eavesdroppers. Fitted to an ordinary handset, it needs no electrical connection, has its own power source. To hear, a person needs an unscrambler coded identically. Delcon Division, Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif., sells it for $275, keeps your name and code locked in its vault. (more)
Unsold units were later turned into platform shoes :)
Mendte was snooping on former CBS 3 co-anchor Alycia Lane's emails and releasing personal information about her to the media. His punishment for his evil ways?
• Six months house arrest
• He must wear an electronic monitoring device
• $5,000 fine
• 250 hours of community service
• Three years probation
• Special filtering device on his personal computer
• No contact with Lane
Mendte, 51, had pleaded guilty to one felony count of intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization and obtaining information, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid.
He had accessed Lane's emails thousands of times according to prosecutors. Lane fired back at Mendte in September by filing a suit in the Common Pleas Court. Lane accuses Mendte of invading her privacy and helping to cause her demise by leaking information to the press. (more) (background)
The ornate red and yellow urn was presented to the Queen by a Russian aerobatics team about 20 years ago, at the tail end of the Soviet era. It reportedly became a favourite of the Queen Mother, who put it in a corner of a room in the Aberdeenshire estate and apparently showed it off to visitors.
Security services apparently suspected that the complicated eastern European wiring could have concealed a listening device. If true, the teapot could have listened in to the Queen's conversations with prime ministers, world leaders and members of her family.
One retainer told the Daily Express: "The samovar was always a bit of an enigma. No one could work out what the Russians thought we were going to do with it. "The wiring looked as if it came from a Second World War tank and it was not exactly pretty. "No one ever considered it a security risk until a recent sweep by these spooks with their electronic devices. They swept everywhere imaginable, public and private rooms, and the first thing to go was the samovar." (more)
The Russian side of the story...
Mikhail Lyubimov, who served in the Russian secret services in Britain for several decades, says that the story may be a canard, since the alleged bugging model referred to by the Daily Express is both ineffective and useless.
"Buckingham Palace and the Queen were never objects of great interest to us, since the Queen doesn't have an active role in Britain's governance,” he points out.
Moreover, Lyubimov states that the electric device is unlikely to have been a regular guest at government meetings or any negotiations that the Queen might have conducted with important visitors.
Nevertheless, the ex-secret agent recalls an equally strange story, involving a Russian souvenir. In the 1960s, the US ambassador to Russia was presented with a wooden eagle, which stood in the corner of his office for several years before it was discovered that there was a bug embedded in it. (more) (The Great Seal Bug)
"Secure your wireless networks. In today's world, there are few valid excuses for not using WPA2, 802.11i, or 802.1x to secure them. Even "guest" networks. Secure them... Use security management tools and scripts to enforce security policy across as many computers as you can. (more)
Wi-Fi Espionage Trick – WiPhishing
Hackers use an authorized SSID to trap mobile professionals into accessing the illegal access point and thus gaining access to information and data... This type of attack can occur when a mobile professional's laptop or PDA has been configured to automatically connect to an access point using an SSID such as Linksys or tmobile. [result] ...they have connected to an unauthorized access point... the connection was made without their knowledge. (more)
Wi-Fi Espionage Trick – Evil Twin
A hacker prevents access to an authorized Wi-Fi access point and re-directs a mobile professional to a false access point where information or access to networks can be obtained by the unauthorized person. The unauthorized user can also gain access to VPN client software. (more)
• Force laptop wireless cards off when plugged into the corporate LAN.
• Force laptops to connect to company authorized wireless LANs only.
• Force laptops to ignore adhoc connections.
All are easy to implement, and will operate automatically.
• Full Solution
• Partial Solution
• Conduct periodic independent Wi-Fi Security Audits which take into account legal compliance. (more)
Monday, November 24, 2008
If you haven't gotten the memo, the bad guys are after your money or your company's money... Today's malicious hackers (not all of them, but most of them) and their malware creations are out to steal your money or your identity (which is used to steal your money).
If you find malware on your PC...
• back up your data,
• format the hard drive,
• re-install everything,
• change every password or PIN you used on that computer since its last verifiable clean state,
• and actively monitor your bank account and credit report.
Letting an anti-malware program remove the infection and calling it a day is no longer acceptable.
Find out how you and your company can stay safe, even when you're watching the bottom line: "Good security in recessionary times" (more)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Moral - Stop your confidential Twittering!
Ali Ashtari was reportedly hanged on Monday. The manager of a telecommunications and security equipment company who dealt with the Iranian military... found guilty of cooperating with the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad...
Iranian state TV showed the balding Ashtari calmly giving what was billed as the confession of a Mossad spy. Ashtari reportedly met with Israeli spooks abroad who gave him surveillance technology to monitor high ranking officials in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
“The Israeli spies gave him equipment with built in bugs to be sold to high ranking (military) officials so that Mossad could eavesdrop on everything they said on phones and other telecommunication devices,” said an Iranian journalist who asked not to be named. (more)
UK - The man accused of murdering former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London said in a British newspaper on Saturday he was prepared to come to Britain to be questioned about the case. (more)
China - A London-based rights group said Saturday that China was preparing to execute a Chinese businessman convicted of spying for Taiwan, and urged Beijing to halt the execution. (more)
Germany declined to comment on Saturday on reports that three Germans arrested on suspicion of throwing explosives at an EU office in Kosovo were intelligence officers. (more)
Isreal - The end of George W. Bush's term in office marks a golden opportunity for the release of Jonathan Pollard, imprisoned in the US for more than 20 years now, his wife Esther wrote in an emotional plea to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Saturday evening. (more)
Iran - Reported was the arrest of Hossein Derakshan, a Canadian-Iranian who pioneered blogging in Iran and was called the "blogfather" there... He returned to his native Iran from his adoptive Canada last month and various media reported his arrest this week. A website reported that Derakshan confessed to spying for Israel. (more)
Friday, November 21, 2008
“This confirms how pervasive this was over there,” said Elliott Cappuccio, an attorney for two employees who have sued BexarMet over the wiretaps...
When the recordings began, Hopkins said he also launched programs on the computers of Morin, Garza and Oranday. The programs captured every computer keystroke and took screen snapshots about every 30 seconds. (more)
So, allegedly, was one senior financial analyst in the company's subprime mortgage division. According to the reports of FBI officials who arrested him in August, 36-year-old Rene Rebollo spent his Sunday nights last summer copying a total of more than 2 million of Countrywide's customer records to a flash drive and selling the data to identity thieves. Rebollo's case isn't as unique as banks would like to believe... (more) (slide show)
It also features: strong encryption algorithms; a locker that allows you to password protect certain applications; a password management solution and a real-random password generator; a shredder that helps you destroy beyond recovery files, folders and internet traces; the ability to create self-decrypting packages; secured password transfer.
Version 4.6 features: Windows Vista compatibility. Free trial. (more)
Now there is a simple and free solution to this problem!
Laptop Alarm will ring a loud alarm if someone will try to steal your laptop!
When the laptop is disconnected from AC-power (someone pulls the AC adapter plug out) or someone removes or moves the USB mouse the alarm will go off. Version 1.2 adds Mouse movement detection. (more)
Grab a coffee.
Watch a thief steal several laptops in broad daylight!
UPDATE: Verizon Wireless has fired an unspecified number of employees it said had accessed President-elect Barack Obama's old cell phone records without permission. The firings ended an internal investigation into the matter. (more)
Moral: Your information... if they want it, they will get it.
How well you protect your information determines how fast they move on to easier prey. Don't look like lunch. Take an information security specialist to lunch. ~Kevin
• does not use a magnet
• is ultra-thin (nanometer thickness)
• does not vibrate
• is transparent
• is flexible (enough to be made into clothing)
• can be integrated into a computer or TV screen
Welcome to the world of the Transparent Carbon Nanotube Thin (CNT) Film Loudspeaker.
"Ok, so how does it work?" I hear you say.
When AC electricity courses through carbon nanotubes, it creates heat. Unlike conventional speakers which bump air molecules to create a sound wave, CNTs don't move; they change temperature. It is this temperature oscillation which bumps the air molecules, thus creating sound. Heat is soooo cool!
New idea? No, the thermophone was invented before 1886 and was upgraded in the 1920's. It worked, but not very well. Right idea, wrong materials.
It took 21st Century carbon nanotubes to make this flag sing. (flag)
Why are we interested?
Well, hot cool technologies are always intereting. But, our interests are more sinister. Did you know... many conventional speakers can also be used as microphones. This has made for some interesting eavesdropping installations for us to discover. If nanotube speakers have the same capability... the future will be even more interesting for us. Can't wait to test one! ~Kevin
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Georgia State Representative Kevin Levitas said after watching a FOX 5 special report, he decided to take action to stop people from following others with a hidden GPS device.
"My law would prohibit a stranger from going up, or even somebody that knows that person, from going up to their car without their consent whether in a public place or private place and placing a GPS tracking device," said Rep. Levitas. (more)
Private Investigators and spouse-spies will be the ones affected most. Corporate espionage types won't care. Doesn't matter. Businesses hire specialists like us to find these things for them.
• X-Low Light,
• Car Key Fob CamCorder
View the short movie clip of this tricky fog-busting CCTV camera. Amazing!
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Their latest... A car key-fob covert camera which records (3.1 megapixels still and 460x480 movie) up to 90 minutes (with time/date stamp) then downloads into your computer via USB. Yes, it records the sound, too.
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Canada - Just who is Queen's University trying to kid? The school may call its new political-correctness cops "facilitators." It may insist they will not be eavesdropping on private conservations, "preaching" to students they overhear using "offending terms," serving as "disciplinarians" or being judgmental. But administrators are simply deluding themselves with euphemisms if they swallow their own tripe.
The half-dozen speech monitors employed by Queen's dean of student affairs to wander campus and listen for mentions of racist, sexist, homophobic or other "non-inclusive" language, are nothing more than thought police.
The simple act of determining what terms are and are not "offending" is judgmental. Singling students out for "a respectful and educational dialogue" about how their "derogatory terminology" might lead to "marginalization or exclusion" of identifiable groups is the epitome of judgmentalism. Intruding on students' chats with dorm mates or interrupting their joke telling in the cafeteria is the very definition of eavesdropping, even if Queen's wants to insist it is not. (more)
From Queen's University website...
"Queen's is one of Canada's leading universities with an international reputation for scholarship, social purpose, spirit and diversity."
Monday, November 17, 2008
According to the FTC’s complaint, the Florida-based CyberSpy Software, LLC marketed and sold RemoteSpy keylogger spyware to clients who would then secretly monitor unsuspecting consumers’ computers. The FTC seeks to permanently bar the unfair and deceptive practices and require the defendants to give up their ill-gotten gains.
According to papers filed with the court, the defendants provided RemoteSpy clients with detailed instructions explaining how to disguise the spyware as an innocuous file, such as a photo, attached to an email. When consumer victims clicked on the disguised file, the keylogger spyware silently installed in the background without the victims’ knowledge. This spyware recorded every keystroke typed on the victim’s computer (including passwords); captured images of the computer screen; and recorded Web sites visited. To access the information gathered and organized by the spyware, RemoteSpy clients would log into a Web site maintained by the defendants.Defendants touted RemoteSpy as a “100% undetectable” way to “Spy on Anyone. From Anywhere.” (more)
UPDATE (12/3/08 - from a RemoteSpy press release)
RemoteSpy is once again available for sale and users of the popular software can once again access their accounts. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asked the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (case no. 6:08-cv-1872-ORL-31GJK) to issue an injunction to:
(1) stop the sale of RemoteSpy, the best remote computer monitoring tool on the market;
(2) prevent current RemoteSpy customers from using the product;
(3) freeze the assets of the company and its CEO, Tracer Spence; and
(4) prevent CyberSpy and Spence from operating any other business without the FTC's consent.
The Court refused to take such punitive actions, instead simply requiring CyberSpy to do what it had already offered to do: change its promotional materials and advertising practices to make it clear that the software is not designed or intended to be used to monitor any computer without the owner's knowledge and consent. (more)
Australia - Lesley Broadbent did not feel safe anywhere... she believed she was under constant surveillance... To try and put her mind at ease she hired a private eye company, with the help of her daughter, Cheryl Metcalfe.
Two female private investigators and a man allegedly claimed they found a "listening device" in Ms. Broadbent's roof, after a bug sweep of her Nambour house.
The trio was yesterday committed to stand trial in Maroochydore Magistrates Court, accused of planting the device.
The court heard Kathleen Joan Kitchner, 53, and Corinne Martell, 46, first went to the Nambour home on June 4 this year, and went back with Shane Martell for a second bug sweep a couple of days later.
After climbing into the roof, Mr. Martell emerged with a device he said had been found somewhere above the kitchen, the court heard...
The court heard Ms. Metcalfe began to get suspicious when the investigators failed to hand the device in to police and refused to return phone calls.
Ms. Martell said the company, Private Eyes 007, seemed perfectly legitimate at first. "They were professional, they had credentials and professional equipment with them, I wouldn't have thought anything else," Ms. Metcalfe told the court. (more)
Tricks of the trade...
While most private investigators are sincere and honest, a few are fraudsters. The "plant a bug, to find a bug," trick is fairly common. Combined with other scare tactics, it is used to assure unnecessary additional inspections and sales of countermeasures gadgets, CCTV cameras, etc..
Even sincere private investigators can provide ineffective eavesdropping detection services, inadvertently. Eavesdropping detection is a specialty. When handled in a Jack-of-all-trades fashion, it is rarely successful, no matter how good the intentions.
Please, if you are seeking assistance to solve a personal electronic surveillance matter, hire a specialist. To find candidates in your area use google.com; search term: TSCM [+ your city or state]. Carefully evaluate your candidates. Trust your instincts.
Businesses and governments have an even greater need for a specialist – the issues are more complicated, the stakes are higher. Finding a bug is not the goal; discovering an espionage attack while there is still time to prevent damage is the goal.
Employ the most experienced specialist you can find. Ask fellow security directors for recommendations, and don't be afraid to 'fly in' the best people. Importing security consultants is commonplace. High stakes demand the best preventative measures.
Resources for locating eavesdropping detection specialists and counterespionage consultants:
• International Association of Professional Security Consultants
• Espionage Research Institute
• Canadian Technical Security Professional Association
Still need help, or a second opinion? Call me. ~Kevin
Sunday, November 16, 2008
The vehicle is one of two Lotus cars driven in the film by Roger Moore’s James Bond character. It turns into an amphibious car for the movie, driven both on land and underwater. (moore) relax, it's a joke
Click here to read an article first published contemporarily in Road and Track Magazine by Doug Nye, renowned motor historian and Bonhams consultant.
For further information please contact: Tim Schofiel, +44 (0) 20 7468 5804
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The Life in the UK test is the last step towards earning citizenship and those who pass are then entitled to apply for a British passport.
But there are fears unsuitable candidates may have earned the right to settle here thanks to a highly sophisticated scam to cheat the questions.
Participants, who did not understand English, went in to a test centre in Wimbledon library, south west London, armed with a hidden shirt buttonhole camera, microphone and earpiece. In a scam akin to a scene in a James Bond movie, two fraudsters sat outside in BMW car packed with hi-tech equipment and a laptop and directed them to tick the right answers via the secret link.
When police first came across the pair they thought they were running a cashpoint fraud, skimming the cards of unsuspecting users.
But it emerged they were helping Chinese nationals undertake the multiple choice immigration tests in the nearby building. (more)
The Spy Place LLC is now developing its Business Model for a Franchise System. Raymond Huck, President and Founder of The Spy Place LLC, has just announced that the new company, The Spy Place Franchising LLC., has contracted with Scott C. Kern, ... to prepare and register a Franchise Disclosure Document to allow the franchising of The Spy Place.
"Since we opened here last October, the ft. Wayne business community has received us very well", Huck said... The Spy Place, is a retail operation that sells and installs affordable Remote Viewing Video Surveillance Systems... The Spy Place, also sells, through its retail store, and soon on its Web-Site, www.thespyplace.com computer tracking software... Vehicle tracking software is something that is also very popular today. The Spy Place sells and installs these units as well... The Spy Place, even sells some "James Bond, gadgets too. Take for instance the neck tie or ball point pen that is a camera, or the pen that is an MP3 voice recorder...
We intend to educate all potential Franchisees with one week hands on training at our flagship store located in ft. Wayne, and continue with a second week of training at The Spy Place University, located at our world headquarters, also here in ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Upon the successful completion of The Spy Place University, the graduate will now enjoy the use of, and the excitement generated from the use of our 'The Spy Place' name.
Spy Shops, have been around for a long time... kindalike adult bookstores. Even the previous attempts at franchising missed the mark: either too self-important, pricey and megalopolitan, or too strip mall-ish. Both came staffed with people who didn't get the used car sales position they really wanted.
The Spy Place, LLC may be different. Even though their debut press release could give a 7th grade English teacher angina, and 'surveillance' is spelled wrong on their youtube video entry, these folks may be the Paul Revere's of their craft. (Paul was a spy and a craftsman.) When heartland America, Indiana, sprouts an out-of-the-closet Spy Shop, you know "spy" is no longer a dirty word.
(youtube commercial; narrated by a
Paul Kelly and colleagues at Loughborough University found that a disulfur dinitride (S2N2) polymer turned exposed fingerprints brown, as the polymer reaction was initiated from the near-undetectable remaining residues. Traces of inkjet printer ink can also initiate the polymer.
The detection limit is so low that details of a printed letter previously in an envelope could be read off the inside of the envelope after being exposed to S2N2. (more)
Friday, November 14, 2008
The new image sensor has a pixel pitch of 1.4μm. Sample shipments will start in March 2009 at a price of ¥2,500 (approx. US $25.75). (more)
When these find their way into the production stream it will make the cell-phone-as-a-professional-spy-tool a reality. Also, look for these new sensors in pens and other spycam housings. Yet another good reason to secure your sensitive paperwork at night. ~Kevin
What is a BUSYBODY, you may ask. As any resident of Old Philadelphia can tell you, the BUSYBODY is a set of three mirrors set in a black metal frame - two mirrors on the bottom and one mirror on top. It is held together by a scrolled iron bar which mounts alongside or under a window, or next to a door, usually on the second or third story of a house (first floor for ranch type houses).
By adjusting the mirrors, the home dweller can see who's at the door below, or what's going on up and down the street or alley, without being seen himself or herself!
Invented by none other than Philadelphia's most famous denizen, Ben Franklin!
Get one of your own!
Attaches to windowsill with 2 screws. Overall height 21". Overall width 12 1/2". Each mirror measures 5" x 6". Sources: Busybody1 Busybody2
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Felicitos Gonzalez, who lives a block away from the bustling Metro-North facility, was arrested at his home and charged with 16 counts of voyeurism, the Stamford Advocate first reported on its Web site.
The perverted scheme was unraveled after a woman found the camera inside a basket of toilet paper and contacted the MTA police. Gonzalez could still face additional charges. (more)
CA - A former janitor has been given three years in prison for secretly videotaping students in the girls' locker room of a Westlake Village school.
Hilario Medina, 39, was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty to sexually violating the privacy of children. Eighteen lesser charges were dismissed.
Prosecutors say Medina used a video camera wrapped in a shirt and placed on a maintenance cart to secretly tape at least 18 girls at Oaks Christian School, which has grades six through 12. (more)
He admitted he used a hidden camera to secretly videotape at least 20 female customers, including seven minors, while they used the tanning beds... An employee of 360 Degree Tan discovered video of a customer (a minor female) in various stages of undress, including full nudity, on the business' computer... The employee reported what she found to Springfield police...
The camera lens was mounted inside the fan unit of a tanning bed using Velcro tape, positioned at the foot of the bed. Velcro tape was also found inside the fan unit of a second tanning bed. (more)
The new £50,000 machine travelled thousands of miles before it was found, journeying across England before resurfacing in the Netherlands and then going to Germany and back. It was tracked and recovered in an operation involving five English police forces as well as Dutch and German detectives.
...eight days after the theft the device switched itself on, telling police that the digger was in Middlesbrough. Four days later the tracker was sending a signal from Lancashire, but by the following day the digger was back in Humberside. The device was monitored by a group called Securi-Guard... then, they knew that it had left British shores, because the signal died.
Pete Stanley, of Securi-Guard, said: “It had been shipped over the North Sea in a container so the global positioning satellite (GPS) couldn’t pick up the tracker device until it had been unloaded.” (more)
St. Louis-based Express Scripts disclosed it received an anonymous letter that included the names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and, in some cases, prescription information of 75 members. The writer or writers threatened to release millions more of similar records if the business failed to pay an unspecified sum of money.
Anyone with information should contact the FBI at (800) CALL-FBI (225-5324). (more)
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
On May 1st, 1960 U2 Pilot, Francis Gary Powers, was shot down over the Soviet Union and taken captive. In his possession was a hollow silver dollar containing a poisoned needle that was to be used to take his own life in such a circumstance. For one reason or another, he did not use it and was held for 21 months by the Soviets. He was then exchanged for Soviet spy KGB Colonel Vilyam Fisher (aka Rudolf Abel) at the Glienicke Bridge, in Berlin, Germany.
Colonel Fisher was also no stranger to hollow coins... his original capture by the United States FBI was directly related to a hollow nickel that was used to transport microfilm.
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Make Volume 16 will help you get smart [Sorry about that, Chief.] with a special section on spy tech. Learn how to build and use tiny surveillance devices, and how to know if a spy is using them on you. From tiny video cameras to sneaky recorders, this volume has enough cool stuff to make James Bond's inventor Q envious.
On newsstands November 25!
(more) (complete Table of Contents)
He pulls a cigarette lighter from his pocket. Who is he? A smoker, a pyro or a spy?"
He walks in wearing a nice watch; carrying a USB cable. Who is he? Who knows why? Spy?
"Woh, dude, a cassette tape! But, uh, why does it have a USB cable attached to it?" What do we have here; a Luddite or a Black Knight?
And, that hip flask?!? Or is it? Who is he - a data drunkard, or a spy?
Hint: This is really a 250GB USB drive – disguised as a flask! (more)
The reality is, you really don't know. These devices can carry a small library of your business secrets out the door, and make you smile at the same time. Conversely, they can also be used to inject spyware and viruses.
If you see these in your workplace don't be amused, be suspicious. ~Kevin
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
"Virtually undetectable spy camera built into classy looking metal and glass wrist watch for James Bond like espionage.
Ever want to go to a dress up party or to the office with a spy camera, but couldn't find the spy tool that you could carry with you wherever you went without drawing attention? We solved this problem for you, with this micro spy camera built into a fancy watch which lets you take spy video without anyone ever being the wiser. Artfully hidden behind the number 2, this mini-cam gives you an AVI format 352x288 resolution clips at 15FPS, and with 2GB of onboard storage, you will get hours upon hours of video.
The watch itself is an elegantly designed full metal watch with a glass face cover, has accurate, gear driven time in seconds, minutes and hours, has a back clasp design for easily taking the watch on and putting it off, and a twisting crown for time adjustment.
Imagine the candid video with sound that you can take without anyone ever being the wiser..." (more)
Why do I mention it?
So you will know what you are up against.
Holland had faced more serious felony charges of home invasion and eavesdropping, but the charges were reduced in a plea deal, Hiller said...
Holland's former girlfriend discovered a voice-activated tape recorder hidden in a flower basket on a wall in her home Sept. 4 and contacted the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department, sheriff's Sgt. David Archer said. Deputies interviewed Holland that night and he admitted to placing two tape recorders in his ex-girlfriend's home, Archer said.
"He confessed to a second recorder in the bedroom of the victim,'' Archer said.
Archer said Holland had entered his ex-girlfriend's home with a duplicate key, which he had made before he returned a key she had given him. (more)
Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts alleged this week in a five-count indictment that Biswamohan Pani, 33, illegally downloaded more than a dozen confidential documents from Intel's computer system in California during a four-day stretch in June. He had already resigned from Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel, but remained on the payroll and still had access to the company's computers while he burned unused vacation days.
What Pani's supervisors didn't know then is that instead of taking the time to investigate a hedge fund job Pani claimed he was considering, he had actually started working for AMD and for a brief period was on both companies' payrolls. (more)
"The Secret Service has released the code names for the Obama and Biden families.
The White House Military Office dubbed President-elect Barack Obama “Renegade,” while his wife, Michelle Obama, is “Renaissance.”
Their children, Malia and Sasha, were named “Radiance” and “Rosebud.”
Vice President-elect Joe Biden was given the name “Celtic.” His wife, Jill, was nicknamed “Capri.”
A spokesperson said the names aren’t as important as they once were because of more sophisticated communications equipment that’s more difficult to eavesdrop." (more)
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Saturday, November 8, 2008
For most people, photographing something that isn't there might be tough. Not so for Trevor Paglen.
His shots of 189 secret spy satellites are the subject of a new exhibit -- despite the fact that, officially speaking, the satellites don't exist. The Other Night Sky, on display at the University of California at Berkeley Art Museum through September 14 [Apologies for the late reporting.], is only a small selection from the 1,500 astrophotographs Paglen has taken thus far.
In taking these photos, Paglen is trying to draw a metaphorical connection between modern government secrecy and the doctrine of the Catholic Church in Galileo's time. (more)
Very cool, Trevor!
And, that's not all...
Trevor has a unusual book, too!
"I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me: Emblems from the Pentagon's Black World"
They’re on the shoulder of all military personnel: patches that symbolize what a soldier’s unit does. But what happens if it’s top secret? Shown here for the first time, these sixty patches reveal a secret world of military imagery and jargon, where classified projects are known by peculiar names (“Goat Suckers,” “None of Your F***ing Business,” “Tastes Like Chicken”) and illustrated with occult symbols and ridiculous cartoons. Although the actual projects represented here (such as the notorious Area 51) are classified, these patches—which are worn by military units working on classified missions—are precisely photographed, strangely hinting at a world about which little is known.
By submitting hundreds of Freedom of Information requests, the author has also assembled an extensive and readable guide to the patches included here, making this volume one of the best available surveys of the military’s black world—a $27 billion industry that has quietly grown by almost 50 percent since 9/11.
The 19-year-old Fergus-area man pleaded guilty yesterday to voyeurism and breaching an undertaking by contacting the victim. The man cannot be named to protect the identity of his 17-year-old victim.
Court heard OPP were called to a camp in Wellington County Aug. 5 where a female employee reported being videotaped in the shower.
Police learned the girl was showering when she discovered the video camera on a shelf, hidden among some toiletries but pointed directly into the stall.
Officers discovered three videos on the camera. The first two depicted the suspect aiming the camera to ensure it was aimed correctly, while the third showed the victim nude in the shower.
The suspect was arrested for voyeurism and released by police on an undertaking, including a condition that he not contact the victim.
Nine hours later, he sent the victim a message through the Facebook networking website.
In that message, he wrote that the camera was there as "a prank" and said his intention was to scare someone and get their reaction on video. (more)
In a U.S. District Court filing last December, the Swiss-based company claimed the employees, including former Chief Executive Jack Craig, were using stolen information to set up a rival company, Craig Wire Products LLC.
The suit even claimed that the employees — the others were Brett Portwood, Brad Archambeau and Linda Belcher — remotely accessed confidential information on Von Roll computers in its plant in Rotterdam.
Belcher and Archambeau are former managers at Von Roll's Rotterdam plant, court papers say.
On Friday, Von Roll in a written statement said "all claims and counterclaims in the case have now been settled and the lawsuit will be discontinued in its entirety." (more)