Thursday, June 23, 2011

Corporate Espionage is on the Rise in South Africa

Etienne Labuschagne, Director, SpyCatcher SA...

"Devices that used to be the preserve of Q from the James Bond movies, are now easily available in the street for a few hundred rand," said Labuschagne, speaking at the ITWeb Security Summit yesterday.

"Surveillance and counter-surveillance are not only part of the shadowy worlds of politics and international relations."

"Surveillance is not what it used to be – mobile phones can be bugged very easily. You can be sent a simple SMS asking you to update a service, and as soon as you open the link, surveillance software can be installed on your phone without your knowledge.

“Such software can allow the person behind it to call your phone, without it ringing, and allow them to listen directly to you and your surroundings." (more)