Sunday, September 30, 2012

SpyCam Story #663 - This Month In SpyCam News

SpyCam stories have become commonplace and the techniques used, repetitive. We continue to keep lose track of the subject for statistical purposes, but won't bore you with too many details. Links supplied.

School Daze...

Charges Laid...
UK - Lusted - Ex-council member charged - leisure centres, holiday camp and dance studio

The Tanning Guys...
(Arkansas and tanning salon pervs. Weird.)

Canada Recruits Spies - via YouTube

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has released a series of recruitment videos onto YouTube, videos that feature testimonials from real-life spies. 

The clips were posted last week, but released without any publicity...

In the clips, each of which lasts a minute or two, CSIS intelligence officers are shown striding purposefully to urgent (but fictional) assignments, as orchestral music plays and time-lapse video speeds up street scenes. (more) (videos)

Put a GPS in a Candy Bar - Sales Skyrocket

The candy company launched the “We Will Find You” campaign in the United Kingdom where GPS tracking devices were placed inside six candy bars.  

Once the winning candy bar wrapper is opened, the tracking device will go off and Nestle officials will be able to find the exact location of the customer.

“This will alert a secret control room who will scramble a crack team of highly trained individuals,” the commercial states. “They will board a helicopter, find the special bar and give the owner 10,000 pounds ($16,145).”

The six tracking devices will be placed in Kit-Kat, Aero and Yorkie bars in the U.K. (more)

What could possibly go wrong? Hummm... The guys in the warehouse borrow the guard's metal detector and scan pallet-loads of product. 

Seriously, if they have their act together, the bars are not going through the usual distribution chain. They are being placed on the shelf at the very last minute and the camera crew is waiting in the stock room. Brilliant promotion, however.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Business Espionage: Papal Butler's Trial Begins

The pope's once-trusted butler went on trial Saturday for allegedly stealing papal documents and passing them off to a journalist in the worst security breach of the Vatican's recent history — a case that embarrassed the Vatican and may shed some light on the discreet, internal workings of the papal household... 

Security was relaxed, with the guards at the tribunal entrance mostly concerned that none of the press or public brought in any recording devices: They even checked pens to make sure they couldn't record, and sequestered cell phones into safe boxes. (more)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Mobile malware up 2,180% - Threats to mobile devices rocket and set to rise further.

Between Q1 2011 and Q2 2012 ABI Research found that unique malware variants grew by 2,180 percent reaching 17,439. 

And these threats are set to increase significantly.

"With the increasing popularity of smartphones, mobile threats are on the rise. This has implications for security at the corporate level as well as for individual privacy," says Michela Menting, senior cyber security analyst. 

"The mobile application security market is rife with vendors offering their wares. The priority now for end-users is understanding the issue at hand and finding the right offering that best suits their needs," said Menting. (more) (SpyWarn)

Lawsuit: Failure to Proactively Prevent Spying

A coffee shop staged a failed cover-up after a lawyer planted spy cameras in its restrooms, a class of customers claim in court.

Lead plaintiff Roderick Smith says he discovered a spy camera in the restroom of a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Encino last year, and that personal injury attorney Mark Daniel Wenzel planted another camera a week later.

Corporate owner International Coffee & Tea LLC failed to "proactively prevent" this spying, according to the complaint in Superior Court...

Detectives allegedly identified Wenzel as the culprit because the spy cam's own footage captured him during the installation process.

"The police sent pictures of defendant Wenzel to all the Coffee Bean shops in the area, and weeks later, in or about November of 2011, defendant Wenzel was apprehended by the police on a visit to the Coffee Bean located at the intersection of Woodley and Ventura at 16101 Ventura Boulevard in Encino, California, where another hidden recording device was also uncovered," the complaint says.

Meanwhile Coffee Bean superiors allegedly told staff to keep the incident to themselves. (more)

Dedicated spycam'ers plant multiple devices — in this case, at least three before the case was solved.

All businesses need to "proactively prevent spying" (especially optical spying). Schools, country clubs and companies dealing with the public use our services on a regular basis. Contact us.

Proactive inspections are cheap insurance. Inaction leads to lawsuits and lost customer goodwill.

U.S. Government Surveillance Stats - Up 361%, 2009-2011

U.S. law enforcement surveillance of email and other Internet communication has skyrocketed in the last two years, according to data obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union... 

Early Pen Register
The number of so-called pen register and trap-and-trace orders obtained by federal law enforcement agencies has increased 361 percent between 2009 and 2011, the ACLU said. The U.S. Department of Justice released the data to the ACLU after the civil rights group sued the agency under the Freedom of Information Act. (more)

Outrageous - Anyone else would have landed in prison.

Companies agree to stop spying, taking secret photos on rented home computers

The US Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with seven computer rental companies and a software firm over what the agency said was flagrant computer spying on customers of the rental stores.

In a statement Wednesday, the FTC said that DesignerWare LLC and seven rent-to-own computer stores agreed to cease using malware-like monitoring software to track rental PCs and from using information gathered by the spying software for debt collection purposes.

According to the FTC, the software captured screenshots of confidential and personal information, logged users' keystrokes, and in some cases took "webcam pictures of people in their homes, all without notice to, or consent from, the consumers."

The settlement stems from what an FTC complaint (PDF link) says was a years-long campaign of electronic spying by PC rent-to-own firms against customers using PC Rental Agent, a remote monitoring application made and marketed by DesignerWare that can disable or remotely wipe a rented computer, but also monitored a user’s online activity and physical location using a feature called "Detective Mode." (more) (sing-a-long)

P.S. It also presented a fake software program registration screen that tricked consumers into providing their personal contact information.

Forensically Find Fake Photos Fast - Further Discussion

As most readers of the Security Scrapbook know, I do not sell products, nor do I profit in any way from items brought to your attention. The sole purpose when mentioning a product is to inform and educate. Sometimes, my readers provide additional insights and information. This helps all of us.

The other day I posted, "Fourandsix Technologies, Inc. has introduced their first product, FourMatch, which instantly distinguishes unmodified digital camera files from those that may have been edited." Wow! Cool stuff. Gimme, gimme.

Reality Check...
While this statement is technically accurate, one reader cautions that the company's other marketing information may lead one to expectations the product can not fulfill.

Read the review by Jim Hoerricks, and the response by Kevin Connor of Fourandsix Technologies, Inc.. Their discussion is very useful and illuminating, especially if you are in need of this technology.

P.S. The answer to the last "What's wrong with this picture?" (Rolling Stones album cover) is... "Former Rolling Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman was digitally removed from the cover..."

Next up...
What's wrong with this picture?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

(Off topic) The Jetsons Turn 50 - What Became Reality?

It's hard to believe, but George Jetson, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy, Jane, his wife -- and Astro, everyone's favorite space dog -- are now 50 years old.  

The show was futuristic in its own right: When it bowed in the early 60's, it was the first color show to ever air on ABC. But it was the quirky technological advances that the Hanna Barbera show imagined human beings using -- from robot maids to flying cars -- that really formed the backdrop of the show and kept viewers interested.

In honor of The Jetsons' 50th anniversary, we decided to take a look to see how far we've come. And based on where we are so far, by 2062, the year the show is set in, we may just achieve all that the show's writers envisioned and then some. One thing that's massively important to us today and wasn't reflected that way on the show is our powerful mobile phone technology and the importance to us of how small those devices have become, as well as what they permit -- constant access to the internet (not conceived back then) and a variety of useful apps. (more)

Forensically Find Fake Photos Fast

Fourandsix Technologies, Inc. has introduced their first product, FourMatch, which instantly distinguishes unmodified digital camera files from those that may have been edited. 

Fourandsix Technologies was co-founded last year by Kevin Connor, a 15-year veteran of the Adobe Photoshop team, and Hany Farid, a pioneering scientist in image forensics. Dr. Farid’s extensive research led to the development of FourMatch software, which provides compelling evidence for the authenticity of an image, while also serving as an efficient triage step for identifying photos that may require closer scrutiny.

...Increasingly, photographic evidence has been challenged in court as being unreliable. Similarly, media companies have faced embarrassment when running news photos that later were revealed to be falsified. (more)

Really interesting... Their Photo Tampering throughout History page. 
What's wrong with this picture?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Open Your Mouth and You're Nailed

Slate had an interesting article about how law enforcement can identify you via VoiceGrid Nation created by a company called SpeechPro in the United States, but which operates as a “Speech Technology Center” in Russia... 

This image shows how VoiceGrid works and here’s some other info gleaned via their documentation. Voice matching technology can “automatically separate the voices within a two-person dialog and send each voice individually for matching” and is being used as “part of a comprehensive plan to best leverage existing and new audio data.” Even without considering the NSA surveillance via intercepting calls, the whitepaper gives numerous examples of passive sources for voice recognition data that has “already been collected.” These include voicemail, recordings made while speaking to commercial service providers such as banks, cell phone companies, and cable TV companies, as well as 911 calls, suspect interviews and court recordings.

The company’s technology uses three methods for voice matching and an algorithm that automatically compares “voice models against voice recording obtained from different sources such as cell phones, land lines, covert recordings and recorded investigative interviews.” When combined, there is a 90% voice match to identification accuracy within 15 seconds. However, according to VoiceGrid’s “key figures,” it only takes:

· 3 seconds is the minimum required speech pattern for analysis.

· In 5 seconds, it can search/match in 10,000 voice samples.

· 10 seconds is the average time for feature extraction.

· Executes up to 100 simultaneous searches.

· Accommodates up to 1,000 active users.

· Stores up to 2,000,000 samples.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Thus, making all other PIs reach for a Kleenex®.

Two private investigators claim David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology, paid them $12million over the course of 24 years to spy on his former rival, along with other enemies.

The top-secret program gave Paul Marrick and Greg Arnold about $500,000 a year and sent them across the world in pursuit of Pat Broeker, who was briefly head of the church before being forced out, the men say. They are now suing the church after the paychecks stopped rolling in. (more)

Spy Rock Explodes Near Nuke Site

A MONITORING device disguised as a rock has been found near an underground Iranian nuclear enrichment plant.

Western intelligence sources told The Sunday Times the device exploded when it was disturbed by Iranian troops.

They tried to move the rock, setting off its self-destruct mechanism. (more)

IT Poobahs... "iPhone now as secure as BlackBerry"

For a long time BlackBerry was the de facto choice for businesses looking for a secure mobile device.

But BlackBerry appears to be losing its security advantage over the iPhone in the eyes of IT leaders, and in doing so giving up its last remaining advantage over Apple handsets in enterprise.

Since the iPhone launched in 2007 Apple has been slowly increasing security of iOS devices: adding 256-bit, hardware-based encryption for data stored on the device, widespread VPN support and limiting access that each app has to files and hardware resources on the phone. That’s in addition to its screening of all software on the app store and centralized control provided by third party mobile device management software. (more)

An App that Zaps Crime?

via the app maker...
"If there’s one thing that scares criminals above all else, it’s a witness to their actions. And that’s exactly why IWITNESS is the perfect crime deterrent.

With IWITNESS on your smartphone:
Record. Capture audio and video of any incident.
Send. Transmit what you’ve captured to a secure server accessible to law enforcement – an action no perpetrator can reverse.
Alert. Automatically call 911. Plus, send your exact location and an instant notification to friends or family members. 

IWITNESS features:
• Audio and video recording
  (Check your local laws about audio recording. You don't want the criminal to sue you.)
• Real-time tracking of location via GPS
• Data sent to a secure off-premises server location
• Automatically dials 911
• Notifies trusted contacts when you feel endangered
• Emits flashing light and sounds an alarm

(Note: This is not a free app.)

Wells Fargo Fires Employee Who Committed 10-Cent Fraud in 1963

68-year-old Richard Eggers really should have known that the sordid details of his dark, criminal past would eventually creep into the present and jeopardize his career. In 1963, the Iowa resident gave new meaning to the term “money laundering” when he tried to insert a cardboard cutout of a dime into a laundromat machine. Local law enforcement caught wind of the stunt and arrested him for fraud.

Eggers, who was a teenager at the time of his arrest, turned his life around and until recently worked as a customer service representative at Wells Fargo bank. But under new federal employment regulations, Wells Fargo fired Eggers upon learning of his criminal record, ABC affiliate WOI-TV reports. The regulations were instated to weed out workers with histories of fraud and identity theft to better protect the company’s customers.

But wait, you might be thinking, aren’t these rules meant to weed out senior executives whose missteps can cost customers millions of dollars — not customer services reps guilty of decades-old pranks? Good question. But apparently, a rule’s a rule. As Wells Fargo spokesperson Angela Kaipust told WOI-TV:

We don’t have discretion to grant exceptions in situations like this. Once we find out someone has a criminal history of dishonesty or breach of trust we can no longer employ them.” (more)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lawyer and Her PI Indicted in Bug Planting Scheme

CA - A Bay Area divorce lawyer has been indicted in connection with a scheme to plant eavesdropping devices in the cars of her clients’ spouses, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday. 

Chris Butler
Mary Nolan, the San Ramon lawyer, hired Christopher Butler, a private investigator, to install the listening equipment to help her clients in divorce and child custody cases, according to a six-count indictment made public Tuesday. 

Butler has admitted that he arranged for beautiful women — he called them “decoys”— to ply the husbands of Nolan’s clients and others with alcohol. Once the women got the men behind the wheel, Butler called police to report they were driving under the influence. (more)

Cell Phone Hackers Show Off at Pwn2Own Contests

via at
"This week, I had the opportunity to interview the hacking teams that used zero-day vulnerabilities and clever exploitation techniques to compromise fully patched iPhone 4S and Android 4.0.4 (Samsung S3) devices and the big message from these hackers was simple: Do not use your mobile device for *anything* of value, especially for work e-mail or the transfer of sensitive business documents.

For many, this is not practical advice. After all, your mobile device is seen as an extension of the computer and there is a legitimate need to access work e-mail on iPhone/iPad, Android and BlackBerry smart phones. However, whether you are a businessman, a celebrity or the average consumer, it's important to start wrapping your mind around the idea of separating work from play on smart phones and tablets."

...a skilled hacker can beam an exploit via NFC to automatically open a maliciously rigged document on your Android device. A few exploitation tricks later and it's game over. On iPhone, which is widely hailed as the most secure mobile OS platform, WebKit continues to be a security nightmare and a popular target for hackers building drive-by download exploits. There are still ways to bypass Apple's code signing and sandboxing mitigations. (more)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Brussels - Spy Capital of the World

The head of Belgium's state security service, Alain Winants, said in an interview published Monday, that Brussels currently sees more spy activity than almost any other city in the world. 
Spying on the secrets of Belgium chocolate making.

"We are not speaking in the dozens, we are speaking in the hundreds, several hundreds" of foreign intelligence officers and agents in Brussels, he told the Brussels-based website Euobserver in what is said to be his first interview with the international media.

"In Belgium, espionage, Russian espionage and from other countries, like the Chinese, but also others,is at the same level as the Cold War ... We are a country with an enormous concentration of diplomats, businessmen, international institutions - NATO, European institutions. So for an intelligence officer, for a spy, this is a kindergarten. It's the place to be," Winants was quoted saying. (more)

Personal Spy Cameras Have a Long History

Just for fun, here are four of the...
13 Hidden Spy Cams That Might Be Watching You Right Now

Friday, September 14, 2012

Security Director Alert - BYOD is way different than BYOB - Time to learn.

BYOD is an acronym the IT folks are using. It means Bring Your Own Device; the security process for allowing employees to use their personal electronics at work without jeopardizing company information or compromising the networks.

While IT continues to munch your lunch, take a moment to oversee their efforts. You have valuable insights to contribute. The last thing you want is to be left out of your own game. In fact, the security department should be the leader here, with IT carrying out your marching orders.

FREE Quick Study...
"Bring Your Own Device is here to stay. Don't be a lamb led to the slaughter, instead lead your users to the promised land of mobile device management.

1. Thou Shalt Allow BYOD
The rapid proliferation of mobile devices entering the workplace feels like divine intervention to many IT leaders. It's as if a voice boomed down from the mountain ordering all of the employees you support to procure as many devices as possible and connect them to corporate services en masse. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) was born and employees followed with fervor."

You can download the full version here... The Ten Commandments of BYOD It is an easy read, and provides a logical roadmap for instituting BYOD.

Of course, nothing is really FREE. You will be asked for your name, email, etc. I did it and found the trade-off worthwhile. Within minutes I received a polite email... "My name is John Kerestus Account Executive here with Fiberlink MaaS360..." with an offer to see a demo. Impressive response.

Other companies who offer BYOD solutions also provide "free" education. Do comics get the point across better than white papers and webinars? You decide...
White Paper 1
White Paper 2
White Paper 3 
White Paper 4

Have a wonderful weekend, find a cozy restaurant, and BYOB. ~Kevin 

Security Directors: FREE Security White Paper - "Surreptitious Workplace Recording ...and what you can do about it."   

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Emergency Phone - 15 Year Standby Battery Life

The $70 SpareOne emergency phone from Xpal Power, which uses a standard AA lithium battery, claims a standby time of up to 15 years. (10 hours talk time.)

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The phone has only the barest of features. No text, no Web, just phone calls and a dedicated 911 button. Indicators, like if you have a network connection, are provided by blinking colored lights. It saves a lot of power, but you’ll have to memorize what the color combinations mean.

The phone doesn’t even come with a SIM card, which you will need before you can use it, although you can make a 911 call using the emergency button even without the SIM card.

The phone is built for a GSM network, which means that in the United States it will work with T-Mobile, AT&T or companies that resell those networks. (more)

Bonus: It can not be infected with spyware. Too dumb. ~Kevin

Industrial Espionage? You decide...

Just coincidence? There are many car designers in the world, but how many could independently come up designs this similar for 2012-2013?

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"Ford puts a great deal of emphasis on styling with the new Mondeo, saying that its sports coupe profile provides “visual lightness.” The lines are more angular than previous versions with a sharper crease along the side breaking the lines and providing a bit of visual flair. Up front, there’s a trapezoidal grille like something stolen off an Aston Martin..." (more)

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Could they be right? 
You decide.

While you're deciding, think about this. What are you doing to protect your bright ideas, business strategies and private conversations? Help is available. Give Murray Associates a call.

False Security is Worse than a Healthy Sense of Caution

McAfee Social protection is a soon to be released app and browser plug-in for Facebook that gives users the ability to securely share their photos.

Product of a standard screen capture.
As it stands today, if you upload a photo to Facebook, anyone viewing that photo can simply download it or take a screen capture and alter or share it to their wherever they want, however they want. With McAfee Social Protection installed though, users viewing your images will not be able to copy or capture them. (more, with video) 

Just aiming a high-res cell phone camera at the screen defeats this app, of course. But here is the bigger issue here... security solutions that only partially work actually increase risk. In this case, people who believe in this app's effectiveness may now feel safe to post even riskier photos.

False sense of security examples abound in my field; eavesdropping detection gadgets, under-trained TSCM providers, window film to block electronic eavesdropping are but three.

Moral: No matter what security solution your employ – from "fully" effective to completely bogus – keep your healthy sense of caution. ~Kevin

Pool of Likely Phone-Hacking Victims Skyrockets

UK - The number of likely victims of phone hacking by people working for Rupert Murdoch's London media empire has jumped to more than 1,000, the top police officer working on the case said Tuesday.

Police have identified another 3,706 potential victims of illegal eavesdropping by journalists in search of stories, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers told lawmakers.

Authorities had earlier put the number of "likely" victims at around 600, but now say it is 1,069. (more)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Create Your Own Headline For This One...

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Ltd. has issued a report on cybersecurity that includes a pledge never to cooperate with spying in a fresh effort to allay concerns in the United States and elsewhere that threaten to hamper its expansion.

The report, written by a Huawei executive who is a former British official, calls for global efforts to create legal and technical security standards. It makes no recommendations for what standards to adopt but says current laws are inconsistent or fail to address important threats.

Huawei, founded by a former Chinese military engineer in 1987, has grown to become the world's second-largest supplier of telecoms network gear after Sweden's LM Ericsson. 

Suspicions that Huawei might be controlled by China's Communist Party or military have slowed its expansion in the United States and it was barred from bidding to take part in an Australian broadband project.

The company denies it is a security threat. (more)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Vector Technologies, LLC patent number 8203850 for an Anti-Eavesdropping Device

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Vector Technologies, LLC patent number 8203850 for an Anti-Eavesdropping Device, i.e. Portable Electronic Device (PED) Countermeasures Box.

Vector Technologies' product has already been purchased by various government agencies, including key defense agencies, defense contractors and the White House as a solution to the growing number of PEDs in the workplace and the grave technical espionage threat that PEDs pose to classified and sensitive information. (more)

Intercepting Unencrypted WiFi Not Wiretapping

A federal judge in Illinois has ruled that intercepting traffic on unencrypted WiFi networks is not wiretapping. The decision runs counter to a 2011 decision that suggested Google may have violated the law when its Street View cars intercepted fragments of traffic from open WiFi networks around the country.

The ruling is a preliminary step in a larger patent trolling case. A company called Innovatio IP Ventures has accused various "hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, supermarkets," and other businesses that offer WiFi service to the public of infringing 17 of its patents. Innovatio wanted to use packet sniffing gear to gather WiFi traffic for use as evidence in the case. It planned to immediately delete the contents of the packets, only keeping the headers. Still, the firm was concerned that doing so might violate federal privacy laws, so it sought a preliminary ruling on the question.

Federal law makes it illegal to intercept electronic communications, but it includes an important exception. It's not illegal to intercept communications "made through an electronic communication system that is configured so that such electronic communication is readily accessible to the general public." (more)

Watergate History: Ford Pardons Nixon

On Sept. 8, 1974, President Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former President Nixon.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Spy Project Corporate Espionage Case Settles Out Of Court

CO - Paragon Dynamics Inc., an Aurora defense contractor, is paying $1.15 million to settle allegations it stole bid information from Raytheon Corp. about spy agency projects over which the companies competed in 2009... 

Around July 31, 2009, an unidentified senior software director for Paragon used computer access to Raytheon’s systems in Aurora to obtain Raytheon’s bids for two NRO projects — code named Antietam and Savannah — plus other information, the settlement agreement says.

Security cameras caught the employee faxing some of the information to the president of Paragon Dynamics, who forwarded it to someone at a company Paragon partnered with to compete against Raytheon for the NRO’s Antietam contract, the government said. (more)

International Hotel Rooms: The Enemy's Gateway To Economic And Industrial Espionage

by Luke Bencie
"For most international business travelers, overseas hotel accommodations can conjure up an array of images. Depending on the region of the world they travel, frequent fliers know that lodging is never consistent.

For example, Southeast Asian hotels deliver a personal attention to detail that can only be found in the Orient, while hotels in the Middle Eastern Gulf states compete against one another through stunning opulence to attract powerful sheiks and wealthy oil barons. Closer to home, Latin America and Caribbean provide relaxing, tropical beach resort, while Europe still offers old world charm in quaint surroundings..."   Read the whole article here.

Mr. Bencie also conducts instructional seminars for executives who travel overseas. (more

If the above article applies to you, you should also read: 
Top Five Ways Business Executives are Spied Upon Overseas and How They Can Protect Themselves (Luke Bencie)
The Top Twenty Information Security Tips for Business Travelers to Closed Society Countries (Kevin D. Murray)
Staying Safe Abroad: Traveling, Working & Living in a Post-9/11 World (Edward Lee)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Spy Tie Helps Make the Collar

Are you a spy and in need of a new camera that others won’t notice? This Spy Camera Tie with Wireless Remote will help and make you a well dressed James Bond.

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It looks just like a regular tie, but it records audio & video. It comes with a remote control and a built-in 4GB DVR. The built in USB port makes it easy to transfer data. This spy gadget will record up to 3 hours per single charge so you can get plenty of footage.

($70 at

Why do I mention it?
So you will know what you are up against.

Saints Vindicated

LA - Louisiana State Police investigators have found no evidence that the Saints or general manager Mickey Loomis rigged Superdome wiring so opposing coaches' radio communications could be intercepted.

''This has been an intensive investigation, and after numerous interviews we have determined that there is no evidence that state laws have been violated,'' State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said Monday after meeting with Saints owner Tom Benson in New Orleans to brief him on the status of the probe.

State police investigators have been working in conjunction with the FBI since the eavesdropping allegations surfaced in news reports in April.

''We found no corroborating evidence that Mickey Loomis or anybody in the Saints was engaged in wiretapping or eavesdropping,'' Edmonson said. (more)

Fin for Fino - Argentine Ex-Police Chief Indited for Spying

Argentina - A court confirmed the indictment of former Metropolitan Police head Jorge “Fino” Palacios, who is accused of using the NOSIS system to spy on opposition city lawmakers...

The victims of the alleged spying were City lawmakers Silvia La Ruffa, Diana Maffia and Gonzalo Ruanova, and Patricio Datarmini, head of the City public employees union.

Palacios is accused of leading an illicit organization aimed at wiretapping opposition lawmakers. City Mayor Mauricio Macri is also accused of taking part of the illicit organization. (more)

Hello Moto - Ex-employee Sentenced for Spying

IL - A federal judge sentenced a Chinese-born American to four years in prison for stealing millions of dollars in trade secrets from Motorola, describing her as a soft-spoken, unassuming woman who carried out a ‘‘very purposeful raid’’ on the company in the dead of night.

In a barely audible voice and heavily accented English, 41-year-old Hanjuan Jin told the judge she was ‘‘so sorry for what happened’’ and pleaded for a second chance. Her lawyers had argued that she took the files merely to refresh her knowledge after a long absence from work and was not spying for China. They appealed for leniency and asked that Jin receive probation, in part because of her poor health. ( more)

But before you pull out your hankerchef...
Jin, who worked as a software engineer for Motorola Inc. for nine years, was stopped during a random security search at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport on Feb. 28, 2007, before she could board a flight to China. Prosecutors say she was carrying $31,000 and more than 1,000 confidential Motorola documents, many stored on a laptop, four external hard drives, thumb drives and other devices.