Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Get Ready for a Wild Security Ride in 2020

Drones are considered mainstream business tools and are used from surveillance and delivery to agriculture and mining.

In 2020, we will see hackers trying to find out what drones know, said Lavi Lazarovitz, group research manager at Cyberark. This information can be vital for intelligence gathering, government control, corporate espionage, and more. It also means CDOs need to consider a security framework when introducing devices like drones from the onset. (and other issues) more

Now Santa's Toys Know if You Are Naughty or Nice

Christmas is over, which means there may be a few extra toys for children in the house.

Cybersecurity experts are warning parents to pay attention to what kinds of toys their children are playing with, saying some could be capable of doing much more than what you're aware of.

...toys with Bluetooth or that can connect to Wi-Fi have the potential to not only spy on those playing with them but could also collect data later capable of predicting children's thoughts and behaviors. more

This Month in Spycam News

UK - A school caretaker who installed a hidden camera in a toilet used by female teachers was sentenced to prison after the device recorded him committing the crime... When investigators searched Stupples' house, they discovered 76 videos and nearly 150,000 photos recorded from 50 separate instances of people using the toilet... Even as Stupples initially denied installing the hidden camera, his defense soon fell apart after prosecutors told the court how the accused was "very clearly visible" in one of the videos that showed him installing the device. more

US - Charges are expected to be filed Friday against a one-time registered sex offender suspected of mounting a small video camera inside a grocery store bathroom in Cathedral City. more

US - A Georgia army officer with high-ranking clearance has been arrested on charges of distribution of child pornography after an FBI agent caught him sharing nude pictures of a teenage relative captured via a spy camera. more

CA - A 56-year-old Owen Sound man is facing voyeurism charges after police allege he had been secretly filming a resident for months. Detectives with the Owen Sound Police uncovered a video camera that had been hidden in a fake heating vent in the washroom of an apartment... Police say the man worked maintenance for the building in which the incident occurred and allege the camera was installed in anticipation of a new tenant moving into the unit earlier this year. more

UK - A "deviant" voyeur secretly filmed a woman trying on a dress in a supermarket changing room - but was caught when her nine-year-old daughter saw what was happening. more


Friday, December 27, 2019

Walt Disney World Employee Charged with Illegal Recording

A Walt Disney World employee made an illegal audio recording of her interview with Disney security officials while being questioned about thefts at the theme parks, according to prosecutors.

Alicia Reese later shared that secret recording with Patrick Spikes, a former Disney employee who is accused of breaking into a theme park attraction and stealing props, deputies allege.

Prosecutors have charged Reese with an illegal interception of oral communications, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Reese and Spikes have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Reese, who had been an employee of ESPN Club restaurant at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, was interviewed by two Disney security investigators in March about thefts from the company. more

Thursday, December 26, 2019

The 11 types of business failure – and how you can learn from the mistakes of others

Founders and business professionals can learn a lot about the failure landscape from Robin Banerjee’s new book, Who Blunders and How: The Dumb Side of the Corporate World. The eleven chapters are written in a conversational style and span 265 pages, full of examples, analysis and tips...

(Guess what made the list.)
Some rivalries between business groups have led to allegations of unethical advertising practices, and even corporate espionage... more

It's easy to "blunder" when it comes to corporate espionage. By definition, espionage is a covert practice. Because you don't see it, you don't believe it is happening. Successful espionage is invisible. Only failures make the news. Successful corporations employ specialists to monitor for espionage.

The Top 200 Worst Passwords of 2019

Independent researchers, who requested to stay anonymous, compiled and shared with us a list of 200 most popular passwords that were leaked in data breaches just this year. The database is quite impressive — 500 million passwords in total. And if you think that’s a lot of leaked passwords, we have some bad news for you — it’s just the tip of the iceberg. more

Here are the Top 20 to get you started...

Top 2020 New Years Resolution... Fortify your passwords.

World's Smallest Video Camera (unfreakinbelieveable!)

This company in Taiwan has been reducing the size of video cameras year after year. I would like to say this is the smallest possible, but they continue to surprise.

If you have privacy concerns caused by the flood of covert video surveillance cameras, stop by here and learn how to fight back.

Trend Micro Reveals Security Worries for 2020

In 2020, tried-and-tested cyber crimes – such as extortion, obfuscation and phishing – will remain, but new risks will inevitably emerge.

Full 5G implementations will introduce new security threats and the increased migration to the cloud will see more organizations facing risks from their cloud and supply chain.

In addition, the sheer number of connected assets and infrastructures will open doors to threats, and fake images, videos, or audio will be used to manipulate enterprise business procedures.

This is according to a new report from security firm Trend Micro, titled: “The New Norm: Trend Micro Security Predictions for 2020.”

...of special interest to our clients...
IOT devices used for espionage, extortion.
Machine learning and AI will be abused to listen in on connected devices like smart TVs and speakers to snoop on personal and business conversations, which can then provide material for extortion or corporate espionage. more