Corporate printer vulnerability via wifi – using drones and a Roomba…

Corporate offices often have centralized printers connected to their wired network for shared printing. That can sometimes be inconvenient so what’s a good assistant to do? Run out to the local office supply store to pick up an inexpensive desktop printer.  These printers usually have wifi built in and turned on by default. 

When sweeping corporate offices we regularly find such printers while performing our network inspection. The wifi is usually unsecure and open for anyone to log into.  If the staff (or executives) are using the wifi for their local printing, they then may be opening up themselves for hacking and spoofing as described in the Wired article below. [Read more of this post]

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Dissident Chinese artist finds his studio was bugged

Ai Weiwei has posted a number of pictures of what he says are listening devices found in his Beijing studio. The Chinese dissident artist captioned one photo of a bug on Instagram with “There will always be surprises”. His friend Liu Xiaoyuan confirmed the bugs were found after the artist returned from a trip to Germany. Xiaoyuan tweeted that they were found when redecoration started on Ai’s home and were found in the office and a living room.

This Instagram photo shows a listening device behind a plug socket in a wall

The pictures show the devices were hidden in electric sockets.… [Read more of this post]

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Old Israeli spy device found by Lebanese army

Times of Israel reports artificial rock containing camera, four batteries found in town near border; device said to date from before Israel’s withdrawal in 2001.

A device concealed in an artificial rock in the southern Lebanese town of Bani Hayyan. According to the Lebanese Army, the device is an Israeli surveillance camera. (screen capture: Lebanese Armed Forces Facebook page)

Soldiers from the Lebanese Armed Forces claimed Wednesday to have found a rock concealing an Israeli spying device in the south of the country.… [Read more of this post]

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Pennsylvania man admits to wiretapping and harassment

Pennsylvania is one of the twelve “all-party-consent” states, requiring that for a recording of a conversation to be legal, all parties in the conversation must give their consent to the recording. Defendant in this case recorded calls on his cell phone without the other parties’ permission. 

WEST CHESTER >> An East Goshen man who secretly recorded telephone conversations with his ex-wife, her attorney’s office, two police officers and others, and who also made profane telephone calls to a Common Pleas Court judge and officials in the Chester County Domestic Relations Office, has admitted his culpability in those crimes.… [Read more of this post]

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Philip Morris heiress claims estranged husband hacked her iPhone with spy app

From The Daily Mail


  • Anne Resnik is the daughter of late Philip Morris CEO Frank Resnik
  • She claims Crocker Coulson, father of her six-year-old twins, bugged her
  • Coulson ‘installed mSpy on her iPhone then accused her of cheating’
  • He then ‘left the app installed for four months until her lawyers found it’ 
  • The app tracks every text, email, location, photo and sends to a database
  • New York courts have impounded all of Coulson’s devices to investigate

A tobacco heiress claims her estranged husband hacked her phone with bugging equipment to eavesdrop on every call before he filed for divorce.… [Read more of this post]

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Winning at chess- use spy technology and Morse code.

Italian chess player allegedly uses a spy pendant containing a hidden camera to cheat during Italian tournament (

An Italian chess player has been expelled from one of Italy’s most important tournaments after he allegedly used Morse code and a spy pendant containing a hidden camera to communicate with an accomplice.

Arcangelo Ricciardi entered the International Chess Festival of Imperia ranked 51,366 in the world, but astonished rivals as he breezed through the early stages of the competition to reach the eighth and penultimate round.

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Visual hacking- something worth looking at

The new iPhone 6s touts a 12 megapixel camera and the Samsung Galaxy S6 a 16 megapixel camera. You can get a lot of detail with such a camera. It may be time for corporations to re-think their employee policies and restrict photography to help employees, managers, and executives understand the potential for information leakage and theft from photos taken around the office. A selfie taken at an office or cubicle could unwittingly expose confidential information from computer screens, calendars, or posted notes (how many cubicles still have passwords posted?)

A recent article by Dan Burks at looks into this problem.[Read more of this post]

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Sports: Ex-Patriots hinted that the locker room may be bugged – says Tony Dungy


On Thursday’s “Dan Patrick Show,” Tony Dungy — a regular on the program — casually threw out a very disconcerting bit of information about the Patriots’ intelligence gathering procedures. He made a point to say that this kind of stuff — which essentially amounts to spying — is not confined to New England. He’s just “heard” that it might definitively occur within the walls of Gillette Stadium.

Dan Patrick: “Did you think that your locker rooms were being spied on?”

Tony Dungy: “We had a few ex-Patriots that said, ‘You better be careful what you do in the locker room and what you say,’ and that kind of thing.[Read more of this post]

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Japan: Government taking steps to fight industrial espionage

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The National Police Agency will soon team up with the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry to fight industrial espionage.

Joint measures will include visits by police officers to about 10,000 domestic corporations with cutting-edge technology to give them advice, according to NPA sources.

Under the plan, which will be implemented as early as this autumn, companies with state-of-the art technology will also be provided with the latest information about how industrial spying is conducted, according to the NPA sources.… [Read more of this post]

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FBI offers video with insight into economic espionage

The FBI has recently produced a video called “The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets” that illustrates how a US company was targeted by foreign agents and how the company worked with the FBI to set up a sting operation to catch the perpetrators.

“Economic espionage is a problem that costs the American economy billions of dollars annually and puts our national security at risk. To raise awareness of the issue, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center have launched a nationwide campaign and released a short film aimed at educating anyone with a trade secret about the threat and how they can help mitigate it.”

The full Company Man video is about 36 minutes long, but the FBI also have other related videos that are worth looking into, including interviews with corporate attorneys, security directors, and FBI agents discussing the threat of corporate espionage.… [Read more of this post]

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