The effects of bugging an office, 12 years later, FBI bugger reflects on Phila incident.

A bug in your office could hurt you in many ways. Theft of information is one, but the revelation that the bugging took place can have other ramifications as well. The discovery of an FBI bug in the mayor’s office by the Philadelphia Police, may have cost the opponent his election- even though he had nothing to do with it at all.

If you suspect that listening devices may have been installed in your office or conference room, the inspection and any follow up investigation needs to be handled very discretely.[Read more of this post]

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Happy 101st Birthday of Hedy Lamarr, and thanks for frequency hopping.

November 9, the Google Doodle (on Google’s home page) celebrated the birthday of Hedy Lamarr, born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, 9 November 1914 – 19 January 2000.

She is most known for being a beautiful movie star, but she was also a talented inventor who helped develop spread spectrum frequency hopping technology, used in World War II. Though the US Navy did not adopt the technology until the 1960s, the principles of her work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi, CDMA and Bluetooth technology.… [Read more of this post]

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Did Anti-Francis Cabal Plant a Spy in the Vatican?

The Daily Beast reports:

VATICAN CITY — For many inside the Vatican, Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui was trouble from the start. The willowy 32-year-old brunette raised eyebrows almost immediately in 2013 when, at 30, she was handpicked by Pope Francis as the only laywoman on an eight-memberadvisory panel called the Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See.

On Monday, the Vatican confirmed that Chaouqui, along with a Spanish monsignor named Lucio Vallejo Balda, who was the secretary of COSEA, had been arrested for leaking documents to journalists.… [Read more of this post]

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Ohio dispatcher resigns following eavesdropping investigation


LORAIN, Ohio — A Lorain police dispatcher handed in her resignation after officials said she eavesdropped on a call between her supervisor and another dispatcher and improperly accessed her co-workers’ schedules.

LeeAnne Failing — who is married to Lorain Police officer Lt. Michael Failing — used her husband’s password to access a feature in the police department’s dispatching software to listen to a call, an internal investigation shows.

Michael Failing faces a 30-day unpaid suspension for letting his wife use his username and password, according to a report. … [Read more of this post]

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China: Spywatch, keeping an eye on your neighbors, dial 12339 to report a spy.

New York Times reports:

Seen a Spy? With New Hotline, China Invites You to Call It In

To the tangle of emergency phone numbers in China — 110 for the police, 119 for fire, 120 for ambulance — add another: dial 12339 to report a spy.

The spy hotline made its debut in the northeastern province of Jilin on Sunday, according to a report in the state-controlled newspaper Jilin Daily, one year after the Chinese authorities introduced a new counterespionage law.… [Read more of this post]

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Deutsche Telekom gets into TSCM, emphasizing the seriousness of eavesdropping and wiretap protection.

from, Netherlands, 11/2/1015

Deutsche Telekom offers wiretapping protection for companies

Deutsche Telekom announced that it is helping companies to protect sensitive information with specialist technicians screening offices and conference rooms for eavesdropping technology and weak spots. X-rays of harmless-looking objects such as coffee pots, telephones and PC mouses are taken. The system examines USB sticks, electrical sockets and wires, scan hollow spaces with telescopic and endoscopic cameras and measure radio frequencies to find hidden transmitters. They can even detect unsecured DECT equipment.… [Read more of this post]

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Tech alert: Hacking Siri or Google Now through radio waves

Researchers in France have found that by beaming radio waves at the headset wire attached to a smart phone, they can modulate the radio waves to cause the signals in the headset wires to interpret it as voice, thus triggering the voice commands of Siri or Google Now services.

A lot of things have to be right for this to work- the smart phone must have a wired headset, the headset must have a microphone, (give them time, Bluetooth may be next), and the radio signal needs to be a powerful signal broadcast nearby with a large antenna, and you need to be oblivious to your phone suddenly reacting to unknown forces.… [Read more of this post]

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Espionage in history: How Soviets used IBM Selectric keyloggers to spy on US diplomats

Interesting article from discusses the sophisticated bugging efforts made by the Soviet Union during the Cold War era. The information was revealed in 2012, with the original document published by the NSA available here, from the Center Cryptologic History.

A National Security Agency memo that recently resurfaced a few years after it was first published contains a detailed analysis of what very possibly was the world’s first keylogger—a 1970s bug that Soviet spies implanted in US diplomats’ IBM Selectric typewriters to monitor classified letters and memos.… [Read more of this post]

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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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