Waitergate, bug in the bread basket: A year later, four Polish government ministers and the speaker of parliament resign

From The Washington Post, 6/11/15

It began with something so small: a tiny microphone hidden near a dining table in a fancy Warsaw restaurant.

But after the bug caught Polish government ministers discussing private deals, Cuban cigars and off-color jokes — including a comparison of U.S.-Poland relations to oral sex — over expensive meals, a scandal that began as small-talk quickly spread. There were arrests, accusations of international spying and sealed documents leaked on social media.

On Wednesday, almost exactly a year after they first emerged, the secret recordings claimed their biggest scalp yet when four Polish government ministers and the speaker of parliament abruptly resigned.… [Read more of this post]

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Aircraft security: forgotten reports say French spies bugged Concorde passengers

Corporate aircraft should regularly be swept for listening devices.  It is a misconception to think that just because they are up in the air that conversations would be safe from eavesdroppers.  Recording devices, hidden microphones and video cameras, and even Wifi enabled devices could make their way into the passenger compartments where many confidential conversations may take place.

This article from The Register reflects on past concerns that the French government had bugged the passenger areas of their Concorde fleet. The precautions are even more significant these days.[Read more of this post]

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Key fob covert video recorder

Protecting your meetings: No Cell Phones Allowed; Steps to Consider

Security firm G4S began confiscating smart phones from share holders and journalists at it’s 2015 AGM (Annual General Meeting) in London after activists used them to record their protests and removal by security staff at last year’s event. Such events can not only be disruptive to the meeting but also damaging to shareholder relations.

A spokesman for G4S told the Guardian newspaper: “Last year we had a large number of protesters who were effectively staging demonstrations in the meeting and they were filming it.[Read more of this post]

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Tech alert: GOOGLE TONE Shares Links Using Beeps and Boops

If your computer starts sounding like R2D2, it may be sharing links to others within earshot. 

A report from Popular Science discusses a new Chrome extension that lets a computer share a URL with another computer using tones.

Popular Science, Jason Cipriani

Google Tone

A new Chrome extension, called Google Tone, released this week makes it possible to share a URL with another computer in the room using a series ofbeeps and boops. The concept is dead simple yet instantly instills a sense of disbelief.… [Read more of this post]

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NYC pranksters publish secretly-recorded public conversations to make point about privacy

WeAreAlwaysListening.com says:

Eavesdropping on the population has revealed many saying “I’m not doing anything wrong so who cares if the NSA tracks what I say and do?”

Citizens don’t seem to mind this monitoring, so we’re hiding recorders in public places in hopes of gathering information to help win the war on terror. We’ve started with NYC as a pilot program, but hope to roll the initiative out all across The Homeland.

Report from CBS News:

A group of anonymous anti-NSA activists claim to have placed hidden recording devices in restaurants, bars, gyms and cafes all around the city to eavesdrop on citizens’ private conversations.… [Read more of this post]

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South Africa: Increased corporate espionage concerns

Times Live, Graeme Hosken

Industrial espionage is at an all-time high in South Africa, with an increase in requests for debugging services coming from gaming firms, research and development companies and those tendering for multimillion-rand contracts.

Driving fear in the world of Spy vs Spy are tough economic times and the ease with which South Africans can buy listening devices online.

The unregulated eavesdropping industry had led to an apparent surge in spying by businessmen on one another, according to Justicia Investigations, a company specialising in surveillance.… [Read more of this post]

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Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy in devastating phone bugging setback


A Paris court says judges were correct to order the tapping of the former French President’s phones.

Compelling evidence Nicolas Sarkozy had been in the pay of Colonel Gaddafi meant judges were correct to order his phones to be bugged, the Paris appeals court has ruled.

In a devastating legal setback for the former French president, his lawyers failed to halt a criminal inquiry into the sleaze allegations. The phone tapping started in April 2013 following claims that Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign was bankrolled by Libya’s late dictator.… [Read more of this post]

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Where do you keep your passwords? Posted on your monitor for all to see on a TV documentary?

Reported in The Hacker News, the passwords and login credentials for a London railway station were posted on the top of a computer monitor and broadcast on a BBC TV documentary. Company security policies should include never displaying your credentials where they might be viewed by unauthorized personnel… or TV cameras!

The Weakest Link In the Information Security Chain is still – Humans.

And this news has ability to prove this fact right.
One of London’s busiest railway stations has unwittingly exposed their system credentials during a BBC documentary.
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US using anti-spy laws to fight trade secret theft

DES MOINES, Iowa—The criminal trial of a Chinese executive accused of stealing high-tech U.S. corn seeds is turning into a battle over the federal government’s use of an anti-spying law to fight industrial espionage.

U.S. prosecutors say Mo Hailong, an official with a Chinese agriculture company, participated in a multiyear scheme to pilfer seeds from test fields of U.S. agribusiness giants Monsanto Co. and DuPont Co. The prosecutors claim that Mr. Mo, who was arrested in December 2013 at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., and several alleged accomplices transported seeds back to China, sometimes secreted in boxes of Orville Redenbacher microwave popcorn.… [Read more of this post]

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Give us our daily bread… with cell phone inside.

Smuggling cell phones into secure areas can be a problem for security at prisons as well as in boardrooms or other confidential meetings. Perpetrators can go to great lengths to get access for the contraband items. An inmate in a prison in Perth received a loaf of bread that had been carved out to conceal a cell phone inside. Contact us if you need help preventing cell phones or other recording devices from entering your secure facilities.

from the Evening Telegraph, UK, 4/15/2015

Phone found in loaf as killer’s Perth Prison cell searched

A mobile phone was found in a loaf of bread within the cell of prisoner who murdered a woman from Montrose.… [Read more of this post]

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