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

Mirror.co.uk

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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Future watch: secure fiber optics

Scientists Create Secure Communications By Slowing Down Light

Ubergizmo.com

Have you always wanted a more secure way of transmitting your information and not be worried about it being intercepted or eavesdropped along the way? While there are various security measures available at the moment, such as encryption, scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have come up with a way that could technically make eavesdropping impossible.

How they achieved this is by slowing down the speed of light from its typical speed of 300 million meters per second to a much more manageable 180kmph, and they did this using fiber optics which is a system that is currently in place around the world, thus making their findings even more applicable and viable.… [Read more of this post]

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Turkish beauty queen’s bedroom ‘bugged by in-laws’

Hurrieyt Daily News

A former Turkish beauty queen has sued her former in-laws for bugging her bedroom with the help of her ex-husband, according to a local media report.

Sinem Sülün and the bug in the power socket.

Sinem Sülün, who was crowned Miss Model Turkey in 2005 and was runner-up at Miss Turkey-Universe in2007, divorced her husband Mustafa Yüksel last month. She was awarded 200,000 Turkish Liras in compensation and 2,500 liras as a monthly alimony after the divorce.

Daily Milliyet reported on April 1 that the divorce case led to a fierce argument between the two sides, after Sülün claimed that her husband and his parents had illegally wiretapped their private conversations by bugging a power socket in their bedroom.… [Read more of this post]

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“Spy Wednesday” – Trusted advisors can become internal threats- for thirty pieces of silver.

The Wednesday before Easter is known to many as “Spy Wednesday”. It is recognized as the day on which Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus. It can serve as a reminder that internal threats and betrayal can lead to very serious damages indeed!

Judas receives thirty pieces of silver.

 

“…The Wednesday before Easter is known as Spy Wednesday. The name comes from the Bible passage read in churches on that day,which explains the role that Judas Iscariot played in bringing about Jesus’death.[Read more of this post]

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