A look into the anatomy of a bug. Reports reveal that a bugging device was found installed in a Coat of Arms plaque in the office of the Ghana Lands and Natural Resources Minister. A previous occupant of the office claimed to have installed the bugging device over two years ago for his own security, but for the past two years the office was occupied by someone else who was unaware of the bug's existence. A new minister who took office in January, 2017, had the TSCM sweep performed that found the bug.
One of the challenges that eavesdroppers have faced over the years is being able to provide long lasting power to their devices. Researchers at the University of Washington have developed what they call a battery-free cell phone. For power, the unit can use ambient light and radio "backscatter" supplied by a base station up to 50 feet away.
from CBC.ca May, 2017 A soldier at the Canadian military base in Oromocto, N.B., is facing several charges, including sexual assault, voyeurism and possession of child pornography, after electronic devices and videos were seized from his former residence near Washington, D.C., in February. The charges involve two [...]
This past week marks the 50 year anniversary of the Automated Teller Machine, and probably 50 years of fraud as well. Krebsonsecurity offers advice: You are far more likely to encounter ATM skimmers over the weekend when the bank is closed (skimmer thieves especially favor long holiday weekends when the banks are closed on Monday). Also, if you have the choice between a stand-alone, free-standing ATM and one that is installed at a fixed location (particularly a bank) opt for the fixed-location machine, which is typically more secure against physical tampering. Most ATM skimmer devices can still be foiled by simply covering the PIN pad while entering your PIN...
It doesn't take much to motivate someone to spy or eavesdrop. Spy devices are readily available to anyone with online access. Even those who should know better are willing to breach the privacy of others for their own benefit. Duty of care may require security sweeps be scheduled for law offices, accountants, and many other businesses who handle the confidential affairs of their clients. South Africa: Advocate Penny Hunt has been suspended from practicing as an advocate for six months. Judgment handed down on Tuesday that Hunt was responsible for instructing a surveillance technician, Houston Wayne Impey, to plant a “listening bug” in the ceiling of the advocates’ chambers. She was also accused of having a GPS tracking device attached to the car of a fellow advocate.
The targets of spies are not just big corporations. Sports teams and sporting events are rife with confidential information and adversaries looking to get an edge on their competition. Here are two recent reports, one on spying concerns at the America’s Cup in Bermuda and the other on the Lyons rugby team .