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Texas car dealer emailed compromising photos off of customer’s phone.

A Grapevine, TX, car salesman took a customer’s cell phone to obtain information on financing a new vehicle, and the customer later discovered that compromising photos of his wife had been emailed to a swingers website, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

December 7th, 2016|

Millionaire bugged his girlfriend, she ends up murdered.

A millionaire told police how he secretly bugged his escort girlfriend - and heard her bragging she was going to "do him over" for his money, a murder trial heard today. Property tycoon Peter Morgan, 54, put the listening device in the bungalow home of Georgina Symonds, 25, in the grounds of his castle. Mr Morgan allegedly strangled the mum-of-one with a ligature in January 2016.

December 7th, 2016|

Speakers as microphones. Software changes headphones into eavesdropping mics.

Researchers from the Negev Cyber Security Research Center of Ben-Gurion University have presented a paper explaining that the software controlling signals to headphone jacks in many computers can be altered or re-tasked to change the jack from an output to an input, thereby turning the earphones into potential microphones.

November 24th, 2016|

UK: Sportswear company bugs meeting of Members of Parliment during surprise investigation visit

Eavesdropping attempts may not always be well thought out, they could be spur of the moment opportunities. A camera recording with audio was found under a chair during a private meeting of MPs. British sportswear company Sports Direct was being paid an unannounced visit by members of the House of Commons' Business Select Committee. The MPs were there to insure that good working practices were being upheld by CEO Mike Ashley and the rest of the company.

November 8th, 2016|

Bugging news: DNC headquarters thinks they might have been bugged.

News journal Mother Jones has an exclusive report that the Democratic National Committee told the FBI that they may have found evidence their headquarters was bugged. Nov. 4, 2016 ...the Democratic Party recently informed the FBI that it had collected evidence suggesting its Washington headquarters [...]

November 6th, 2016|

Bugging news: devices found at Iran nuclear talks hotel, say Swiss officials

A number of computers at a five-star Geneva hotel that has hosted sensitive talks, including Iranian nuclear negotiations, were found to be infected with malware used for espionage, Swiss prosecutors have revealed. In Vienna, where the Iranian nuclear talks concluded in July 2015, the state prosecutor has launched two separate investigations into possible espionage. A spokesperson for the justice ministry told the Guardian that the two ongoing investigations were launched in June 2015 after bugging devices were discovered at Palais Coburg.

November 6th, 2016|