Interesting story of a man who listened to radio signals for a living. Mickey monitored the airwaves for the state-run Israel Radio and passed on information to his editors — and, sometimes, intelligence agents — to hijackings, invasions and revolutions, even intercepting a telephone call between the White House and Air Force One.
Analog audio was being transmitted from wired Clear-Com headsets. The signals were not intended to emanate in the air, but we were able to receive and demodulate the audio from at least 20 feet away.
Motivation for eavesdropping #139: Retaliation Against Employees. High school district police chief charged with eavesdropping.
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A camera was discovered on September 14 in the office of Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno when staff noticed a warm spot on the wall. Moreno later claimed that former President Correa was spying on him. The camera was apparently installed many years ago but his daily countermeasures sweeps didn't notice it.
CEO of robotics firm Medrobotics noticed a stranger in the conference room. The individual falsely claimed to be there for meetings with top executives but appears to have been a spy, going after their trade secrets.
Voice recognition systems built into your phone, computer, or other devices, such as Siri, Google Now, Cortana, or Alexa, can respond to ultrasonic sounds far above your hearing range. If a computer or smartphone has the voice features activated, the device could secretly be given commands to make phone calls, access malicious websites, or many other vulnerable features without the user being aware. This could be used for deliberate eavesdropping, surveillance, or other form of espionage attack.
An interesting article on WeLiveSecurity.com looks at the security risks that may come from allowing the use of smart phones in banks. The author is quick to point out that the same concerns can also apply to any corporate environment.
Alexa is not alone. Yes, the Amazon Echo was hacked and turned into a listening device. That shouldn't be too surprising, though. Spies have been hacking devices and appliances for decades. Here is a look at some of the hacks and modifications that have turned many common items into eavesdropping devices.
Magician Derek DelGaudio does a special type of show with strict policies against any type of recording in the theater, but someone in the audience was trying to steal his secrets.