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.
Bugging device with recorder and microphone was discovered in the union staff lounge at LG Chem, South Korea's leading chemical firm. The company was in the process of negotiating salaries at the time of the discovery.
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 [...]