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Corporate Espionage and Countermeasures News

News updates and articles are presented here regarding corporate espionage, eavesdropping, electronic countermeasures, and TSCM. Please subscribe for automatic updates by entering your email address in the box on the right. News posts generally come out once or twice per week. You can search past articles and view archives in the column on the right.

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Tech alert: Ultrasonic inaudible sounds can take over your phone or computer.

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.

September 7th, 2017|

TSCM Sweep discovers bugging device that had been in place for two years- Ghana

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.

July 12th, 2017|

Battery-free cell phone device could lead to long lasting bugs.

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.

July 7th, 2017|
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