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Report Slams Automakers for Leaving Cars Vulnerable to Hackers

February 11, 2015

Since hackers first began demonstrating that they could take over cars’ digital systems to slam on brakes or hijack steering, most automakers have done everything they can to avoid publicly discussing whether their vehicles are vulnerable. Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey, however, has demanded answers on that car-hacking question. Now he’s released his findings: the answers […]

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Video surveillance growth set to exceed 10% in 2015

The global video surveillance industry can defy conventional market logic, resist product commoditisation and still grow by more than 10 percent in 2015, according to a new white paper from IHS.The global market for video surveillance equipment was worth an estimated $15.0 billion by the end of 2014, up from $13.5 billion in 2013. By […]

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China Demands Tech Companies to give them Backdoor and Encryption Keys

February 5, 2015

A number of western companies are doing big business in China, but now they may have to pay a huge value for to do so. China has introduced strict new banking cyber security regulations on western companies selling technology to Chinese banks. The Chinese government wants backdoors installed in all technologies that imports into the […]

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NEW YORK — Three men accused in the latest Russian spy case

February 2, 2015

 didn’t hide behind fake identities and weren’t stealing military secrets. The evidence even suggests they were annoyed that their assignment wasn’t more like a James Bond film. Their alleged plot to dig up “economic intelligence” on possible banking penalties and alternative energy sources may not be the stuff of Hollywood movies, but U.S. authorities insist […]

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What could they know about me?

Prism and privacy By Tom de Castella and Kayte Rath BBC News Magazine Leaked documents have suggested the US government is able to access details of smartphone and internet activity under the Prism scheme. But what can be found out about users in the UK and what other information is held? The Prism allegations suggest […]

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What’s bugging ministers about phone taps?

January 31, 2015

Despite a crackdown on terror suspects, Britain stands almost alone in the West in barring phone tap evidence from being heard in court. Why? Phone tapping is a common weapon in the armoury of detectives and government spies, so it may come as a surprise to learn that evidence from telephone taps cannot be used […]

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We have got you under your skin

Want to gain entry to your office, get on a bus, or perhaps buy a sandwich? We’re all getting used to swiping a card to do all these things. But at Epicenter, a new hi-tech office block in Sweden, they are trying a different approach – a chip under the skin. Felicio de Costa, whose […]

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Scotland’s councils using covert surveillance

Councils in Scotland have used surveillance cameras hundreds of times in the past three years. A BBC Scotland investigation has discovered Scottish councils have used covert surveillance powers designed to combat serious crime and terrorism on more than 500 occasions in the past three years. In some cases the surveillance, including bugging and the use […]

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Teenager Arrested For X-Mass Attacks on PlayStation and Xbox

January 20, 2015

  Both services went down around Christmas An 18-year-old has been arrested in England for his alleged involvement in denial-of-service attacks that crippled Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network over the winter holidays. In a denial of service attack, loads of bogus traffic are sent to a targeted server in hopes of knocking it […]

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DEA Admits to 10-Year Spying Operation

January 18, 2015

For 15 years, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency had been collecting information on international calls between the United States and certain countries. For at least six of those years, AT&T was in bed with the DEA, supplying them with phone data from as far back as 1987. AT&T was so cozy with the DEA that AT&T employees would be farmed out to several cities across the country […]

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Cheap USB wall charger that is capable to eavesdrop on almost any Microsoft wireless keyboard

January 14, 2015

Security researcher has developed a cheap USB wall charger that is capable to eavesdrop on almost any Microsoft wireless keyboard. MySpace mischief-maker Samy Kamkar has released a super-creepy keystroke logger for Microsoft wireless keyboards cunningly hidden in what appears to be a rather cheap, but functioning USB wall charger. The stealthy Arduino-based device, dubbed “KeySweeper“, looks and functions […]

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Beware the coffee shop hacker

January 12, 2015

New breed of cyber criminal spies on your laptop by listening to signals even when it’s OFFLINE Georgia Institute of Technology researchers reveal new hacking method They say hackers can ‘listen in’ to signals emitted by laptops and phones This means, even when offline, they could find out what you are doing It is very […]

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Chinese spy chief Ma Jian detained as corruption crackdown widens

Investigators detain deputy state security minister Ma Jian in probe believed linked to mainland tech firm Founder Group Ma Jian has been detained over alleged corruption. Photo: SCMP Ma Jian, one of the mainland’s top spy chiefs, has been detained over alleged corruption as part of President Xi Jinping’s ever-widening crackdown on graft, sources with […]

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Meet The Super-Hawkish North Korean General Thought To Be Behind The Sony Hack

January 10, 2015

The US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has named the North Korean official who he believes to be personally behind the Sony hacks. Clapper announced at a cybersecurity conference that he suspects North Korean General Kim Yong Chol to have been behind the attack. This is not the first time that Kim, a four-star general in […]

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Campaign group warns women to guard against ‘spyware’ which tells a suspicious husband or boyfriend how they use device

Bugging of phones by jealous partners ‘rife’: Bugging of phones by jealous partners ‘rife’: Campaign group warns women to guard against ‘spyware’ which tells a suspicious husband or boyfriend how they use device Spying on spouses through phone ‘spyware’ is rife, pressure groups say Bugging systems can tell suspicious partner how they are using phones […]

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The Mayor wants a better sound barrier between his office to prevent eavesdropping

Toronto’s new mayor, John Tory, came to power on a pledge to build bridges, but inside his city hall office, he’s putting up better walls. Turns out the divider between Mr. Tory’s boardroom and the office next door – occupied by none other than former mayor Rob Ford – is in need of an upgrade. […]

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Meet The Super-Hawkish North Korean General Thought To Be Behind The Sony Hack

The US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has named the North Korean official who he believes to be personally behind the Sony hacks. Clapper announced at a cybersecurity conference that he suspects North Korean General Kim Yong Chol to have been behind the attack. This is not the first time that Kim, a four-star general in […]

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Police Bugged Drug dealer’s Van

A DRUG trafficker has been caught red-handed talking about major heroin deals after police surveillance teams bugged his van. Jason Forbes, 30, and co-accused Edmond Reid and their associates became the target for an extensive surveillance operation, a court heard yesterday. A listening device was deployed in Forbes’ Volkswagen Caddy van during the monitoring operation […]

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2014 was a golden year for cybercrime

January 9, 2015

Looking back, 2014 was not a good year for keeping things safe under digital lock and key. If a score was being kept, it might seem that the cybercriminals are in the lead, despite the valiant efforts – and own goals – from the cybersecurity profession worldwide. Cast your mind back to March, everyone was panicking […]

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Nike v Adidas spying, subterfuge and stolen sneakers, battle of the boots

December 22, 2014

Germany’s Mario Götze, right, celebrates with André Schürrle after scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Argentina in July’s World Cup final. Götze wore an Adidas uniform but Nike cleats. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images) By Drew Harwell December 10 The massive heist from the world’s biggest sportswear firm was, as Nike attorneys allege, an inside job. […]

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Journalist of the Year, Michael Clifford story about the alleged bugging of the Garda Ombudsman’s Office.

December 16, 2014

Irish Examiner journalist Michael Clifford has scooped two awards, picking up the gong for Story of the Year and Journalist of the Year at the Tonight With Vincent Browne Political Awards 2014. Mr Clifford won the honours for his outstanding coverage of the garda whistleblowers’ scandal and its epic fallout, including the resignation of garda […]

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Hackers Promise ‘Christmas Gifts.Sony’s Hack Story Keeps Getting Worse

Hackers have released the seventh part of stolen images from Sony Pictures’ archives. “Guardians of Peace” group wrote “We are preparing for you a Christmas gift,” in Pastebin. Sony’s hacking nightmare is getting worse with each hacker document released. The hacker group, calling themselves Guardians of Peace, posted a message to the file-sharing site, Pastebin. […]

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3 people held over bugged IRA meeting

Detectives investigating alleged dissident republican meetings that were bugged by MI5 have arrested three more men. Two of the suspects, aged 41 and 54, were detained in the Newry area of Co Down while the other, aged 44, was arrested in the South Armagh area. Last month, 12 men were arrested in a dramatic raid […]

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Bugging devices found in government buildings in Oslo,prompting spying probe

December 15, 2014

Norwegian police are investigating a possible spying operation by a foreign power after electronic devices designed to intercept telephone conversations were discovered near government buildings. In its own two-month investigation, the daily newspaper Aftenposten detected signals from several surveillance devices that had been placed near the prime minister’s offices, the central bank, parliament and major company headquarters. […]

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Strike back form Sony as they go after data thieves

December 11, 2014

Summary:Sony’s security failure has been devastating, but the company is turning to technology in an attempt to halt downloads of its confidential data. By Charlie Osborne for Zero Day | December 11, 2014 — 13:01 GMT (13:01 GMT) The cyberattack which struck Sony last week has caused chaos, but the firm is fighting back. Sony was the victim of a […]

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