Monday, April 14, 2014

EYE SPY- Google patents smart contact lens system with a built in CAMERA.

Google has patented a smart contact lens that could see its Glass wearable computer fit inside a smart lens.
The firm has already developed a contact lens for diabetics analyses their tears, warning them if their glucose levels are low.
Now it has revealed plans for a lens with a camera built in - opening the possibility of its Glass system being shrunk down significantly, offering features such as 'superzoom' to wearers and even helping the blind see.

According to PatentBolt, the system could even be used to help the blind see.
'For example, a blind person wearing Google's contact lens with a built-in camera may be walking on a sidewalk and approaching an intersection,' it says.
'The analysis component of the contact lens can process the raw image data of the camera to determine processed image data indicating that the blind person is approaching intersection with a crosswalk and establish that there is a car approaching the intersection.'

The lens also has wireless capabilities allowing it to link to a smartphone, which can be used to process data and give the user audio commands.
Google also says the system will be able to detect faces, potentially allowing the blind to recognise people.
The firm has already developed a smart lens capable of measuring the glucose level of diabetics.

Read more here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Microsoft discovers an on-campus peeping tom

On July 24, 2013, a Microsoft vendor employee working at the company's RedWest campus in Redmond had a piece of good fortune—he found a Muvi USB video camera just lying in the footpath between buildings. He picked up the camera, only later taking a look at the footage on the device, which revealed that his good fortune was actually evidence of a crime. The Muvi camera contained "upskirt" video footage of women climbing stairs or escalators—or sometimes just standing in checkout lines—and some of it had been shot on Microsoft's campus.
The vendor employee reported the incident to Microsoft Global Security, who took possession of the camera on July 26. To find the camera's owner, two Global Security investigators pulled up Microsoft's internal security camera footage covering the RedWest footpath. They began by locating the moment when the vendor employee walked into the frame, paused, and bent down to retrieve the camera off the ground. Investigators then rewound the footage to see who had dropped it.
At the 11:24am mark, they saw a man in a collared shirt and reddish pants walk out of a RedWest building and walk along the footpath. Then, at 11:25am, the vendor employee appeared and picked up the camera. At 11:26am, the man in the reddish pants suddenly returned to the picture. According to a later report from the Redmond Police Department, he was "rushing" back to the RedWest building he had just left and appeared "nervous, frantically looking around." He eventually used a keycard to re-enter the RedWest building.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Voyeur spied on colleagues through secret camera in air freshener

A pervert who used his company credit card to buy a camera to spy on female colleagues in the toilet has been sent to prison for 10 months.
Jonathon Canavon bought the camera, disguised as an air freshener, and placed it in the women’s cubicle at the BP oil refinery on the Isle of Grain.
The 32-year-old was jailed today at Maidstone Crown Court and was placed on the sex offender's register for 10 years. Canavon previously admitted voyeurism and 19 counts of theft totalling £7,595.40 from his employer at BP when he appeared before Medway magistrates, who chose to send the case to crown court for sentencing.
At an earlier hearing, the court heard his actions were discovered by one woman who spotted the freshener on a pipe while she was in the toilet and saw a blue light flashing.
She picked it up and found the camera inside. After accessing the memory card and viewing it, she was horrified to discover images of Canavon placing the device inside the cubicle.
Canavon, of Chestnut Avenue, Grays, Essex, was arrested when he arrived for his night shift later that day.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dirty tricks claims resurface as Project Smoke is revealed

CLAIMS that British American Tobacco (BAT) has been involved in corporate espionage in South Africa first surfaced in 2002 when a high court judge granted an Anton Pillar search and seizure order on the company’s local office.
At that time, tobacco rival Apollo, run by millionaire Hennie Delport, claimed that BAT had bugged his office at least three times.
In 2008, a research paper titled “BAT and the insidious impact of illicit trade in cigarettes across Africa”, drew evidence from internal BAT documents to argue that the company had been involved in smuggling cigarettes across Africa while ostensibly campaigning against the illicit trade in tobacco products.
Business Times has obtained documents in which government intelligence officials, understood to be from the State Security Agency, set out their plans for setting up a covert operation, Project Smoke, intended to uncover whether BAT had broken any laws.
The Project Smoke memorandum, marked “Private and confidential”, said that “initial evidence shows that [BAT] has advanced its corporate interests by systematically exploiting strategic opportunities to supply contraband cigarettes throughout Africa”.
The memorandum laid out a plan for finding evidence of BAT’s “complicity ... in the illicit trade in cigarettes”.
“The most effective way to collect information and intelligence within [the] industry is to trade in the market,” it said.
State Security Agency agents “set up” tobacco-related organisations to report on what was going on in the industry.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Secret spy satellite to launch Tuesday

A powerful Atlas 5 rocket is being readied for launch Tuesday afternoon to place a clandestine payload into space, possibly headed for geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth.
The United Launch Alliance-operated vehicle is capable of delivering 7,800 pounds directly into this type of orbit used by eavesdropping intelligence spacecraft.
Liftoff from Complex 41 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is planned for 2:48 p.m. EDT Tuesday (1848 GMT). The day's launch period extends to 3:35 p.m. EDT. There is a 40 percent chance of acceptable weather due to cloud cover. The launch is known simply as NROL-67, a classified satellite-delivery flight for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The NRO is the secretive government agency that controls the country's spy satellites.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hospital hit by screen-grab Trojan that attempted to steal 5,400 patient records

A US hospital has admitted suffering a mysterious malware attack that grabbed screenshots containing the personal data of 5,400 patients from hospital PCs before hiding them in an encrypted folder for probable transmission to criminals.
In a statement, the small Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs Colorado said that it had discovered the attack in January 2014, after which a third-party forensics firm identified the malware as a screen grabber that stored the data in an encrypted cache.
Each of the 5,400 patients whose details has been accessed was allotted a sub-folder, inside of which were grabs revealing different amounts of personal data including addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers, credit card data, patient numbers and discharge dates, the hospital said.

This drone can steal what’s on your phone

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The next threat to your privacy could be hovering over head while you walk down the street.
Hackers have developed a drone that can steal the contents of your smartphone — from your location data to your Amazon password — and they’ve been testing it out in the skies of London. The research will be presented next week at the Black Hat Asia cybersecurity conference in Singapore.
The technology equipped on the drone, known as Snoopy, looks for mobile devices with Wi-Fi settings turned on.
Snoopy takes advantage of a feature built into all smartphones and tablets: When mobile devices try to connect to the Internet, they look for networks they’ve accessed in the past.
“Their phone will very noisily be shouting out the name of every network its ever connected to,” Sensepost security researcher Glenn Wilkinson said. “They’ll be shouting out, ‘Starbucks, are you there?…McDonald’s Free Wi-Fi, are you there?”
That’s when Snoopy can swoop into action (and be its most devious, even more than the cartoon dog): the drone can send back a signal pretending to be networks you’ve connected to in the past. Devices two feet apart could both make connections with the quadcopter, each thinking it is a different, trusted Wi-Fi network. When the phones connect to the drone, Snoopy will intercept everything they send and receive.
“Your phone connects to me and then I can see all of your traffic,” Wilkinson said.