Sunday, January 30, 2011

'Archer' Season 2: The Smartest, Smuttiest, Silliest Spy Satire on TV Returns
As with most great comedies, especially of the cartoon variety, to describe FX's spy satire Archer on premise alone is to greatly undersell it. Sure, there's international espionage, jokes about code names and turtlenecks and bomb diffusion, and Get Smart-esque assassins screwing everything up before saving the day at the last possible second. Video & More...

French spooks become embroiled in Renault's spy saga
THE Renault spying saga has taken a new turn with the car maker accusing France's intelligence agency of sabotaging its reputation.

Jean Reinhart, Renault's lawyer, said that the Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence had leaked details of the inquiry into accusations of industrial espionage.

He claimed it had done so in revenge for being kept in the dark by the company when the allegations first surfaced last year.

The comments came as it emerged that French secret services had searched Renault's offices this week to try to shed light on claims that three of its executives had sold confidential information on electric vehicles to Chinese spies.

Michel Balthazard, vice-chairman of pre-engineering; Bertrand Rochette, head of pre-projects; and Matthieu Tenenbaum, the deputy head of Renault's electric vehicle program, were dismissed after an internal investigation.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Woman accused of bugging ex-boyfriend's car seat

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Investigators believe a woman bugged a child's car seat to keep tabs on her ex-boyfriend.

Jamie Mesang is accused of duct taping a digital recorder underneath a car seat that belongs to her ex. Police say he became suspicious when Mesang started texting him about things she shouldn't have known about.

Eventually, he took apart his son's car seat and found the recorder. She's been charged with a felony and will be in court in March.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Former Cabinet Minister claims his phone was bugged as phone hacking probe widens

A former Cabinet Minister today poured fuel on the phone hacking scandal by claiming his phone was bugged a decade ago.

Nick Brown says he thinks his calls were intercepted around the time the News of the World outed him as gay.

The politician, who was Chief Whip for Tony Blair when he first came to power, said five years later police also warned him calls from his mobile might have been intercepted.

He said: 'I picked up a landline telephone very quickly ... to make another call straight away.

'And the line clicked and then I heard my last conversation played back to me, which was quite eerie. I got on to British Telecom straight away,' he told the Newcastle Journal.

'They said the line showed every signs of having been intercepted manually, not through scanners. It was an amateurish attempt involving the physical intervention of the line with a recording device.'

Mr Brown added that he 'assumed' the hacking was carried out by someone working for a newspaper.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Former Spy With Agenda Operates a Private C.I.A.
WASHINGTON — Duane R. Clarridge parted company with the Central Intelligence Agency more than two decades ago, but from poolside at his home near San Diego, he still runs a network of spies. Over the past two years, he has fielded operatives in the mountains of Pakistan and the desert badlands of Afghanistan. Since the United States military cut off his funding in May, he has relied on like-minded private donors to pay his agents to continue gathering information about militant fighters, Taliban leaders and the secrets of Kabul’s ruling class. Hatching schemes that are something of a cross between a Graham Greene novel and Mad Magazine’s “Spy vs. Spy,” Mr. Clarridge has sought to discredit Ahmed Wali Karzai, the Kandahar power broker who has long been on the C.I.A. payroll, and planned to set spies on his half brother, the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, in hopes of collecting beard trimmings or other DNA samples that might prove Mr. Clarridge’s suspicions that the Afghan leader was a heroin addict, associates say.

Mr. Clarridge, 78, who was indicted on charges of lying to Congress in the Iran-contra scandal and later pardoned, is described by those who have worked with him as driven by the conviction that Washington is bloated with bureaucrats and lawyers who impede American troops in fighting adversaries and that leaders are overly reliant on mercurial allies.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

‘My colleague was a Russian spy’

For eight years I worked with one of the Russian spies arrested in the US last summer. I am an investigative journalist, and yet I had no clue.

I met Vicky Peláez in 2002 when, according to the FBI, she was already working for the Russian Federation. She had emigrated from Peru to the US in the mid-1980s with her husband, and got a job on El Diario La Prensa, New York’s largest Spanish-language newspaper. That’s where we met, after I started work there as a reporter. She was a columnist, well-known for her anti-American views and her support of radical movements in Latin America – some colleagues nicknamed her la Talibana.

But apart from her political activism, she just looked like a typical New York suburban mom in her fifties. When she wasn’t talking about politics, we chatted about her two sons, one of whom was a classical pianist; her two schnauzers; how expensive the city was or how to lose weight. She was a terrific cook who loved to make ceviche.


North Hills Doctor Jailed for Potty Spy Cam

A North Hills cardiologist has been sentenced to 45 days in Nassau County jail for spying on patients and employees with a hidden camera in the bathroom of his Manhasset office.

Vincent Pacienza was convicted last June of unlawful surveillance, a felony. Pacienza surrendered his medical license and will serve five years probation after he is released.

Prosecutors said the 54-year-old ex-doctor told female employees he would be installing an air purifier in the restroom but the device, which faced the toilet, contained a hidden wireless camera with a direct video feed to a monitor underneath Pacienza’s desk.


Jury Awards $476,200 Against IRS Agent for Serially Spying on Female Tenant
Landlord has to pay $476,200 for spying on his young female tenants by means of a micro video camera hidden in a DVD player he provided with the rental.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, January 18, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- On January 13, 2011, a jury awarded damages of $476,200.00 against Kenneth Wayne Ryals, a landlord who had serially spied on his young female tenants by means of a micro video camera hidden in a DVD player he provided with the rental. Mr. Ryals, who is an Internal Revenue Service agent, had confessed to the Davie Police Department that he had watched Plaintiff for his viewing pleasure In response to discovery in the civil suit, Mr. Ryals repeatedly asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Further, despite the pendency of the lawsuit, Mr. Ryals willfully destroyed all the physical evidence in the case, eleven pieces of electronic equipment, including the spy cam that he had hidden in the plaintiffs bedroom.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Your Boss is Likely Spying on You

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For many, it's become second nature to head straight to Facebook or Twitter to complain or gloat about daily life or current events. But with more employers using software to keep tabs on employees, your harmless rant or online search could cost you your job.

"I don't post anything stupid. I'm always aware," said Chicagoan Glen Busch.

He never thought any of his random thoughts on the Internet would cause him any trouble. But that's exactly what he got when he took to Facebook and commented on the shooting in Tucson:


New Hack Turns Smartphones Into Covert Spying System

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Your phone is a covert spy device, secretly listening to and recording everything you say -- or at least, it could be, according to new research that has uncovered a smartphone hack affecting both Androids and iPhones.

The auto-answer feature installed on most smartphones can be hacked to transform the phone into a listening machine, based on research by Ralf-Philipp Weinmann that shows a way hackers can break into the phone's baseband processor--which sends and receives radio signals on the cellular network--by exploiting bugs in the firmware of its radio chips.

"I will demo how to use the auto-answer feature present in most phones to turn the telephone into a remote listening device," Weinmann told InfoWorld in an e-mail.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Protecting against industrial espionage
How do you prevent competitors from stealing your ideas?

When three executives at Renault in Paris, France, were suspended and accused of leaking key company information to China, it came as no surprise to those in the highly competitive automotive manufacturing industry.

While GM would not comment specifically on information about security initiatives citing competition, Jason Easton, corporate communications manager for General Motors of Canada Ltd., said “at GM of Canada we are very conscious of confidentiality and competitiveness issues. While many of these issues have always existed—automobiles are one of the highest technology retail products available to consumers—the mediums through which information can be transferred, and the speed at which this can happen, are the challenges that many companies face.”

Canadian Metalworking Online also contacted Ford Motor Company and Chrysler, but neither of the companies would provide comments about measures they take to protect against industrial espionage.

In the Renault case, the three executives were suspected of leaking information related to the company’s electric vehicle program. The multi-billion dollar program is a key part of Renault’s growth strategy and has been working with Japanese partner Nissan.

According to a Reuters press wire story on January 7, this isn’t the first time France’s car industry has been hit by information leaks. In 2007, a Chinese student doing a work placement at car parts maker Valeo was given a prison sentence for obtaining confidential documents from the automaker.

How do you protect your company and your manufacturing ideas from competitors?


Moscow raps British restrictions on Russian spy suspect

Moscow (CNN) -- Russia expressed concern Friday over restrictions by British authorities on Russian national Yekaterina Zatuliveter, who was arrested in Britain several weeks ago on suspicion of spying and faces possible deportation.

Zatuliveter, 25, a parliamentary assistant to Liberal Democrat Mike Hancock, has been questioned several times about her possible connections with Russian intelligence. She was detained in London early last month as a suspected "sleeper" agent spying in British Parliament.

"We are seriously concerned about the situation around Russian citizen Y. Zatuliveter, whose freedom has been restricted by the British authorities for six weeks now," the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday in a posting on its website.


After blaming China for having spied on its electric car making technique, Renault has now said that it is not going to participate in the 'escalating' matters surrounding the issue. It said that its staying away can be justified because it has already filed a criminal case saying that it is a victim in the so called industrial espionage.

The filing was done on Thursday against an unnamed person. In the filing, the car maker has also asked for the launch of a formal case and requested that the French secret service should be a part of it. Patrick Pélata, chief operating officer had said last week that an organized international network had spied on the technology of the company. There was some 'international interest' behind this and said that the suspicion fell on Chinese companies.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Industrial Espionage Allegations with Lithium Industry Implications
Last week, three executives from French automotive manufacturer Renault were suspended after being suspected of leaking information on its electric vehicle program to China.
The electric vehicle (EV) program is a key factor for the car maker's strategy. Combined together with Japanese partner Nissan Motor Co (TYO:7201) (PINK:NSANY) it is investing billions of euros in the project. A Renault-Nissan alliance was originally established in March 1999, serving as the first industrial and commercial partnership of its kind involving French and Japanese companies. Renault and Nissan announced that they are working together on EV development on December 22, 2006.

Lithium investors will appreciate that the stakes are elevated in these circumstances, with some analysts suggesting that electric and hybrid cars may grab as much as 10 percent of the European automobile market by 2020. In China, the government has already committed to investing heavily in the electric vehicle industry. Many analysts are expecting China to be at the leading edge of demand for these vehicles in the future as the domestic market for electric bikes and electric motorcycles already dwarfs demand from all other regions combined, and consists of 98 percent of the global market, despite being in the early adoption stage.

A senior employee at Renault has since denied any involvement in industrial espionage after allegations that the three executives leaked any such green car technology secrets. Michel Balthazard, who is vice-president of advanced engineering at Renault, said the company had not yet made any decision about whether to fire him.


RIM lets India snoop on BBM, corporate e-mail still safe

In its long-standing security debacle with the Indian government, Research In Motion on Thursday said it has found a way to grant security agencies access to the BlackBerry Messenger service and public e-mail.

Corporate e-mail services are still secure from prying eyes, however. Whether this solution is satisfactory and meets the target date of January 31 remains to be seen.

RIM is confident the standard meets the government's requirements, though corporate e-mail access is one that hasn't been met. RIM continues to stand by its statement that neither it nor its carriers can decipher the encryptions of these ultra-secure services.


Former cop in court on corruption charge

A former WA police officer has appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court accused off tipping off a police suspect that his phone was being bugged.

42-year-old Robert Critchley was working in the State Intelligence Division January last year when he is alleged to have told the person who was under investigation that his phone calls were being intercepted.

It is also alleged that between May 2009 and January 2010, Mr Critchley accessed the details of people on the police data base when he was not authorised to do so.

Police say the two incidents are not linked.

They say Mr Critchley, who had been with the force for six years, resigned in September last year after his alleged misconduct came to the attention of the Police Commissioner.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Google's Android More Vulnerable Than iPhone, Says Trend Micro

According to Trend Micro Inc., the world's largest corporate security software provider, devices running Google's Android mobile operating software are more vulnerable to hackers and viruses than are Apple's iPhone devices.

During a recent interview in Taipei, Trend Micro chairman Steve Chang told Businessweek about Android's potentially dangerous security flaw: Android is open-source, which means the hacker can also understand the underlying architecture and source code [...] We have to give credit to Apple, because they are very careful about it. [...] Apple has a sandbox concept that isolates the platform, which prevents certain viruses that want to replicate themselves or decompose and recompose to avoid virus scanners.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Former asst. county attorney arrested, charged with eavesdropping..

Former Assistant County Attorney Paras Desai was arrested by St. Johns County Sheriff's Office detectives Monday afternoon and charged with eavesdropping and eight counts of illegal interception of communication, all third-degree felonies.

Desai, 35, of St. Augustine, posted $8,000 bond about 4 p.m. today and was released.

A warrant was issued for his arrest last week, but Desai turned himself in to Sheriff's Detective George H. Harrigan Jr. on Monday, according to booking and offense reports.

The narrative in the warrant said, "The defendant intentionally intercepted oral communications without the consent of the victim. (He) secretly recorded a phone conversation with (county Environmental Division Director) Jan Brewer. The victim had no knowledge of the recording and did not give her consent."

All the intercepted communications -- essentially, recorded phone conversations -- that Desai is charged with allegedly occurred within the County Administration Building at 500 Sebastian View Way, the warrant said.


Friday, January 7, 2011

NY judge questions husband-wife calls on wiretaps

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge demanded the government explain itself Wednesday for eavesdropping on phone calls between an insider trading defendant and his wife in a case that was celebrated for its use of wiretaps.

U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in Manhattan ruled in favor of the government's right to wiretap insider trading suspects, but drew the line at the private chats between a husband and wife, saying it was the only area where he believed some suppression of the evidence might be warranted. He was the second judge to rule in favor of wiretap evidence in insider trading cases.

Sullivan ordered the government to respond in writing to claims by a lawyer for defendant Craig Drimal that 13 percent of his time on phones involved chats with his wife, including "deeply personal conversations about private marital matters." Drimal has pleaded not guilty.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Utah's $1.5 billion cyber-security "Spy" center underway

CAMP WILLIAMS — Today's groundbreaking for a $1.5 billion National Security Administration data center is being billed as important in the short term for construction jobs and important in the long term for Utah's reputation as a technology center.

"This will bring 5,000 to 10,000 new jobs during its construction and development phase," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said on Wednesday. "Once completed, it will support 100 to 200 permanent high-paid employees."

Officially named the Utah Data Center, the facility's role in aggregating and verifying dizzying volumes of data for the intelligence community has already earned it the nickname "Spy Center." Its really long moniker is the Community Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative Data Center — the first in the nation's intelligence community.

A White House document identifies the Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative as addressing "one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation, but one that we as a government or as a country are not adequately prepared to counter." The document details a number of technology-related countermeasures to the security threat.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Top Renault Execs Suspended On Espionage
Various sources are reporting today that three top Renault execs have been suspended on accusations of industrial espionage. Renault fears that they may have jeopardized its electric vehicle program, as on the execs was in charge of the company's EV development. This has further implications since Renault is developing the EV program in collaboration with Nissan. The electric vehicle development represents and investment of over 4 billion Euros.

Reuters reports that the three top Renault execs have been caught red-handed for industrial espionage. Apparently, someone inside the company alerted the management about the breach in security.
This led to the three managers being put under investigation.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Women were taped while disrobing

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Two women who say they were taped by hidden cameras as they undressed at a southwestern Pennsylvania tanning salon have filed a federal lawsuit against the business and its owner.

According to the suit filed Monday, one of the women learned of the tapings in July when she discovered video of her disrobing at Sunkissed Tanning and Spa had been uploaded to pornographic websites.

The suit claims other women were also taped in various states of undress through a hole in the ceiling of the East Huntingdon tanning salon between 2005 and 2007.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Anti-Eavesdropping iPhone Voice Communications Encryption Security App

In iPhone security news a new voice communications encryption iPhone security app stops eavesdropping, wiretapping and cell phone spys.

PRLog (Press Release)Dec 30, 2010 – A new iPhone personal and business related app has been launched to provide iPhone users with private, secure voice communications. The AES military grade voice communications encryption iPhone security app enables users to talk freely without the fear of their conversation being heard or recorded by any eavesdropping, wiretapping cell phone spys.

Visit for more information, screen shoots, specs and links to the iTunes app store secure purchase area.

The Kryptos voice communications security app utilizes 256 bit AES military grade encryption to encrypt cell phone calls between users. For added security the app uses 1024 bit RSA encryption during the symmetric key exchange. The Secure Voice Over IP (VoIP) application can provide VoIP connectivity for secure calls over several networks including 3G, 4G
and WiFi to protect business, personal and government related information secure, safe
and private.


Apple and Developers Sued Over Alleged 'Spying' Apps
Apple and several developers are facing two separate lawsuits filed for allegedly allowing apps on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch to gather information on users and allowing third-party advertisers access to personal information. The collection and unauthorized sharing of private user data was the subject of the first lawsuit, Freeman vs. Apple, filed in northern California federal court, which targets such applications as Pandora,, the Weather Channel, Toss It, Text4Plus, Talking Tom Cat and Pimple Popper Lite.

The second lawsuit, Lalo vs. Apple, filed in Federal court in San Jose, CA, seeks a class-action status for anyone who has downloaded an allegedly offending app between December 2008 and last week. Lalo vs. Apple targets Pandora, Paper Toss, the Weather Channel and Apple wasn't the only party sued. The developers who made the aforementioned applications were also named in the lawsuits.

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Midland police claim man hid baby monitor in neighbor's bedroom

MIDLAND — Authorities allege a Midland parolee hid a baby monitor under a dresser in his neighbor’s bedroom in order to spy on the couple.

Paul A. Rivard is charged with second-degree home invasion, larceny in a building, eavesdropping and aggravated stalking, according to reports.

Investigators also allege Rivard, 36, burned and buried clothing belonging to the neighbors, broke furniture and re-arranged items inside the house, according to reports.

The incidents allegedly occurred from August until November.

Rivard remains jailed on $250,000 cash or surety bond as he awaits a Jan. 4 pretrial conference before Midland County Circuit Judge Michael J. Beale, court records show.