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  • Is Your Mobile Phone Bugging You? (Seriously.)

    Is your mobile phone acting "funny," or not as fast as it once was? Have you noticed that someone seems to know more about what's going on in your life than they should? Do people say that they tried to call you, but your phone was busy (and you weren't using it)? Does your battery seem to be sucking more juice than usual?

    You can mark it down to coincidence, or it may mean that your phone has either been infected with a virus, or there's a program running on the OS that is "listening" to, and/or, recording your email, text messages, logging your calls, and conversations. Both are different in use and theory, but in both cases they're a security threat and nuisance. Read More

  • Copyright Office Unleashes iPhone; Legalizes Jailbreaking

    The U.S. Copyright Office announced that jailbreaking (software modifications that liberate iPhones and other handsets to run applications from sources other than those approved by the phone maker) the iPhone, and basically any Apple O/S, is legal. The decision stems from a request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the new ruling rewrites the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Read More

  • Bugnets: More Than Backyard Pests

    Meetings with friends or clients. Private phone conversations. New business presentations. Financial transactions. Personal/family interactions. All items that we, as citizens of the United States, assume are private interactions, protected, and respected, by others. Read More

  • Is Your Cell Phone Safe from Prying Eyes?

    It's a given that your computer's been exposed to Spyware or Malware, attacks that have hopefully been thwarted by anti-virus software. However, what about your cell phone?

    According to police detectives, cell phones are infected with both spy- and mal- ware.  Aware of the danger of computer viruses, most users, for the most part, are not familiar with similar threats that can infect cell phones. Detective Ernest Ward (Jonesboro Police Department) stated that cell phones are "infected with spyware and malware and they [users] don't even know about it."

    Searching the Internet will reveal numerous websites that offer downloads that will track and record text messages, phone numbers, pictures, and call logs. The general assumption--and manufacturer's sales information--is that these applications are to be used for practical purposes. Parents tracking their children, or corporations ensuring the proper use of company resources.

    However, many such programs can replicate themselves and are difficult to detect to those not familiar with cell phone operating systems. The spyware programs often run "below" areas where users operate their smart phones.

    Some of the applications send reports in real-time, displaying information on a parent's phone as a child  receives the call, allowing the parent to record the number and listen to the call.

    Since many smart phones have the same capabilities as laptops, the risk is heightened because phones don't have in-depth defense programs. Some of the viruses on cell phones can activate micro-phones or cameras, allowing other parties to eavesdrop on conversations or view areas captured by the phone's camera.

    Recently, spying via technology was boosted into the national spotlight when it was reported that a Pennsylvania school district school that provided students from two high schools with free Macbooks was sued in federal court. A theft-tracking program on the laptops, allegedly used to track missing units, was deemed to be invasive because of a feature that activated computer webcams on the laptops.

    Users were never informed of the software, and district officials concede that their monitoring of students had gone too far. The original intent of the software was to capture images of the "desktop and whatever is in front of the screen for law enforcement to help track down a missing computer."

  • Police: Man charged with eavesdropping

    Posted: Sunday, April 25, 2010 6:10 am

    GLENS FALLS -- A Granville man was charged with eavesdropping Saturday after his ex-girlfriend discovered a recording device hidden in a child's backpack, police said.

    Donald A. Connolly, 34, of Route 22, was charged with felony eavesdropping after someone in the ex-girlfriend's home spotted a red light on a 4-year-old's backpack, Glens Falls Police Sgt. Keith Knoop said.
    Knoop described the incident as follows:

    Connolly and the ex-girlfriend have a 4-year-old child in common. Connolly had dropped the child off at the woman's Glens Falls home Saturday, and a short time later the light was spotted on the backpack.

    They found what appeared to be a recording device sewn into the backpack, and brought it to the Police Department. Police confirmed it was an audiorecorder.

    Connolly was called to the police station, and admitted he put the device on the backpack.
    He did not explain why, but Knoop said it appeared to be related to a custody dispute.

    He was charged with eavesdropping and released pending prosecution in City Court. Police Officer Dan Habshi made the arrest.

    http://www.poststar.com/news/local/article_f1f9f436-5053-11df-974b-001cc4c03286.html

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