espionage

  • Everything you need to know about the NSA hack (but were afraid to Google)

    Everything you need to know about the NSA hack (but were afraid to Google)

    In what Edward Snowden deems “not unprecedented” hackers calling themselves the Shadow Brokers have collected NSA-created malware from a staging server run by the
    Equation Group, an internal hacking team. The Shadow Brokers published two chunks of data, one “open” chunk and another encrypted file containing the “best files” that they will sell for at least… Read More

  • Did Russian government hackers leak the DNC emails?

    Did Russian government hackers leak the DNC emails?

    By now, it’s pretty clear that Russian hackers are responsible for breaches of the Democratic National Committee networks that occurred last summer and in April of this year — several forensic security firms have found evidence that traces the breach back to Russia. Now that DNC emails harvested during the breaches are starting to appear on Wikileaks, pundits are speculating… Read More

  • WikiLeaks Posts Classified Documents From CIA Director John Brennan’s AOL Account

    WikiLeaks Posts Classified Documents From CIA Director John Brennan’s AOL Account

    WikiLeaks on Wednesday posted documents allegedly from CIA director John Brennan’s email account, including Brennan’s application for security clearance and papers about U.S. torture policy. The documents come after a teenage hacker says he breached Brennan’s AOL email account. The hacker told Wired that he did so by pretending to be a Verizon worker and tricking another… Read More

  • Review: The Timbuk2 Espionage Camera Backpack

    Review: The Timbuk2 Espionage Camera Backpack

    The tale of this backpack review is one of love and regret; I love how this backpack works and I regret that I did not take it on my last trip. In short, it’s a good pack, generally does what it is designed for and does it well. As I know a lot of you are photographers (or at least enjoy carrying around thermos-shaped objects from place to place), I thought I’d talk a bit about… Read More

  • Chinese Telecoms Kit Makers, Huawei, ZTE, Should Be Shut Out Of U.S., Says Draft Congress Report

    Chinese Telecoms Kit Makers, Huawei, ZTE, Should Be Shut Out Of U.S., Says Draft Congress Report

    A U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee report recommends that top Chinese telecoms equipment makers Huawei and ZTE are shut out of the U.S. market because of the risk of espionage, Reuters is reporting. This follows an 11-month investigation of the two firms. The draft report is due to be released later today. Read More

  • Chemical fingerprint detector can also read a letter off of anything it touched

    Anyone want to start a pool on when this will be featured on CSI? I’m guessing within 4 months. Apparently Disulfur Dinitride, quite a simple chemical compound, turns nearly undetectable traces of fingerprints brown and may be more effective than current techniques of taping, dusting, or treating and exposing to UV or whatnot (I don’t know — what am I, a private… Read More

  • History of Spy-Cam Watches

    Watchismo has a great and expansive feature covering the history of spy-cam watches. Most of these things are pretty hilarious. Not inconspicuous in the slightest. The favorite here is probably the Tessina. It’s a rather large watch that features a concealed trap door for the lens. What’s notable is that it still uses standard 35mm film despite being the size of a 16mm camera. It… Read More