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Alexa’s ‘Drop In’ Feature Makes Eavesdropping Easy

With a simple voice command Amazon’s Alexa can help you turn on the lights, play music or order a pizza. There’s also a feature that lets you talk to other Alexa users. But Julie Watts tells us, if you’re not careful, they may be able to listen to you without your knowledge. (3:21) WCCO This Morning – March 14, 2018

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Stalker-assisting spy devices: Bugs & hacking software sold online for £20

USB charging cable with hidden eavesdropping GSM device (SIM card slot) ©Shapestones.  

Technology has advanced so quickly that stalkers are now able to carry out digital surveillance on their targets – bugging their phones and accessing their locations with ease, victims’ groups warn.
Everyday more and more people are engaging in stalking, using listening devices that cost as little as £20 ($28) some of which can easily be hidden inside plug adaptors.

Companies like Amazon and eBay are selling spy tools over the internet, with victims’ helplines announcing an increasing number of complaints as a result.

“[The devices] are really easy to get, they’re really easy to use,” said Clare Elcombe Webber, manager of the National Stalking Helpline, the Guardian reported. “I think for some stalkers it really legitimizes what they’re doing… The message it sends to victims is there are all these technological advancements that help your stalker, but not you.”

Cases include a woman who had a USB-like listening gadget placed in her handbag by her stalker. There are more and more cases of small digital devices being used to spy on people

“We see this regularly… they put in listening devices or video devices in the house or tracking devices on the car and you can buy all of that on Amazon,” Chief Executive of Digital-Trust Jennifer Perry told the Guardian.

Another woman’s ex used a bug inside an extension lead. The former partner was then texting her details of the bedtime stories that she told her children.

Spyware and spying apps were also used in roughly 130 cases dealt with by the national helpline.

Shockingly, the camera of a laptop can be turned on by someone remotely using the software, while keystrokes can be traced to read conversations from the device. The purchase and installation of such devices is now illegal under the Computer Act of 1990.

“We had one client who went home, her laptop was on, she had a shower, she then got a message from her stalker saying ‘Did you have a nice shower?’” said Elcombe Webber.“It’s that kind of invasion and not knowing how that person is able to see you. Are they outside? Are they in the house? It’s really, really frightening.”

In the 11 months to November 2017, the National Stalking Helpline received 4,337 calls or emails. More than half of cases were involving an ex-partner and 77 percent of the victims were female.

After the Guardian alerted eBay to the existence of the USB and plug listening devices, the items were removed from the site.

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Double Checking Settings To Avoid ‘Echo’ Eavesdropping

Donal MacIntyre’s estranged wife is arrested after the TV investigator found a spy camera disguised as a coat hook in his home

  • Ameera MacIntyre, 43, is accused of using his credit card to buy it on Amazon

  • She’s also alleged to have used third party to plant the device in his Surrey home

  • The hook has a tiny lens concealed at the top and a microchip to record sound

Donal MacIntyre’s estranged wife has been arrested after he allegedly found a spy camera disguised as a coat hanger in his home. 

Ameera MacIntyre, 43, is accused of using his credit card to buy it on Amazon and getting a third party to plant the device. 

The hook has a tiny lens concealed at the top and a microchip to record sound.

Detectives are investigating how the device, which cost as little as £10, was planted in Mr MacIntyre’s Surrey home.

The mother-of-four Ameera  was arrested at her home on suspicion of theft and is alleged to have bought two other items using Mr MacIntyre’s credit card without his permission.

 

Computers were seized and Ameera was also held on suspicion of possessing cocaine.

Donal and Ameera broke up bitterly in 2015 and she publicly accused him of being a ‘cheating scumbag’.

They were married for nine years and have three kids.

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