Technology

Surely we can find, and stop, high-tech spies

It’s rumored that the U.S. intelligence community has commissioned The Eagles to rewrite some of their famous lyrics to serve as a deterrent to Russia and China. The hope is that this new song will stop the apparently unabated espionage activities occurring in the National Capital Region, known as the NCR. It’s called “You Can’t Hide Your Spyin’ Eyes.”

BY MORGAN WRIGHT

Concerns about enhanced technical espionage have circulated for a long time. A very provocative technology, currently being used by law enforcement and our military, is a cell-site simulator. Known as an IMSI-catcher, or commercially as a Stingray, it’s a box about the size of an oversized pair of sneakers.

 

IMSI stands for International Mobile Subscriber Identity. This is how the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) finds you, regardless of country, and delivers a call to you or allows you to make one to a destination of your choice. Several reports surfaced in 2017 that showed the Department of Homeland Security was worried about IMSI catchers. 

 

In a Nov. 17, 2017, letter, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asked the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate if there was any evidence of foreign IMSI catchers operating in the National Capital Region. A pilot study had been conducted from January to November of the same year. The short answer was yes. The longer, typical government response was:

“The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) has observed anomalous activity in the National Capital Region (NCR) that appears to be consistent with International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers. NPPD has not validated or attributed such activity to specific entities or devices. This information was reported to our Federal partners at the time it was observed.”

Now that it’s been established that nefarious electronic hijinks abound in the NCR, surely there must be a way to find it and stop it. Right? The short answer is no. The government answer is even more terrifying:

“NPPD is not aware of any current DHS technical capability to detect IMSI catchers. To support such a capability, DHS would require funding to procure, deploy, operate and maintain the capability, which includes the cost of hardware, software, and labor.”

The previous statement might make you think this is a newly discovered problem of which DHS is just becoming aware. But our Canadian neighbors found the same activity near their Parliament in 2017. In 2014, the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology said that “Hostile foreign intelligence services can and, almost certainly, are using the technology in this country for espionage.”

About two weeks ago, the Senate passed a spending bill that included language directing the Pentagon to divulge the use of IMSI catchers near U.S. bases and facilities. It’s not the first time the use of electronics has caused security concerns. A 20-year-old Australian student discovered the location of several military bases overseas by simply looking at the heatmap posted by Strava of running routes that had been shared.

You’d have to go back almost another 20 years to find when the threat of IMSI catchers became a real issue. The notorious hacker Kevin Mitnick was captured in 1996 using the same technology DHS is worried about in 2018. The hacking victim who helped the FBI track Mitnick down — Tsutomu Shimomura — was very well acquainted with the technology.

“Later that night, the FBI radio surveillance team from Quantico, Virginia, arrived at the Sprint cellular telephone switch office. The team talked to me a little about the technology they had toted along in the station wagon, especially something called a cell-site simulator, which was packed in a large travel case. The simulator was a technician’s device normally used for testing cell phones, but it could also be used to page Mitnick’s cell phone without ringing it, as long as he had the phone turned on but not in use. The phone would then act as a transmitter that they could home in on with a Triggerfish cellular radio direction-finding system that they were using.”

This wasn’t Shimomura’s first brush with cell phones. In 1993, in front of a congressional oversight committee, he showed how easy it was to use a software hack to listen in on the calls of nearby cellular phones. The problem isn’t new. In fact, it’s quite old.

If you take DHS’s response at face value, it appears NPPD does not have its own technical capability. If DHS has no organic ability, how did it detect anything in the first place? With a little help from other solutions. Project Overwatch, for example.

According to the RSA presentation, “Project Overwatch has been a multinational effort between USA, Germany, and Australia to create a solution leveraging GSMK’s patented Baseband Firewall technology.” This began six years ago.

In February 2017, at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco, a demonstration of Project Overwatch showed the detection of rogue IMSI catchers — the same technology DHS used, but did not disclose, in its letter to Sen. Wyden.

The warnings were there. The threat was there. Six years ago, we worked with our allies to develop a solution to counter this growing form of technical espionage. So why is Congress just now worried about this?

It’s inconceivable that this electronic eavesdropping that targeted the White House, Congress, our federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and who knows what else, should have gone on for this long without a warning to the relevant oversight committees. And the public.

When it comes to our national security, no one should be allowed to, as The Eagles might say, “Take It Easy.”

Morgan Wright is an expert on cybersecurity strategy, cyberterrorism, identity theft and privacy. Previously Morgan was a senior advisor in the U.S. State Department Antiterrorism Assistance Program and senior law enforcement advisor for the 2012 Republican National Convention. Follow him on Twitter @morganwright_us.

Hidden camera found in girls’ toilet in UP school; principal, 3 teachers arrested

A hidden camera in girls’ toilet in a school in Maharajganj district of Uttar Pradesh has sent shock waves among the students and the parents. Girl students of Everet English-Medium School in Maharajganj district came to know about the hidden camera in their school toilet when a video footage was circulated and leaked on their WhatsApp group on Thursday morning. The parents came to know about the incident when some students refused to attend the school.

Agitated parents rushed to the school and gheraoed the Principal. They also informed the police which recovered the hidden camera installed in one of the girls’ toilets in the school premises. “The camera was wi-fi enabled and recording could be done with the remote after activating the wi-fi,” said the police.

On the complaint of agitated parents, the police lodged a case against the management of the school and arrested the Principal and three teachers in this connection. Parents fear that the camera might have been installed for long and the accused must have made many video clips of their daughters using the toilet.

Girl students alleged that they had seen their social science teacher hanging around the girls’ toilets in a suspicious manner for the past many days. One of the girls had complained to her class teacher about feeling awkward in using the toilet when the teacher was hanging around.

They told parents and the police that it could be handiwork of the social science teacher. The police seized his mobile and laptop and sent for the forensic examination. The Principal, however, pleaded that it could have been the handiwork of some outsider.

“We have been running the school for the past 20 years but such a thing has never happened. It could be the handiwork of some outsiders to defame the school,” said the Principal.

“Investigations are underway and we have seized mobile phones, computers and laptops of all teachers for getting it examined by experts,” said the police.

By Srawan Shukla

South Korean women protest in Seoul over hidden sex cameras

Tens of thousands of women gathered in Seoul on Saturday calling for a crackdown on spy cam pornography, in one of the country’s biggest ever female-only protests.

Perpetrators film or photograph women with hidden cameras in public spaces.

Although distributing pornography is illegal in South Korea, the videos and pictures are shared widely online.

Organisers say women live in constant fear of being photographed or filmed without their knowledge.

Carrying placards and banners with messages like “My life is not your porn”, the women were mostly teenagers or in their 20s – seen as the main victims of the hidden cameras.

“Those men who film such videos! Those who upload them! Those who watch them! All of them should be punished sternly!” they chanted.

The women covered their faces with masks, hats and sunglasses as instructed by the organisers.

Demonstrators said around 55,000 women took part, although police put the figure at around 20,000.

The recent protests began after police arrested a 25-year-old woman in May for secretly photographing a male colleague who posed nude for university art students. She then shared the picture online.

Demonstrators believe police only acted so swiftly because it was a female perpetrator, and pointed to instances of police closing cases with female victims because they could not find the photographers or track them online, because they posted on foreign servers.

While the law mandates a maximum five-year prison term or 10 million won ($8,970; £6,770) fine for creating sexual images, and a maximum seven year sentence and 30 million won ($26,900; £20,200) fine for distributing them for profit, protesters say many receive far lighter punishments.

The recent protests began after police arrested a 25-year-old woman in May for secretly photographing a male colleague who posed nude for university art students. She then shared the picture online.

Demonstrators believe police only acted so swiftly because it was a female perpetrator, and pointed to instances of police closing cases with female victims because they could not find the photographers or track them online, because they posted on foreign servers.

While the law mandates a maximum five-year prison term or 10 million won ($8,970; £6,770) fine for creating sexual images, and a maximum seven year sentence and 30 million won ($26,900; £20,200) fine for distributing them for profit, protesters say many receive far lighter punishments.

By BBC

CABBIE CAM Lanarkshire taxi driver installed hidden camera in his cab to upskirt female passengers

Police discovered his pervy cam after they raided his home in connection with sick images of children

By David Meikle

A TAXI driver who installed a hidden camera to film under the clothing of unsuspecting passengers is facing jail.

David Whitehead, 53, set up the covert device in a twisted bid to record members of the public as they travelled in his vehicle.

His seedy spying operation saw him capture footage of a passenger but it only came to light when police raided his home in connection with sick images of children.

Officers launched a dawn raid at the property in Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, after a tip off and discovered extreme clips and pictures.

The disturbing haul of 2503 photos and 1529 videos included horrific footage of abuse.

Whitehead appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court and admitted taking or permitting indecent images of children between August 2005 and August 2017

He also admitted having the hidden camera in his car between August and September 2013.

The court was told Whitehead was stripped of his taxi licence soon after his arrest last year.

 

Depute fiscal Agnes Meek said: “Information was received by the National Child Abuse Prevention that a device associated with the locus was connected to the internet and had indecent images of children available for sharing.

“Officers sought and were granted a warrant and police attended to execute the warrant.

“A systematic search was carried out and a number of devices were seized.

“The accused while standing in his kitchen in front of officers, stated ‘it is all me, nothing to do with my boy’.

“He was detained and after provided a no comment interview.”

Miss Meek added: “One moving image is 29 minutes long and features several clips put together of child sexual exploitation.”

Sheriff Derek O’Carroll deferred sentence and continued Whitehead’s bail for reports but warned him to expect to be sent to prison.

He added: “Given the nature of the offences you should understand that a custodial sentence is very much at the forefront of this court’s mind.

“I will continue your bail but you should not draw any conclusions from that regarding the ultimate final disposal of this case.”

Whitehead was placed on the sex offenders register.

North Lanarkshire Council confirmed they revoked Whitehead’s taxi licence last year.

His not guilty pleas to possessing indecent photos, possessing extreme bestiality images and possessing cannabis were accepted by prosecutors.

Dad arrested for recording teen daughter, friend in bathroom

A Michigan father spied on his teen daughter and her friend for nearly two years — and even set up a hidden camera in his own bathroom to record the girls, authorities said.

By Joshua Rhett Miller

Gary Lloyd Miller, of Norton Shores, was arrested after his wife found the secret camera, which was disguised as a phone charger in the couple’s bathroom, MLive.com reports.

Miller, 60, is accused of surreptitiously recording his 18-year-old daughter and one of her friends from October 2016 through June, according to Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat.

Miller — who surrendered to authorities on May 31 — was arraigned on June 14 on four charges, including two counts each of capturing an image of an unclothed person and surveilling an unclothed person. If convicted of both felonies, he faces up to seven years in prison.

Miller posted $50,000 bond on the day of his arrest and was never formally taken into custody at the Muskegon County Jail as part of an abbreviated booking process that did not include a mugshot, Maat said.

After waiving his preliminary hearing, Miller was ordered to stand trial in Muskegon County Circuit Court, MLive.com reports.

SPY CAM HUSBAND Suspicious husband used spy camera to film his teacher wife in their bedroom for three years because he wrongly thought she was having an affair

His wife found 29 videos of herself that had been shot in the bedroom – lasting between a few seconds and up to 40 minutes

By Ellie Cambridge

A SUSPICIOUS husband spied on his teacher wife for three years using a hidden camera in their bedroom – as he wrongly thought she was having an affair.

Paul Lewis, 46, continued to record partner Ann, even though his covert filming revealed she wasn’t cheating on him.

 

Eventually Ann found 29 videos of herself shot in the bedroom when the camera was moved to the kitchen.

Some lasted a few seconds and others were as long as 40 minutes – with some showing Lewis installing the camera.

When Ann confronted shaven-haired Lewis in January of this year, he said he was glad she had found the camera – adding she had been “p*****g me off long enough”.

Lewis told police he installed the camera because he thought Ann, 45, was having an affair and he wanted to catch her.

 

But he said continued filming because he knew it would annoy her.

Swansea Crown Court heard the marriage was “effectively over” and there was “no sexual motive” for his covert camera behaviour on his wife.

James Hartson, defending Lewis, said his client lost his good character “in the most shameful of ways”.

Mr Hartsson gave five personal references which showed Lewis to be a “kind-hearted, hard-working and well-liked man”.

Judge Keith Thomas told Lewis: “You have committed a thoroughly unpleasant offence.”

Lewis, of Aberdulais, near Neath, South Wales, was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months after he admitted harassment.

He was also handed a five-year restraining order and must do 120 hours of unpaid work.

 

The couple have since parted and keen musician Lewis has moved back to live with his elderly mother.

After the case, his mother Margaret said: “He’s not a bad boy but he’s just done one stupid thing. This should have all been sorted out without going to the police.”

A neighbour said: “They seemed like a very normal couple to the outside world but clearly things weren’t right there – and he left in a bit of a hurry. I dare say we won’t be invited around to see the family videos now.”

‘HE’S EVIL’ Horrified newlywed turns husband in to cops after discovering he secretly filmed kids in KFC toilets

Heartbroken Mollie Clarke, 21, made the shocking discovery after checking Richard Cooper’s phone as it lay charging on the kitchen table.

By Jacob Dirnhuber

 

A YOUNG mum was forced to turn in her newlywed husband to the police after discovering that he had used hidden cameras to film kids in a KFC toilet.

Heartbroken Mollie Clarke, 21, made the shocking discovery after checking Richard Cooper’s phone as it lay charging on the kitchen table.

 

She had suspicions he was cheating on her – but instead of finding racy texts from another woman, she came across a trove of women and children using the fast food outlet’s bathroom.

Cancer survivor Mollie immediately turned him into the cops – and told his mum within minutes of the shocking discovery.

When he pleaded guilty in court, she discovered he’d made a video of her using the toilet at home as a “dry run”.

She said: “I realise now the man I thought I was married to didn’t exist. I didn’t know him.

 

“He put his phone on the charger, told me to not look through it before walking out.

“It had a pass lock on it but I managed to guess it.

“I still don’t know why but I went straight to his videos. Anyone else would have went for messages, but something told me check there.

“The first video I saw was of a child going to the toilet. I just threw the phone down in shock.”

“Within about 20 minutes I was in the car with my sister and going to the police station with his phone in my hand.

But Cooper, of Ballymoney, Co Antrim, walked free from court after a judge handed him a two-year probation order.

Mollie added: “I feel like he’s got away with it to be honest.

“He walked free. The sentence in my eyes was far too lenient.

“He had disgusting videos of a child on his phone. That worries me.

“He’s evil, there is no other word to describe him and in my eyes he should have been jailed.’

“We’d been together about three years when I moved in with him when I was 17.”

South Korean women are mobilizing in unprecedented ways

On June 9, the area around Hyehwa Station in Seoul was filled with women in red attire once again. More than 22,000 women took to the streets carrying placards inscribed with slogans such as “My daily life is not your porn.” The turnout greatly exceeded the over 12,000 who attended the first demonstration on May 19. There was also a hair-shaving ceremony for women who had volunteered in advance. But instead of the grim resolve that often accompanies hair-shaving ceremonies, it was a scene of cheering and applause.

In recent weeks, South Korean society has been facing a new kind of resistance from young women. The two demonstrations at Hyehwa Station – which were organized by a Daum internet café called “Uncomfortable Courage” – have mobilized an increasing number of young women who have never demonstrated before. While the investigation into the unauthorized posting of photos of a nude male model at Hongik University cannot itself be described as biased, that investigation was sufficient to ignite the latent rage and fear about society’s failure to do something about the spy cams that have harmed countless women and about the male chauvinism that has condoned that failure

On June 10, the day after the demonstration at Hyehwa Station, a group called Bwave held a demonstration calling for the complete legalization of abortion, the group’s 14th such demonstration. And on June 2, a demonstration held by Fire Femi Action protesting Facebook’s deletion of a topless photo of women became the center of attention and controversy. 

 

Some critics have responded to these women’s repeated “action” by arguing that feminism foments the “war between the sexes” and “misandry,” but this only takes us further away from tackling this problem. Some partial problems that are seen in these demonstrations – tendencies toward anonymity, exclusivity and aggression – cannot be the grounds for rejecting the legitimacy of their demands. At the moment, women are not angry at individual men, but at a society in which they are not even guaranteed basic rights such as the right to life and safety and the right to make decisions about their own bodies. 

 

Many experts contend that these demonstrations are not some passing fad but will continue and persist until concrete measures are taken and tangible change is seen. While the sexism that has calcified over the long years is unlikely to be reversed all at once, change begins by listening carefully, and without prejudice, to the voice of women.

Source: HANKYOREH

Student filmed female housemates in the shower with hidden sponge camera

Imagine jumping into your shower at home, not knowing your naked self was being filmed by a hidden camera by someone you trusted. 

University of Wollongong student Rico Auliputra concealed a camera inside a household sponge in his bathroom, hoping to record his three female house mates. 

Today, the Indonesian national narrowly escaped jail time at Wollongong Local Court after pleading guilty to the offence. 

The 26-year-old covered his face with a hoodie and satchel to avoid a waiting media scrum outside, as he ran to a getaway car. 

Auliputra was living in a share-unit in Wollongong’s CBD, when his three female housemates discovered a green flashing light coming from a slit in a yellow sponge on the floor of their shower on October 28 last year. 

On further inspection they found a cord from the set-up to a battery power pack, which was hidden in the vanity. 

Auliputra confessed to the crime after being confronted by the group, who called Wollongong Police. But when officers arrived on scene, the SD card inside the camera had disappeared. 

The defence lawyer today revealed that when the camera was discovered Auliputra threw the card from the seventh floor of his balcony, later returning to recover the card but was unsuccessful. 

The IT student showed some remorse, telling his lawyer, “I regret what I did because I betrayed my friends. It’s hard now to be trusted because of the mistake I did.” 

The Crown argued he should do time behind bars saying, “It is a serious offence and serious breach of trust.” 

However, Magistrate Follent took into consideration his good character and guilty plea, sentencing him to 250 hours of community service. 

In her closing statements to Auliputra she said, “What you did was reprehensible, abusing the significant trust of your friends. It was calculative and exploitative for your own gratification.” 

Auliputra is to remain a student at the University of Wollongong for another year. Management has refused to comment on the incident today.

Source: 9NEWS

‘My life is not your porn’: 30,000 South Korean women protest spy cams

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In the biggest women’s rights march in the country’s history, thousands of female activists swarmed the streets of Seoul, venting their anger at a ‘hidden cam’ porn industry and police bias in investigating sex crimes by men.


Some 30,000 women, many of them wearing masks for fear of exposure, marched from Hyehwa Station in South Korean capital of Seoul, to protest what they say is a lackluster response of law enforcement to men spying on unsuspecting female victims in public bathrooms, on crowded trains, buses and in other public places with hidden cameras.

Saturday’s rally is the second time in two months that women have hit the streets to protest the impunity of the perpetrators of such crimes, who are predominantly male. On May 19, a similar rally drew in at least 12,000 women. Just like on Saturday, the demonstrators were covering their faces with masks and printed camera images.

“No case ever received as much media attention as the Hongik University incident,” an organizer of the May 19 protest, who, like her fellow demonstrators, preferred to stay anonymous out of fear of revenge, said at the time, as cited by Yonhap.

“Although females are victimized by hidden cameras even in public places, it is hard for us to see news of the men who film and leak such images being punished,” she added.

Police have rejected allegations of bias, insisting that they treat all victims the same. Critics of the protest movement argue that the woman was promptly detained for no other reason than clear evidence pointing at her.

According to police statistics, suspects in ‘molka’ cases are overwhelmingly male. In 2017, some 96 percent of suspects caught by police in 5,437 such cases were male. Of them, 119 were charged and faced punishment. Out of the 283 female suspects apprehended, none of them faced charges.

On a larger scale, only 2.6 percent of male suspects were arrested between 2012 and 2017, around 540 people out of over 20,900 suspected perpetrators.

While the issue is not new, the current wave of protests was sparked by an incident in early May, when a woman was arrested for filming and spreading the image of a nude male model posing for an art class at Hongik University. Police acted swiftly and not only brought the suspect to justice, but also paraded her in front of the media, albeit, with her face covered. The case became the last straw for many women, who saw gender bias in the police’s zealousness.

Source: RT