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Former NASCAR driver must pay ex-wife $1 for secret recordings in bedroom, jury rules

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A jury awarded the ex-wife of former NASCAR driver Greg Biffle $1 for secretly recording her in her bedroom and bathroom for two years, the woman’s lawyer told The Charlotte Observer on Monday night.

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Greg Biffle’s actions “were found to be an unlawful invasion of privacy,” Nicole Biffle’s lawyer, Amy Simpson, told the Observer in a reply email seeking comment about Monday’s verdict in Mecklenburg County Civil Court.

During the nearly two-week trial, Greg Biffle “denied doing anything inappropriate,”[nbsp_tc]and testified that his wife knew about the cameras, WSOC-TV reported.

“What the jury said sends a loud message that they don’t believe there was wrongdoing,” Biffle told the station. Attempts by the Observer to reach Greg Biffle on Monday night were unsuccessful.

In their lawsuit against the former driver, Nicole Biffle and her mother said that Greg Biffle[nbsp_tc]secretly videotaped them in their bedrooms at the couple’s $2.7 million mansion[nbsp_tc]on Lake Norman in Mooresville, North Carolina.

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Nicole Biffle and her mother said in their lawsuit that Greg Biffle “has shown images captured by the hidden cameras to third persons,” the Observer reported.

In her email to the Observer on Monday night, Simpson said the case “has never been about money for Ms. Biffle. It’s been about holding Mr. Biffle accountable for the complete violation of her dignity and right to privacy that should be afforded all persons. And for that she’s proud of the verdict against him.”

Yet, Goodwin said in her email, “the $1 in damages is perplexing given the gravity of Mr. Biffle’s actions and the lengths he went to invade her privacy. But that is the verdict.”

Simpson said Nicole Biffle and her mother hope the jury will award punitive damages during the second phase of the trial that “adequately reflect the true severity of his actions.”

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Nicole Biffle and her mother say in their lawsuit that Greg Biffle “has repeatedly asserted under oath that the Hidden Cameras were installed for ‘security purposes’ because he believed his maids were stealing from him.”

Nicole Biffle says in the lawsuit that she “has suffered loss of appetite, loss of sleep, pain in her abdomen, emotional distress, worry, humiliation, fear … and other anxiety-related conditions” as a result of the alleged secret filming.

Her mother suffered similar health problems, according to the lawsuit, “and was prescribed a drug for anxiety and tension in January 2016 as a result of the stress from being filmed.”

The lawsuit sought at least $100,000 in damages. The figure was closer to $9 million, WSOC-TV reported, citing unnamed sources.

The Biffles legally separated in March 2015, and Greg Biffle moved from their mansion in Mooresville to an apartment, Nicole Biffle’s lawsuit says. They married in 2007.

Greg Biffle still owns the Lake Norman home, which sits on 10 acres, Iredell County property records show.[nbsp_tc]

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

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It’s rumored that the U.S. intelligence community has commissioned The Eagles to rewrite some of their[nbsp_tc]famous lyrics[nbsp_tc]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

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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[nbsp_tc]IMSI-catcher, or commercially as a Stingray, it’s a box about the size of an oversized pair of sneakers.

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IMSI stands for[nbsp_tc]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.[nbsp_tc]

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In a[nbsp_tc]Nov. 17, 2017, letter,[nbsp_tc]Sen.[nbsp_tc]Ron Wyden[nbsp_tc](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.[nbsp_tc]A pilot study[nbsp_tc]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[nbsp_tc]same activity near their Parliament[nbsp_tc]in 2017. In 2014, the[nbsp_tc]Harvard Journal of Law and Technology[nbsp_tc]said that “Hostile foreign intelligence services can and, almost certainly, are using the technology in this country for espionage.”

About two weeks ago, the[nbsp_tc]Senate passed a spending bill[nbsp_tc]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[nbsp_tc]discovered the location of several military bases[nbsp_tc]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[nbsp_tc]was captured in 1996[nbsp_tc]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.[nbsp_tc]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[nbsp_tc]a little help[nbsp_tc]from other solutions.[nbsp_tc]Project Overwatch, for example.

According to the RSA presentation, “Project Overwatch[nbsp_tc]has been a multinational effort between USA, Germany, and Australia to create a solution leveraging[nbsp_tc]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[nbsp_tc]showed the detection of rogue IMSI catchers[nbsp_tc]— 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[nbsp_tc]@morganwright_us.

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Florida kindergarten teacher busted for abusing 5-year-old boy after mom puts recorder in his backpack

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Kandy Escotto, noticed her 5-year-old son, Aaron was being bullied by his[nbsp_tc]kindergarten teacher, so she took matters into her own hands.

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“I said, ‘Why do you say something like that?’ ” Escotto said. “He said, ‘That’s what the teacher tells me when I don’t do my work.’”

[nbsp_tc][br_tc]Escotto said this was unusual behavior for her son, and complained to Banyan Elementary’s school principal Cheri Davis about his kindergarten teacher Rosalba Suarez.

[nbsp_tc][br_tc]Suarez, a teacher for 33 years was a recipient of the teacher of the year award. Despite this,[nbsp_tc] Escotto knew she wasn’t treating her son fairly. Davis told her she needed proof that the teacher was bullying her son before any action could be taken.

[nbsp_tc][br_tc]So, Escotto got proof. She sent her son to school with a hidden camera over a four day period and got 32 hours of audio.

[nbsp_tc][br_tc]The audio files reveals that Suarez called the young boy a “loser,” and made fun of him for not being able to bubble on a test correctly.

[nbsp_tc][br_tc]“For me to hear the things that she was saying to him,” Escotto told the Miami Herald. “She picked him out, she singled him out, she humiliated him in front of the whole class. She talked about me in front of him. No 5-year-old should be able to go through that. That affected my family, affected him.”

[nbsp_tc][br_tc]“It was very upsetting being that I myself heard what was being said to a little boy,” Escotto said.

[nbsp_tc][br_tc]She set up a meeting with Davis and Suarez, but they failed to take any action to correct the situation. After hiring an attorney, the school switched Aaron to a different classroom. Escotto said it’s unclear if she will take further legal action.

[nbsp_tc][br_tc]Davis, did not respond to a request for comment and Suarez hung up on a reporter when asked to comment.

[nbsp_tc][br_tc]Spokeswoman Jackie Calzadilla for Miami-Dade County school district released this statement: “We work diligently to ensure the well-being of every child entrusted to our care. Any action that runs contrary to the values we instill in our school community will not be tolerated. The district will conduct a thorough review of this matter and, if the allegations are substantiated, we will take any and all appropriate disciplinary actions.”

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Student filmed female housemates in the shower with hidden sponge camera

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

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

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

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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.[nbsp_tc]

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.[nbsp_tc]

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

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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.[nbsp_tc]

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.[nbsp_tc]

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.”[nbsp_tc]

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

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

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.”[nbsp_tc]

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

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Spy agency NSA triples collection of U.S. phone records – official report

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency collected 534 million records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, a U.S. intelligence agency report released on Friday said.

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The sharp increase from 151 million occurred during the second full year of a new surveillance system established at the spy agency after U.S. lawmakers passed a law in 2015 that sought to limit its ability to collect such records in bulk.

The spike in collection of call records coincided with an increase reported on Friday across other surveillance methods, raising questions from some privacy advocates who are concerned about potential government overreach and intrusion into the lives of U.S. citizens.

The 2017 call records tally remained far less than an estimated billions of records collected per day under the NSA’s old bulk surveillance system, which was exposed by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden in 2013.

The records collected by the NSA include the numbers and time of a call or text message, but not their content.

Overall increases in surveillance hauls were both mystifying and alarming coming years after Snowden’s leaks, privacy advocates said.

“The intelligence community’s transparency has yet to extend to explaining dramatic increases in their collection,” said Robyn Greene, policy counsel at the Washington-based Open Technology Institute that focuses on digital issues.

The government “has not altered the manner in which it uses its authority to obtain call detail records,” Timothy Barrett, a spokesman at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which released the annual report, said in a statement.

The NSA has found that a number of factors may influence the amount of records collected, Barrett said. These included the number of court-approved selection terms, which could be a phone number of someone who is potentially the subject of an investigation, or the amount of historical information retained by phone service providers, Barrett said.

“We expect this number to fluctuate from year to year,” he said.

U.S. intelligence officials have said the number of records collected would include multiple calls made to or from the same phone numbers and involved a level of duplication when obtaining the same record of a call from two different companies.

Friday’s report also showed a rise in the number of foreigners living outside the United States who were targeted under a warrantless internet surveillance program, known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, that Congress renewed earlier this year.

That figure increased to 129,080 in 2017 from 106,469 in 2016, the report said, and is up from 89,138 targets in 2013, or a cumulative rise over five years of about 45 percent.

U.S. intelligence agencies consider Section 702 a vital tool to protect national security but privacy advocates say the program incidentally collects an unknown number of communications belonging to Americans.

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Source: Yahoo News[br_tc](Reporting by Dustin Volz; editing by Grant McCool)

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Former Lockport police official facing eavesdropping charge

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LOCKPORT – A recently retired city police captain is now facing a felony charge of eavesdropping.

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Brian Wentland, a former training captain who left the Lockport Police Department in February, was charged Friday, according to Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek.

The charges relate to a May 6, 2013 phone call involving his ex-wife and another person.

[nbsp_tc][br_tc]“We received a referral about a concern over eavesdropping from Lockport Police Chief Michael Niethe,” Wojtaszek said Sunday.

Rather than ask an outside agency to investigate the matter, the district attorney said she used an investigator from her office to look into the matter.

“We had newly discovered evidence. It involved a recording of a conversation he was not a party to,” Wojtaszek said.

[nbsp_tc][br_tc]The timing of the charges was critical in the case.

Wentland’s arrest was just two days before the five-year statute of limitations expired on the charge. He was arraigned Friday and released on his own recognizance. He’s due back in court on Thursday.

Wentland retired from the police force on Feb. 22, just after completing 20 years with the department. He had been placed on paid administrative leave Jan. 22 amid the dispute with the city over $275 of overtime pay — time that Wentland claimed while supervising detectives from his home this past October.

Wentland, who had been viewed as a possible successor to former chief Larry Eggert in 2015, was also suspended for eight days in November over complaints that he had interviewed an applicant for a patrol officer’s position. Wentland was transferred out of the detective bureau and became training captain.

Source: Niagara Gazette

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Married former Waffle House CEO breaks down in court as jury is shown secretly recorded tape of him having sex with his housekeeper during her trial for ‘trying to extort him for millions’

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Former[nbsp_tc]Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers grew tearful in court Wednesday as audio of his sexual encounter with his housekeeper was played for the jury

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Mye Brindle, the former housekeeper secretly recorded several sexual encounters with Rogers and said she did so to sue for sexual harassment

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Rogers says all of the encounters were consensual[nbsp_tc]and that Brindle and her lawyers were trying to extort him for millions

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Rogers is married and said sex with his housekeeper had gone on for almost ten years

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The former CEO of the Waffle House became tearful as an Atlanta jury listened to a lurid recording of him having sex with his housekeeper, during her trial for allegedly trying to extort him for millions.

Joe Rogers, 65, sat in court Wednesday and shook his head as jurors watched the secret sex tape his housekeeper Mye Brindle, 47, had made of them having sex in 2012.

In the video, filmed at Rogers home, he is seen nude and recently showered. He asks Brindle to adjust his back. She hides the camera under towels and he can be heard moaning. They then go into the bedroom, and Brindle retrieves the camera from under the towels and engage in a sexual act.[nbsp_tc]The video lasts several minutes.[nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc]

The court file says that Brindle entered Rogers’ bathroom after his wife, Fran, left the house.

While it was played in court, Rogers bit his nails, as the jury intently listened in[nbsp_tc]Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Brindle made 15 audio files and at least one video file of their sexual encounters. It is unclear if any other recordings will be played in court.[nbsp_tc]

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Former Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers says he had an affair with his housekeeper, Mye Brindle for ten years – she claims it was sexual harassment. She then secretly taped their sexual encounters

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On Tuesday, Rogers, who is now chairman for the chain, took the stand to testify against Brindle. She and her attorneys are accused of conspiring to record her and Rogers in a sexual act without his knowledge.[nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc]

During his testimony, Rogers said the audio the jury would hear was a typical sexual encounter with Brindle, who he had been having an affair with for more than nine years.

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Fran Rogers was married to Joe Rogers through his sexual liaisons with their housekeeper

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Meanwhile Brindle’s defense attorneys have argued she was justified in making the tapes as evidence she was sexually harassed for years – while Rogers says their encounters were always consensual.[nbsp_tc]

In Georgia Supreme Court in June of 2016,[nbsp_tc]Brindle, along with her attorneys John Butters and David Cohen were indicted on charges that they tried to force Rogers to pay millions of dollars to prevent the recording from being released.

Rogers said he was threatened with a letter on July 16, 2012 that if he didn’t pay up, the sex video would cause ‘media attention,’ ‘injurious publicity,’ ‘protracted litigation,’ and ‘divorce and destruction of families.’

Rogers, who is married, claims he had ‘infrequent’ consensual sex with Brindle, while she worked for him between 2003 and June 2012.

After she quit her job, she filed a lawsuit claiming Rogers forced her to have sex with him as part of her employment. A judge later ruled that Brindle was a ‘willing participant’ in the sexual encounters.

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Brian Robinson, spokesman for Brindle’s attorneys, said the indictment sends a ‘chilling message’ to victims of sexual abuse and those seeking help to attain justice.

‘The two attorneys indicted zealously represented their client, a victim of serial sexual abuse by her employer,’ Robinson said. ‘These indictments re-victimize the woman who dared to tell the truth about her powerful abuser and smear the attorneys who represented her.'[nbsp_tc]

A judge ruled that the covertly recorded video didn’t imply that Rogers forced the woman to do anything she didn’t want to.

She also kept a towel that held Rogers’ DNA.

It was Brindle’s attorneys who sent her to a private investigator’s office, where she was given a spy camera that was used to record Rogers in his bedroom without his consent, according to court documents.

Cohen and Butters say that when Rogers learned Brindle planned to sue him for sexual harassment, he retaliated against her and her attorneys. They say Rogers threatened to sue any attorney representing Brindle for joining a criminal conspiracy against him.

Brindle, Butters and Cohen are charged with conspiracy to commit extortion, conspiracy to commit unlawful eavesdropping and eavesdropping.

The district attorney’s office said secretly recording someone in his own bedroom is eavesdropping, and is a felony in Georgia. It carries a sentence of one to five years.[nbsp_tc]

Cohen was ordered to pay $198,393 in legal fees for filing unnecessary litigation in the Rogers case, with the judge saying that Rogers shouldn’t have had to hire lawyers to defend himself against threats of disclosing sexual misconduct allegations.[nbsp_tc]

Rogers has previously spoken of his regret over the affair, saying he ‘let a lot of folks down’.

‘That was wrong of me and I am very sorry for the pain and embarrassment I’ve caused my wife and family. There is no excuse for what I have done,’ he said. ‘I am a victim of my own stupidity, but I am not going to be a victim of a crime – extortion.'[nbsp_tc]

He added: ‘As personally embarrassing as this situation is for me, I am committed to the legal and law enforcement process to expose the motives of my former housekeeper and her attorneys.’

Rogers’ father opened his first Waffle House in Atlanta in 1955, growing the company into a major chain of restaurants throughout the South. There are now more than 2,100 locations in 25 states.

By Jessica Finn

Source: Daily Mail

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Georgia staffer fired after arrest for eavesdropping and drug charges

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ATHENS, Georgia — Georgia has fired an assistant equipment manager who was arrested Friday night on felony eavesdropping and drug charges.

James Kevin Purvis, 37, was being held Saturday morning in the Athens-Clarke County Jail on $16,000 bond. He faces three felony counts of eavesdropping or surveillance, felony possession of schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Georgia spokesman Claude Felton said the athletics department notified UGA police of the incident, and Purvis was fired early in the investigation.

“As soon as it learned of the incident, the Athletic Association notified the University of Georgia Police Department, who began their investigation,” the statement read. “The University took immediate action, and the employee was terminated early in the investigation. Based on the findings of the police investigation, no student-athletes were victims in this incident.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Saturday morning that an unidentified person discovered a camera hidden in the shower area of Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. UGA officials notified police on Feb. 27 and officers searched the football team’s locker room, training facility and weight room, as well as Purvis’ car and home.

Purvis is a native of Ocilla, Georgia, and has worked as an assistant equipment manager with the Bulldogs since 2006, according to the athletic department’s website. He held a similar position at Valdosta State University.

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AG’s office accused of eavesdropping in suspected cop killer’s case

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Bernalillo County Law Office of the Public Defender is accusing prosecutors of the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General of eavesdropping on protected jail conversations between accused cop killer Davon Lymon and his public defender.[br_tc]Lymon is charged with the shooting and killing of Albuquerque Police Department officer Daniel Webster during a motorcycle traffic stop in 2015.

Attorney-client privilege is intended to keep communications between a client and an attorney secret. However, since Lymon is in jail many of his phone conversations and visitors can be surveilled. Of course, one of Lymon’s visitors is his public defender. Of course, Lymon’s public defender contacts him.

In a March 15 filing, The LOPD accused the AGO of listening to Lymon’s conversations with his public defender.[nbsp_tc]The filing comes days after District Judge Briana Zamora kicked the LOPD off Lymon’s state case ruling representing him was a conflict of interest.

[nbsp_tc][br_tc]The woman reported to be on the back of Lymon’s motorcycle the night of the deadly shooting was 19-year-old Savanna Garcia. The LOPD also represented Garcia when she was a witness in Lymon’s federal trial.[nbsp_tc]Since the two are connected to the same incident, LOPD can’t represent both Lymon and Garcia.

The AGO responded to LOPD’s filing alleging that public defender calls made to the jail are not recorded.

Spokesperson James Hallinan sent KOB the following statement:

“The Office of the Attorney General is committed to seeking justice for Officer Webster and his family. The Court previously ruled that the Law Office of the Public Defender could not represent the Defendant due to a conflict of interest and denied the public defender’s motion to reconsider this afternoon. The Office of the Attorney General disproved these baseless assertions in a March 16 pleading.”

The LOPD contracts with private attorneys when a conflict of interests arises. At this time, it is not clear who will represent Lymon in his state trial.

Credit: Jen French

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Scientists claim ‘sonic attacks’ in Cuba were likely caused by poorly engineered eavesdropping devices

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US embassy workers in Cuba fell ill after hearing high-pitch sounds

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The ‘sonic attacks’ were experienced in their homes and hotel rooms

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It was thought that ‘sonic weapons’ might have been used against them

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Scientists at the University of Michigan believe that poorly engineered eavesdropping devices might’ve produced the painful sound

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If true, the ‘sonic attacks’ on the workers would have been accidental

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Scientists believe the root of a ‘sonic attack’ that led to the US State Department recalling 21 employees and reducing staff from its embassy in Cuba could’ve just been ‘bad engineering.’

In September 2017, the State Department pulled 21 diplomats and their families out of Cuba and stopped issuing travel visas to the country after embassy workers reported hearing loss, dizziness, speech issues, cognitive problems and other medical symptoms that appeared to stem from a ‘sonic attack’ in their homes or hotel rooms.[nbsp_tc]

Some Canadian embassy workers also reported feeling ill from a high-pitched noise.[nbsp_tc]

Doctors, FBI investigators and US intelligence agencies all tried to identify the source of the ‘sonic attack,’ with some people postulating that a sonic weapon or even a poisoning was being deployed against the embassy workers.

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The effected workers[nbsp_tc]— who had reported hearing agonizing, high-pitched noises in very specific areas of their rooms — were found to have had suffered mild traumatic brain injury, but doctors at the time were not able to determine what exactly had happened to the workers’ brains.[nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc]

By December, officials had stopped using the term ‘sonic attack,’ with sources implying to the AP that the noise that caused the workers to fall ill might actually have been a byproduct of something else, rather than what had been deemed a[nbsp_tc]’targeted attack.'[nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc]

A new report from the University of Michigan now suggests the ‘sonic attack’ was actually the result of eavesdropping devices that were in too close proximity, which then accidentally set off an ultrasonic noise, the[nbsp_tc]Daily Beast reports.

If true, that would imply that the ‘sonic attack’ was actually an accident, not something aimed at deliberately harming American or Canadian embassy workers.[nbsp_tc][nbsp_tc]

‘We’ve demonstrated a scenario in which the harm might have been unintentional, a byproduct of a poorly engineered ultrasonic transmitter that was meant to be covert,’ Kevin Fu, a University of Michigan associate professor of computer science and engineering, told the[nbsp_tc]Michigan Engineer News Center.

‘A malfunctioning device that was supposed to inaudibly steal information or eavesdrop on conversation with ultrasonic transmission seems more plausible than a sonic weapon.’

Fu did note, however, that despite his team’s findings, ‘our results do not rule out other potential causes.’

Fu, who researches computer security and privacy, and the co-authors of the study were inspired to look into what might have caused the ‘sonic attack’ after the AP released an audio sample that an embassy worker had recorded of the painfully high-pitched noise in question.

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