The Increasing Use of Mobile Spyware Apps

Never in human history has there been a platform for tracking, eavesdropping, reconnaissance, and surveillance like the smartphone.  With the right malware or phone store app, a marketing company, suspicious spouse, parent, nation-state cyber-spy, or your own government or law enforcement agency can easily spy on anyone carrying a smartphone.  Mobile devices often provide a bridge between a target’s personal life and professional ...

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Hack Turns iPhones and Android phones into Ultimate Surveillance Tool

If you visited certain websites with your iPhone (or Android or Windows device**) over the last two years, it is possible that your iPhone downloaded and installed malware that allowed attackers to intercept and record everything you did and everywhere you went with your iPhone.  This includes real-time location information, all your emails and messaging (including encrypted versions such ...

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Beating Surveillance Cameras

That fifteen minutes of fame that Andy Warhol promised us is getting much longer.  These days we have all become stars of the tiny screen.  The screens I am talking about are the monitors for all the CCTV and surveillance video cameras that are just about everywhere.  Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to make yourself invisible to ...

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Surveillance by Law Enforcement Reaches New Heights

Law enforcement agencies never stop complaining about how hard their jobs are. The crooks are using technology in criminal activities, and hiding themselves on the Internet using anonymizing proxies such as TOR, and VPNs.   And how it would be so much easier if they just could have a convenient “backdoor” to break encrypted messages.  The truth of the matter is that ...

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Guest Post – What Map Apps Track (and How to Get Them to Stop) – Part 2

A lot of very specific location information is being collected about you, me, and every other smartphone user.  The image at left shows everywhere I have been in the last four years, courtesy of Google location services.  If you would like to find out what is being collected about you, and how to make it stop, the last article and this article will ...

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Guest Post – What Map Apps Track (and How to Get Them to Stop) – Part 1

A lot of very specific location information is being collected about you, me, and every other smartphone user.  The image at left shows everywhere I have been in the last four years, courtesy of Google location services.  If you would like to find out what is being collected about you, and how to make it stop, the next two articles will help.  Today ...

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Personal and Business Uses for Keyloggers.

Would you like to use a keylogger to spy on your spouse?  How about your kids?  Is it legal?  Can an employer use a keylogger to monitor employee computer activity in the workplace?

Usually, when I am discussing keyloggers, it is the kind of keylogger a cyber-criminal would use, and how to keep them off our computer.  Today we are looking at this from another angle.

A keylogger, if you don’t know, is ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


620 million records from 16 websites listed for sale on the Dark Web

The Register reports that a seller on the Dream Market – a Dark Web marketplace hidden by the encrypted layers of Tor – began offering 16 stolen databases with 620 million accounts.


First it was location, now every app wants your contacts

Why do app developers ...

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Global Cyber Threats to the United States

In our last post we singled out North Korea as a key source of cyber-war action against the United States and other countries.  But they are not the only countries that the US is actively engaged with in cyber-space.  On January 29, 2019, Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence, released a report to the Senate, titled Worldwide Threat Assessment of ...

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