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Super-Secret Spy Lens

Super-Secret Spy Lens

Candid shots of people just living their lives and doing real things completely unaware that they were on camera. The Super-Secret Spy Lens, which is basically a periscope that attaches your SLR's zoom lens, allows your point that zoom lens as a "fake out" object. It uses a secret cut-out on the side and a precision mirror assembly inside to let [...]

Webcam in rough San Francisco neighborhood

Webcam in rough San Francisco neighborhood

The Tenderloin is a downtown San Francisco neighborhood that is pretty sketchy and seedy. In fact, that's part of its charm. Still, the (comparably) cheap rents make it attractive to a broad demographic, psychographic, and just plain psychos. A few months ago, Adam Jackson, 22, moved there and was surprised by the crack deals, violence, and [...]

Barry Cooper’s KopBusters Reality Series

Like Mark Draughn, I've been somewhat skeptical of Barry Cooper, the former drug cop turned pitchman for how-to-beat-the-cops videos. He comes off as more of a huckster than a principled whistle-blower, which I think does the good ideas he stands for (police reform) more harm than good. But damn... I have to hand it to him. This might be one [...]

HOWTO: Detect the Social Sites Your Visitors Use With SocialHistory.js

HOWTO: Detect the Social Sites Your Visitors Use With SocialHistory.js

One of the great things about the web is the relative ease with which one can set up a new service. In social bookmarking alone with have Del.icio.us, Digg, Facebook, Fark, Mister-Wong, Newsvine, Reddit, Technorati, Slashdot, and StumbleUpon, to name a few. That’s great for competition, and that’s great for users, but it’s not so good for [...]

Dodgy diners in Melbourne Facebooked

Dodgy diners in Melbourne Facebooked

Melbourne restaurateur Peter Leary has used Facebook to track down bill dodgers in his up-market establishment, Seagrass. The drama unfolded last week when a group of five young diners, after drinking at the bar, requested a table at the Southbank restaurant. Over dinner, they worked their way expertly through the menu, ordered and drank [...]

Verizon fires workers over Obama cell phone records breach

Verizon fires workers over Obama cell phone records breach

Verizon Wireless has fired employees connected to a breach of records from a cell phone used by President-elect Barack Obama this year, a Verizon source said Friday. The source would not say how many people were terminated but said "we now consider this matter closed." Verizon reported the breach Thursday, and Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs [...]

Capitalize on Call Avoidance

Capitalize on Call Avoidance

This may sound familiar… You need to make a phone call, yet are dreading the possible response. As you are dialing, you hope and pray that the other person won’t pick up -  wouldn’t it be great if you could just leave a message and avoid the whole conversation? Now, you can!  I recently found out about a new free service offered by [...]

The Seven Deadliest Social Networking Hacks

The Seven Deadliest Social Networking Hacks

It started with a stolen Facebook photo attached to an inflammatory profile. It led to online harassment, death threats, and emails to the victim’s boss questioning the victim’s character. But an online personal attack against Graham Cluley earlier this year is one example of how easy it is to use a social network to damage the identity of an [...]

New US RFID passports manufactured offshore at a huge profit and transported by unsecured couriers

New US RFID passports manufactured offshore at a huge profit and transported by unsecured couriers

You know those new, super-secure, RFID-enabled passports the US is issuing to its citizens? They're manufactured and assembled offshore, in sometimes-unstable regions, the blanks are shipped around using unsecured couriers, and they're sold to US citizens at an 85% profit. I feel safer already. Each new e-passport contains a small computer chip [...]

Credit Card Providers “To Share Customer Information”

Credit Card Providers “To Share Customer Information”

Credit card providers are to begin sharing detailed information about their customers in a bid to identify those who are struggling to repay their debts, it has been reported. According to the Guardian, the 17 credit card companies belonging to the UK payments association Apacs will exchange in-depth details about consumers' repayment [...]

Over-surveilled Brits build giant picture of their leader out of CCTV cameras

Over-surveilled Brits build giant picture of their leader out of CCTV cameras

"I've just come back from Parliament Square in London, where about 30 of us have spent the morning building a giant picture of Prime Minister Gordon Brown out of photos of CCTV cameras and other surveillance state ephemera. Take a look at some of the photos of the day - it looks fantastic (and the great weather helped!) Today, to celebrate an [...]

Google’s GeoEye-1 Super Satellite Captures First Image

Google’s GeoEye-1 Super Satellite Captures First Image

This bird's-eye view of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania was the first image ever seen by the GeoEye-1, the world's highest-resolution commercial satellite sponsored by Google, when it opened its camera door earlier this week. The 4,300-pound satellite collected the image at noon EDT on Oct. 7 while moving from the north pole to the south [...]

Financial Crisis Leaves Bank Branches Open to Social Engineering Attacks

Financial Crisis Leaves Bank Branches Open to Social Engineering Attacks

Heightened concern over the growing financial crisis is making banks more vulnerable to targeted social engineering and spear-phishing attacks, researchers said this week. Penetration testers who work with bank clients say the fragile state of the banking community is making it easier for them to dupe understandably anxious bank employees. Bank [...]

US Customs: Sketching an SUV makes you a copyright infringer

US Customs: Sketching an SUV makes you a copyright infringer

"A woman stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the border, over a drawing of an SUV in her notebook. They thought the artist and college professor was an industrial spy and copyright infringer." U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers told Zempel they suspected her of copyright infringement.She was released after more than [...]

HOWTO: Create a Secret Data Stash with a Fake Phonejack

HOWTO: Create a Secret Data Stash with a Fake Phonejack

While not as grandiose as having your own secret bookshelf door, constructing a hidden USB data stash won't take a whole weekend and involve a table saw. At the DIY website Instructables there is a step by step tutorial on hiding your data behind a phone jack plate. By wiring a USB cord to the phone plate and making a USB cord with a phone jack [...]

Kevin Mitnick detained then released after Colombia trip

Kevin Mitnick detained then released after Colombia trip

Since being released from prison eight years ago, Kevin Mitnick's brushes with the law have consisted of a few parking tickets and a citation for driving without a front license plate--that is, until he returned from a trip to Colombia two weeks ago. After landing at the Atlanta airport for a security conference, Mitnick was detained for four [...]

Network security alarm sounded by second-hand ebay sale

Network security alarm sounded by second-hand ebay sale

For less than a pound a security expert has got front-door access to a council's internal network. Andrew Mason from security firm Random Storm bought some network hardware from auction site eBay for 99p. When he switched it on and plugged it in, the device automatically connected to the internal network of Kirklees Council in West [...]

Richard Stallman: Keep your data at home, not in the clouds

Richard Stallman: Keep your data at home, not in the clouds

The concept of using web-based programs like Google's Gmail is "worse than stupidity", according to a leading advocate of free software. Cloud computing – where IT power is delivered over the internet as you need it, rather than drawn from a desktop computer – has gained currency in recent years. Large internet and technology [...]

ISPs: We Swear, We Won’t Watch Your Every Move

ISPs: We Swear, We Won’t Watch Your Every Move

Responding to increasing Internet privacy concerns, AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner, the country's largest ISPs, told a Senate committee during a hearing Thursday that they don't engage in online consumer tracking and want to self-regulate such practices in the future. The hearing focused on whether ISPs are tracking their customers' [...]

Iron Is Google Chrome for the “Tinfoil Hat” Crowd

Iron Is Google Chrome for the “Tinfoil Hat” Crowd

Free application Iron is a slightly modified version of the Chromium source of Google Chrome that removes components of Chrome that report your usage habits to Google. In practice, that means it removes your unique user ID, doesn't send user-specific info to Google, skips crash reporting, and doesn't check with Google for updates. Some [...]

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