Tag Archives: surveillance

MIT can extract audio from a silent video using vibrations

MIT record sound

MIT researchers have developed new technology that can record conversations via the miniscule vibrations that sound waves create in inanimate objects, paving the way for yet more invasive forms of surveillance. Lead author Abe Davis and his team demonstrated that movements in objects like chip packets or pot plants could be recorded by video cameras and then turned back into ... Read More »

Australian police using NSA style surveillance on public

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Australian law-enforcement has been exposed scooping metadata from thousands of mobile phones of ordinary citizens, using the same kind of equipment and methods previously attributed to US police and intelligence agencies, like the NSA and FBI. A US-invented technique dubbed ‘tower dump’ is now enabling Australian police to learn the exact location, established contacts and duration of calls of a ... Read More »

Australia to buy US drones for domestic use

Australia Triton drone

Australia has announced it will buy unmanned surveillance drones from the US to protect its borders and commercial interests. The fleet, to be based in Adelaide, would provide the defence force “with unprecedented maritime surveillance capabilities”, PM Tony Abbott said. The drones would also be used to protect energy resources, he added. The drones, which are still being tested by ... Read More »

Australian passports to include voice and eye scans

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Australian passports may incorporate voice-recognition and eye-scanning technology as the government looks to expand biometric identification. Australian passports have included facial recognition technology since 2005, but the government is now investigating “other biometric technologies”, according to a request for tender made public on Monday. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is searching for companies to fill a new ... Read More »

Indonesia recalls its Australian ambassador after phone tapping of President

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Indonesia is recalling its ambassador to Australia over allegations that Canberra listened in on phone conversations of the Indonesian president. Indonesia said the ambassador was being called to Jakarta for“consultations”. The move by Jakarta comes as the Australian Department of Defence and the Defence Signals Directorate, or DSD, (now known as the Australian Signals Directorate), has been accused of monitoring ... Read More »

NSA can track your location even when phone is off

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Did you know that the NSA can track the location of your phone even when it is turned off and the batteries have been removed? This admission went largely unnoticed in a Washington Post report entitled NSA growth fueled by need to target terrorists. In the article, writer Dana Priest details how teams of NSA employees stationed around the globe are ... Read More »

Australia and US spied on Indonesia during UN summit

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (left) and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Then Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (left) and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Australia and the US worked side by side on a large-scale joint surveillance operation on Indonesia, during the 2007 UN climate change conference in Bali, a new report from the NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, has revealed. In 2007, Australia’s newly elected prime minister, Kevin Rudd, attended the summit ... Read More »

NSA stores data to target any citizen at any time – Greenwald

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[youtube height=”400″ width=”550″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9hh8vm4qAk[/youtube]   The current revelations on the NSA’s spying are just the tip of the iceberg and affect “almost every country in the world,” said Glenn Greenwald. He stressed the NSA stores data for “as long as it can,” so they can target a citizen whenever they want. Glenn Greenwald, the man behind the reports on the NSA ... Read More »

Stop Watching Us rally challenges NSA spying

NSA protest Stop Watching US

Demonstarators carry signs at “Stop Watching Us: A Rally Against Mass Surveillance” march near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 26, 2013. Twelve years after Americans were stripped of their rights in the name of fighting terrorism, thousands have gathered in Washington DC to protest unconstitutional NSA spying programs revealed by Edward Snowden, and call for repeal of the Patriot ... Read More »

NSA hacked the phones of 35 world leaders

White House press secretary Jay Carney

The NSA memo suggests that such surveillance was not isolated as the agency routinely monitors world leaders. The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials ... Read More »