Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Could your hotel room be bugged?

LOST luggage, missed connections and flight delays are some of the common concerns that plague nervous travellers.

But if you're heading to countries like China, Russia, Israel or even the UK, you might have another major issue: bugged hotel rooms.

Yep, it happens more often than you'd think. And while it's unlikely a holidaying family would be bugged by a suspicious government or deviant company, it's a real problem for some travelers, as these experts explain.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE BUG A ROOM?
"Security and safety are easily at risk anytime you enter a space where somebody else has had access prior to your arrival," says Jeffrey Jurist, president of SpyAssociates.com.
And there are plenty of reasons why you might be the target. "A hotel would not be the ones to bug a room, but a nefarious employee, hotel worker, investigator, or government agency would have their reasons: divorce, legal, military, insurance, espionage, business, financial," he added.
Jim Angleton, president and chief executive officer of crypto-currency company AEGIS FinServ Corp, explained how it could be carried out.
"An intelligence community might have someone gain access to the room by paying off a front desk person, who tells them - for money - which room a target or suspect is staying in," he said.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

AP News Break: US suspects cellphone spying devices in DC

For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages.

The use of what are known as cellphone-site simulators by foreign powers has long been a concern, but American intelligence and law enforcement agencies — which use such eavesdropping equipment themselves — have been silent on the issue until now.

In a March 26 letter to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged that last year it identified suspected unauthorized cell-site simulators in the nation’s capital. The agency said it had not determined the type of devices in use or who might have been operating them. Nor did it say how many it detected or where.
The agency’s response, obtained by The Associated Press from Wyden’s office, suggests little has been done about such equipment, known popularly as Stingrays after a brand common among U.S. police departments. The Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the nation’s airwaves, formed a task force on the subject four years ago, but it never produced a report and no longer meets regularly.

The devices work by tricking mobile devices into locking onto them instead of legitimate cell towers, revealing the exact location of a particular cellphone. More sophisticated versions can eavesdrop on calls by forcing phones to step down to older, unencrypted 2G wireless technology. Some attempt to plant malware.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Kestrel Flies High at NDIA SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition

ComSec LLc- Professional Development TSCM Group | National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)

Technical Security Specialist's (TSS) TM and Technical Security Instructors (TSI) TM from Canadian based Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., attended the 29th Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition organized by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) this week in Arlington, VA, in support of our exclusive US distribution partner COMSEC LLc, located in Virginia Beach.

The event, has been a tremendous success with significant new interest in the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software | Signals Intelligence Support System (SISS) TM, including a live demonstration of our latest Kestrel ® Heat Mapping Display (HMD) technology.

HMD TM is the latest milestone within our developmental strategy, and supports our recently released Receiver Differential Signal Analysis (RDSA)TM, in full support of our growing market share, within the TSCM | SIGINT | RSSM TMspace across the public and private sector, within the national security apparatus.

This latest release v1.36.1 is a full installer (64-Bit), and is also available in a 32-Bit release, if required.

PDTG Inc., and COMSEC LLc, made a number of strategic alliances during the event, with a strong focus on powerful new government, and military based Software Defined Radio technology, discussions, for fixed, and portable mobile deployment.

Many delegates were impressed by the powerful, scalability, and uniqueness of the detection, capture and analysis tools, with a current support level for seven (7) different manufacturers, receivers and spectrum analyzers, and very much impressed by plans for another three (3) prominent SDR products to be supported prior to the end of the year.

During the event, high-level discussions with a number of SDR manufacturers, expressed interest in the Kestrel TSCM ®Professional Software | Signals Intelligence Support System (SISS) TM platform.

The HMD TM feature is just one, of a series of new and powerful, professional features and functionality, added to the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software in the past number of months.





Monday, January 15, 2018

HUNDREDS of Twitter Employees Paid to View "Everything You Post," & Private "Sex Messages..


Project Veritas has released undercover footage of Twitter Engineers and employees admitting that Twitter employees view"everything you post" on their servers, including private "sex messages," and "d*ck pics." The engineers also admit that Twitter analyzes this information to create a "virtual profile" of you which they sell to advertisers. James O’Keefe has just completed a book about this series entitled "AMERICAN PRAVDA: My fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News." The book will be released by St. Martin’s Press on January 16, 2018.

More here.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Be Careful! You Can be Bugged in the Office..

Is your office bugged? Use these tips to detect bugs and electronic eavesdropping devices in your office.

Bugs, these treacherous tiny electronic devices can infest your home or even your office. Just like real life bugs, these devices are able to hide in small corners and mostly go unnoticed. With bugs near you in your workplace, you could disclose valuable information to strangers. People can steal your ideas, rob your intellectual property and use your private information against you.
You don’t want these things happening to you, right? So, how can you prevent your information from getting into the wrong hands? Here are some important tips from professionals to save you from getting bugged in the office.

1.    Keep your Eyes Open

Always be on the lookout for those people who need confidential and valuable information at work. In case you sense that employees or competitors have obtained information about matters that are supposed to be confidential, think how they have acquired this information which only you know of.

2.    Unfamiliar Faces

Aside from your colleagues, also keep an eye out for unfamiliar visitors who visit your office. Pay close attention to people who claim to be inspectors, technicians and exterminators. Buggers can sometimes disguise themselves as workers and install their malicious devices to steal your confidential information.

3.    Lookout for Vehicles

Be cautious of vehicles like vans and panel trucks that may loiter near your building. Also, keep an eye out for the vehicles that appear in your area repeatedly. There could be someone inside the vehicle, listening to your conversations through the electronic bugs they have set in your office.

4.    Be Cautious of New Things

Things that come in your office may already be bugged by those wanting to steal your confidential information. Have the items arriving in your office checked by security to ensure that there aren’t any visible suspicious electronic devices attached to them.

5.    Look for Intrusion

Hone your senses to detect signs of potential intrusion. Examine your office rooms for any suspicious object and keep your ears open for odd clicks and noise. If there is a television in your office and it experiences signal interferences, then there might be a transmitter nearby.

6.    Master the Details

Master every detail of your room like the position of decorative items, light fixtures and exit signs. Be on the lookout for even a slightest change in the position of your belongings.

7.    Bugs May Already be There

You can prevent bugs from making their way into your office. But, what if they’re already there? The only thing to do in this case is here a professional to detect and sweep bugs from your office.

If you didn’t know about these important tips and think that you’ve been bugged already, hire a TSCM professional from ComSec to perform a bug sweep and get rid of any potential bugs in your office. 
Contact ComSec, we can help.