Category Archives: surveillance

NSA XKeyscore tool targets Linux users

Apparently the US NSA believes that users of Linux in general, and readers of online ezine Linux Journal in particluar are extremists. According to this article on the NDR.de Panorama blog, internet users whose searches contained terms related to the … Read more

The street lights really ARE tracking you

Reuters has reported that overhead street lights are being retrofitted with multi-sensor capabilities. One such platform being used is known as Netsense by Sensity. The Sensity site describes the platform thusly: NetSense integrates LED lighting, sensors, high-speed networking, cloud computing, … Read more

Advice: what to expect when authorities confiscate your electronics

It’s unfortunate that we have to consider these matters, but with governments worldwide obsessed with violating the privacy of ordinary citizens we found a well documented post which puts some flesh on what some naively view as skeletal paranoia. In … Read more

CreepyDOL WiFi surveillance project debuts at Blackhat/DEFCON

CreepyDOL, the Creepy Digital Object Locator, is a distributed tracking system that uses low-cost hardware sensors, a robust communications system, and simple observation to give near-real-time identification of humans and tracking capabilities to anyone. It’s goal is to develop hardware … Read more

Transparency Grenade blows WiFi privacy out of water

Created in January, 2012, by Julian Oliver for the Studio Weise7 exhibition at Labor 8, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, the Transparency Grenade represents a more physical approach to fostering the process of corporate and government transparency than the … Read more

28c3: the FreedomBox

This lightning talk from the recent 28C3 conference in Berlin is a general introduction and status update on the development of the FreedomBox project. The FreedomBox is a personal server running a free software operating system and free applications, designed … Read more

Defcon 19: Network Monitoring with Arduino

Steve Ocepek, Director of Security Research, Trustwave SpiderLabs presented this talk at Defcon 19 (2011). He harkens back to the days of blinking modem lights, and demonstrates how to create a modern day “blinking light” network monitoring device using the … Read more

Irongeek’s Teensy based SD keylogger

Adrian Crenshaw (“Irongeek”) has released the project details and code for his latest hardware keylogger. If you have a Teensy board and ever thought about experimenting with keyloggers you’ll find everything you need in Adrian’s project description. You simple connect … Read more

How to build still another passive ethernet tap

firestorm_v1 from yourwarrantyisvoid has published this detailed tutorial on building and using a passive ethernet tap. His goal in this project is to facilitate network monitoring for intrusion detection purposes, and wanted hardware which will allow the monitoring for traffic … Read more