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Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM): The Threat Process & Countermeasures Workshop

December 5th, 2019|

QCC’s Technical Director, Jason Dibley, is delivering a workshop at the Orchard Hotel, Singapore over the 16th & 17th of January next year (2020). The workshop will provide attendees with an understanding of what’s involved with Technical surveillance Countermeasures and why it’s needed.

iPhone Cameras Can Be Activated in the Background by Facebook App

November 28th, 2019|

Earlier this month it was reported by concerned users that
whilst scrolling through Facebooks app, their iPhones cameras were turned on in
the background.

Brought to light by multiple posts on twitter, Facebook’s iPhone app contained a bug that whilst users were looking at photos or watching videos, their cameras …read more

In-room Robots Used to Spy on Hotel Guests

November 21st, 2019|

Japanese hotel chain, Henn na, has been forced to
issue an apology after a major security flaw was discovered with their in-room
robots by a security researcher.

The chains parent company, HIS Group, owns several locations
across Japan that all use robots to carry out various tasks in the hotel. The robots
are …read more

Researchers Control Siri, Alexa and Google Home with Lasers

November 14th, 2019|

A report was published last week by a group of researchers
who were able to use lasers to control the three biggest smart assistants,
Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant. The devices received inaudible, sometimes
invisible, commands from the lasers. The researchers were able to send commands
such as asking the smart assistants …read more

Defence Contractor Uses Photographic Memory to Share UK State Secrets

October 31st, 2019|

British defence contractor, Simon Finch, claimed he had passed
on top-secret military information to foreign governments and was charged under
the official secrets act.

Finch worked for BAE systems and described himself as ‘someone
who works upon classified systems’ and added that he is ‘somewhat
autistic and a near-photographic memory’. He claimed …read more

Can the Samsung Galaxy S10’s fingerprint sensor be fooled by a £3 case?

October 17th, 2019|

Earlier this week a security flaw with one of Samsung’s
flagship phones, the Galaxy S10, was reported in the UK. The flaw enabled a
user to bypass the S10’s fingerprint reader, using any fingerprint to unlock
the device, no matter what biometric data was saved on the device.

In the past, the …read more

Aviation Employees Steal Trade Secrets

October 10th, 2019|

An executive of Russia’s state-owned aircraft engine maker,
United Engine Corp, was arrested in Italy on charges from the United States.
The Justice Department announced that the charges were to do with an attempt to
steal aviation secrets.

The executive in question is Alexander Korshunov. Korshunov
is 57 years old, the head of …read more

Canadian Director General Leaks Classified Information

October 3rd, 2019|

Last month, the director general of a Royal Canadian Mounted
Police (RCMP) intelligence unit had charges brought against him for disclosing
classified information to an unspecified foreign entity.

The accused, Cameron Jay Ortis, began his career with the
Mounted Police in 2007 and was once the director general of the RCMP’s National
Intelligence …read more

Squirrels are Eavesdropping on Birds

September 26th, 2019|

It’s been said that the small mammals can differentiate
between calls made by potential predators, giving them an idea of when best to
emerge.

In the USA scientists have been observing squirrels in the
state of Ohio, in both residential areas and public parks. In both areas the
scientists observed the grey squirrels, …read more

Use Skype Translator? Microsoft Could Be Listening…

September 19th, 2019|

Last month it was reported by Motherboard that Microsoft is
employing contractors to listen to recordings of personal conversations held on
Skype through their translation service. Motherboard obtained several internal
audio recordings, screenshots and documents that show what’s been happening.

Skype stated that their services ‘collects and uses’
any calls that use the …read more