How to find hidden transmitters and spy cameras in few minutes

Did you know that home and workplace are the two most common places where you can be spied on? Well, according to statistics carried out by security professionals, they are. Hardly surprising given the extensive use of smartphones, tablets, satellites and other technological devices in todays world. Be careful: we …

How I spy on you in the office or in any other places using an ordinary calculator

At the present time gossip seems to be trendy and self-protection from those people who may damage our reputation can reveal a winning strategy. Just think about your work environment where envy and rise to fame often push the people to discredit their colleagues. And what about those ones who …

Attention to the new gadgets of thieves

This may be the last discover of ingenious thieves who don’t hesitate to resort to the technology to hit unsuspecting victims. The news of recent months shows several cases where someone complains of being robbed, at home or in the company, after agreeing to unknowns small gadgets, deployed on the …

The new frontier of biometric access: the body odor

The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid has added to the biometric recognition tools already on the market, another ingredient: the body odor. Identification parameter that, according to the researchers may soon be used for a reliable recognition through personal characteristics and biological properties. So we’ll be able to filter people based …

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A micro camera in place of the eye

ottobre 4, 2013 Biotechnology No Commenti

Rob Spence, 36 years old, canadian director. At 9 years old, an accident with his grandfather’s gun deprived him of an eye. Many interventions not gone well. Watching American TV series, a few years ago, he has the idea of a bionic eye. So he contacted a California company specialized in miniature cameras for portable devices that provided him with a tiny camera, just 3.2 square millimeters with a resolution of 328x 250 pixels adapted to his eye.

Today he has a micro camera in the eyeball. The camera hasn’t really replaced the natural eye: it isn’t connected to the brain, but for his work as documentary filmmaker is a great help, he transmits wireless to any portable device whatever its “eye” sees.

In reality, Rob has different eyes, more than one. A white one that acts as a prosthesis that he leads under the bandage, two with a camera inside and one hyper-realistic. The decision of Spencer, also known as “eyeborg man”, has aroused different reactions. Who says it’s just a publicity stunt, who accused him of breach of privacy.

Of course the use of a miniature camera in every context can bring great benefits in terms of security and surveillance and, for documentary purposes, it knows no comparisons. Always smaller in size, the best companies are able to hide them everywhere: ties, pens, sunglasses, key rings and all sorts of objects. In many cases the only solution to situations that would otherwise not be verified and offer resolutions worthy of the film industry.

Never lose things again with the geolocation tools

settembre 19, 2013 Localization No Commenti

The geolocation is getting closer, at your fingertips. We’re all constantly losing things. Keys, bag, charger and many other tools of daily use are very often forgotten, lost. The hard part is finding them. This discomfort could be deleted with the help of geolocation devices.

In particular, big companies and startups are trying to answer to the distraction effects with products that will come soon on the market. Their secret would be an accessory, a “tag”, that is applied or connect in other ways to objects. These little devices could help to find the items with geolocation through smartphone, tablet or computer. Already three products are ready, two come from start-ups and one from Nokia (exclusive to Lumia phones, upgraded to Bluetooth 4.0.).
The tag shall be applied to the object you want to monitor, and from that moment, the tag will send location informations constantly. Through an application, it will be possible to identify where are the lost things at any time, with appropriate proximity alerts. Practically, the objects are tracked within fifty metres, and all positions can eventually be shared with other people.

In the professional field, the geolocation tools are already used by several years. Just think of the wide range of locators proposed by Endoacustica Europe. Are devices that fit almost all needs and also acting as anti-theft for the most precious objects (cars, bikes, security luggage …). They are excellent tools for monitoring children and elderly and preserve them from the dangers. Moreover they cover a very wide field, also thanks to the identification of the location through GSM triangulation provide localization even in the absence of GPS coverage. If the objects are really valuable, better to rely on leader in the field.

Infrared camera for smartphone

settembre 9, 2013 Technology No Commenti

As we know, we always want more from the smartphone: cameras increasely powerful, very high resolution for perfect images at your fingertips. But it’s still not enough. The new frontier of smartphone photography is the infrared sensor.
It’s called Quark, the first infrared camera for mobile devices, presented by the American company Flir, during the annual fair of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), dedicated to robot and drones.

The camera is similar to the models of drones, helmets and military viewers, but smaller. The first prototype consists of a cover for iPhone that follows the contour of the phone sticking out a few inches over the top, where is the lens. Because the device doesn’t transform the iPhone camera but has a lens about two inches wide. At the moment the quality is low, only 0.3 megapixel, the prototype aims to estimate the space that could have on the market.

In professional and military field, infrared photography is already used and popular. There are several systems able to observe through small everyday objects easily concealable. Also other sectors are taking advantages. In construction industry is used to detect water seepage or leakage from tubes, in the medical field for the diagnosis of breast cancer and in electronics to identify faults within an electrical circuit.
At the moment the experimental project can be accommodated only if the demand will be high allowing the reduction of costs, now too high. In addition, the very low quality doesn’t allow you to take great pictures to show. However, the infrared have taken the first steps.

The anti sleeping driving alarm can save your life

agosto 30, 2013 Self Defence No Commenti

Numerous videos on the web portray inattentive or completely asleep drivers at the wheel of public transports. Dramatic pictures if you think to the high number of users who travel daily by public transport and that entrust their lives in the hands of a stranger.

A research has estimated that between 15 and 40% of major incidents is attributable to sleep or tiredness, often associated with other factors such as alcohol, drugs, hearty meal. It’s enough a moment. The eyes close, the head swoops over handlebar while the hands that grab it are more and more soft.
The “dozing off” is therefore responsible of about one incident in twenty. Tiredness is one of the most important factors with regard to safety. In fact you shouldn’t drive for more than two consecutive hours and every driving time should be followed by 10 minute of break and rest. Little sleep leads to drive more nervous and fast. And then the speed could be another consequence of the bad habit.

A coffee, the radio on, a person beside or a little break often aren’t enough. Endoacustica Europe has tested an antisleep device , which is positioned comfortably over the ear and, in the case in which the head is inclined by more than 15-20 degrees, it starts to produce a loud sound that brings the driver quickly to reality. The product can be purchased online from the site www.endoacustica.com, the “Self Defense”. A little trick that can save your life and the lives of the passengers. The tools should be adopted not only by individuals, but also, and above all, by the administrators of transport companies. Only the smartest administrator always puts safety first.

The PRISM system, what it is

agosto 6, 2013 Self Defence No Commenti

On 6 June, the Washington Post has shocked the world spreading the news of the existence of a clandestine surveillance system, which is managed entirely by the U.S. government through its two most important agencies, the NSA and FBI.
The code name is PRISM and it’s responsible to monitor everything passes through nine of the most important sites in the world: Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube, PalTalk, AOL, Apple and Skype.
But let’s see what is PRISM, code-named of the US-984XN system. It’s a program of electronic surveillance and signal intelligence, classified “top secret” and used for the management of information collected from the internet and other electronic and telecommunication service providers.

It’s in operation for the National Security Agency (NSA) from 2007. Snowden (former employee of a computer company who works for the NSA) has described the PRISM program as enabled at the live surveillance of communications for much of the global Internet traffic and information stored. So with this tool you can get the contents of email, chat, voice and video chat, videos, photos, VoIP conversations, file transfer, and notification details of social networking sites. All this is possible thanks to the collaboration with leading service providers.

Furthermore PRISM exploits the characteristics of routing typical of the network: in particular the fact that the path followed by the packets during IP connections isn’t always the shortest but rather the cheapest. Thanks to these characteristics of routing much of the global traffic of communications between users/servers in different countries goes through the United States or U.S. ISPs; this allows to the system to store not only american data.

Snowden explained that the NSA, to expand the interceptions area, habitually carries tens of thousands of attacks against Internet backbone, both to friendly countries and Chinese providers. The only truly effective countermeasure that citizens can use to defend themselves by PRISM is, according to Snowden, the use of encryption systems (such as PGP, Tor and similar means.)
Cryptography is already used by leading security and surveillance companies to ensure the protection of telephone conversations. One example is the Stealth Phone of Endoacustica Europe that ensures maximum security making untraceable the phone and protecting the data. The intercepts often collaborate with the law, but that doesn’t mean that they should be carried out them without reason.

Stop mobile phones theft

luglio 30, 2013 Localization No Commenti

One hundred twenty thousand a year, ten thousand a month are the mobile phones stolen (or loss). These are the numbers from the homeland of mobile phones, smartphones and tablets thieves: London.

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, and the police are really troubled about the weight of these statistics and asked to the same companies devices producing to investigate about what is happening. In particular, they asked to Apple, Samsung and Microsoft to study which is the mechanism to disable illegal or dubious origin smartphone.

The case arose from a guy who ,in one year, has gone over 170 times in the Apple store in Regent Street asking and obtaining the replacement of “his” iPhone promptly dented. For each request he has got a new smartphone. But clearly the situation has intrigued managers, because it wasn’t a single case and, under similar circumstances, there had been also in Samsung.

The three giants have proposed a “Kill Switch”, an option, that works also from a distance, that “kills” the phone, making it useless and at the same time recognizable as a product stolen from its rightful owner (a evolution of the existing application “Find My iPhone”). So to prevent that the villains, like the boy of the 170 visits, to get away and even have, thanks to the exchange used-new, a nice packed smartphone. It isn’t clear if all the companies have accepted the option. 



Against thieves of smartphone & co there are battles going on in different parts of the world; the American police notes 113 phones stolen (or lost) every minute, for a total of 162,000 per day. The ideas and the means to achieve the “kill switch” are there, but who knows if corporations will act in haste and by mutual agreement. Meanwhile we cannot stand with folded hands, there are already efficient devices to prevent that our smartphone is lost, along with all the sensitive data in it.
Among the most reliable systems there is a software proposed by Endoacustica Europe. It’s a program that is installed on the mobile phone easily and allows to receive on another default smartphone (called pilot) the GPS location of the same. So if the smartphone is stolen you will know in a few minutes where the phone is and then get him back in your hands in few time. A solution already adopted by many people to protect the large number of personal data contained in the devices. The loss of these informations could cause damages higher than the subtraction of the same cell phone.

Google announced the algorithm for preventing online crimes

luglio 16, 2013 Technology No Commenti

The authorities use, as we known, a great number of micro-devices to monitor discreetly pc, smartphone and technological tools. Through them circulate every day millions and millions of informations. In this way, everything that is written is intercepted: email, sms and e-texts of all kinds. Now it seems that Mountain View want to patent an algorithm able to capture also what has not yet been written, that is, read the user’s mind while using Gmail, to block the spread of ideas in case of infringement of laws or if the system believes that the contents are dangerous.

It’s called Policy Violation Checker. An idea that could turn Google into a controller without respite, a kind of self-censorship digital unit for the thoughts in order to avoid that the user writes wrong contents. The Policy Violation Checker want catch the criminal before that he commits the crime. Indicting the thought made ​​up of words potentially dangerous, the algorithm would be ready to lock before the user presses the “Send” button. Protecting him from breaking laws or compromise relationships.

Many observers consider the Google idea a double edged sword. A tool that could certainly be very useful to curb the spread of dangerous digital contents. But also a system of assisted reasoning, a limit that should at least be optional. From Google says that the algorithm, once patented, not will adopted for its products. In the future, we don’t know.

It could be another additional tool, verified the reliability and trustworthiness, but for the moment it’s more appropriate to rely on concrete actions. Already adopt valid devices tested, professional and highly reliable to block criminals on the web, it would be a big step forward for both the authorities and citizens that will cooperate with law enforcement.

Locate a mobile phone with the technique used by bats and dolphins

luglio 4, 2013 Localization No Commenti

Locate the exact position of a cell phone in enclosed spaces may become possible thanks to an algorithm that allows us to reconstruct the 3D shape of a room, listening to the echo of the sounds produced inside, even simple ones like the snap of the fingers. The project was developed by a research group at the EPFL.

The researchers were inspired by echolocation, the system by which some animals such as bats and dolphins emit ultrasounds and register the returning echoes to locate the position of obstacles or food. In the same way, the method uses a sound source and four microphones to reconstruct a environment 3D. Each microphone picks up sound from the source and the echoes from various walls. The algorithm then compares the signal from each microphone.
The signals delays are used to calculate not only the distance between the microphones, but also the distance from each microphone between the walls and the sound source, locating in an exact and precise manner. By testing the algorithm in an empty room, in which is changed the position of a movable wall, was obtained a 3D map with pinpoint accuracy.


In the future, according to the research team, the method can be used to define the shape of a room by the echoes of a chat on a cell phone. Not only, the same technique could help to locate, thanks to the mobile phone, the precise location of a person in a room.
Today tracking systems are widely used both for surveillance and anti theft systems. In fact, if on the one hand allow to observe the movements of cell phones and monitor people or objects, on the other allow you to track goods or valuables in case of theft or loss. The localization is one of the most useful application in our day!

Spain: a trojan to spy on suspects

giugno 28, 2013 Self Defence No Commenti

A virus of State, a trojan, perfectly legal, to be installed on computers, smartphones and tablets of those is under suspicion. The proposal comes from Spain and if it passes, will allow to the authorities – after the penal code reform – to spy on any electronic devices of a person under investigation or in remand. All this, of course, without that the subject is aware of them.

The idea is of a commission from the Spanish Ministry of Justice following the German example. In Germany, the trojans are already used for terrorism investigations. What it does discuss is the indiscriminate use of intercepted data. Once installed, the trojan, in fact, the possibilities are endless for the police. They can access to the passwords of all profiles and to bank details, use Skype and even e-mail services. When the police have obtained the permission of the judge to install it, the program is automatically extended to all electronic devices, including smartphones, tablets and USB drives. And operators are obliged to cooperate with the authorities.

According to the proponents of the law, this system would be useful against pornography, organized crime and terrorism. The debate in Spain is about the production of the trojans. Who will develop it will have big gains and power. What is certain is that also in Europe is raising the question of controls (and interceptions) on the web. Always in Germany, the government and the federal police have admitted to monitor Skype, Google Mail, MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Facebook and chats if it appear necessary.

The main tools currently used for this type of interceptions are spy softwares able to listen calls live, read incoming and outgoing messages, know the location of the phone and thus also of the suspect and listen what is happening in the surrounding environment. All this in an absolutely discrete manner. The same thing is valid for computers: key loggers and key hunters can find out everything that happens on a computer, including passwords and chat. Apparently the trojan is already in action!

How U.S. monitor citizens

giugno 14, 2013 Self Defence No Commenti

A few days ago it appeared the news about high controls implemented by the National Security Agency with the tacit agreement of the White House and the Department of Justice, in short, for account of the U.S. Government.

We wanted to find out more about how these data are captured and transferred. Massimiliano Sala, one of the leading European experts, director of the encryption laboratory of the Trento University gave an interview to “La Repubblica” in which he explains how work the great interceptions machine “made ​​in the USA”.

According to his experience, “The U.S. government, through the National Security Agency, first takes the “metadata”, records with summary data about communications: who called whom, at what time, what sites were visited”. As if they had installed a phone bug per citizen and key loggers for the PC.

The real interception probably is carried out “with the collaboration of a telephone or internet operator then provides the records to the government. Would it be possible to get them without the help of operators, through bugs inserted on all nodes of communication”, but considering the large number of U.S. citizens would be too expensive.

From the metadata, then they try to understand what conversations and connections should be further explored in content. “It’s probably using an algorithm that triggers an alarm when it detects some abnormal behavior“.

“In short, if the metadata has a match with a pattern of behavior usually associated with dangerous people, an alarm is triggered and the government acquires the contents of the emails and phone calls. Then, it goes to Google and searching for the suspect email texts. So it asks to the operator to work together to intercept phone calls, through special devices connected to systems and telephone lines”.

Control is carried out “using a sophisticated artificial intelligence, which simulates the human. The terrorists and gangsters certainly don’t write or say suspect words on the phone, but they use periphrasis. So the algorithm doesn’t seek for exact words, but processes the sentence to understand. “Later, the algorithm triggers the alarm and the case goes to the agent in flesh and blood.

In targeted cases, it works in the same way with extremely professional tools such as telephone bugs or parabolic microphones, both able to listen conversations at distance virtual or physical. In this way, the control being targeted, not affecting the privacy of honest citizens who most of the times are intercepted without real reasons.

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