In a scenario straight out of "Enhance, enhance!," MIT scientists have figured out that the tiny vibrations on ordinary objects like a potato chip bag or a glass of water or even a plant can be reconstructed into intelligible speech. All it takes is a camera and a snappy algorithm. Take a listen.
We've seen eavesdropping issues in Chrome before, like one exploit that lets sites ask for permission to the microphone, and then keeps listening long, long after. But now a new one discovered by Guy Aharonovsky goes a step further: it triggers listening with no permission, even if your microphone is completely…
Voice control is an awesomely futuristic way to control your technology like a spaceman, but only if you can trust it. So you might want to stay tight-lipped around Chrome; Google's browser has a dangerous security flaw that can let malicious sites eavesdrop on your every word.
It seems like every day brings a new "revelation" about Allied nations spying on other Allied nations. But while friends spying on friends might not be a huge surprise, the US is spending tons of money and brainpower trying to protect its sensitive conversations—in part, using portable security "tents."
Skype has long claimed to be "end-to-end encrypted", an architectural category that suggests conversations over the service would be difficult or impossible to eavesdrop upon, even given control of users' Internet connections. But Skype's 2005 independent security review admits a caveat to this protection: "defeat of…
Next Room is kind of like a mash up between a stethoscope, MP3 player and an old fashioned drinking glass. According to the product page, you can hear what is being said through wooden walls, doors, windows—even steel plates.
"If we get bigger than 150, we might have to go with Airbus."
Fat White Guy: I shouldn't even give you coffee.
Handsome Gizmodo Writer: Who? Me?
FWG: Yes you, you guys wrote a story on the cookie lady but not the fat white guy serving coffee!
"Don't tell the bloggies anything!"
"Anybody lose a blackberry? Anybody?" There's some chuckling, but our man is persistent. "They may have two or three of these...not know it's missing."
"You've got to see this Japanese phone! He says it's indestructible! We don't know what it is. And he says the battery really lasts!"
Our experience with Bluetooth headsets tells us that you first have to place it into discoverable mode before any other device can connect to it, but this video claims otherwise.
For some reason, we're seeing a lot of spy gear making the rounds these days, and here's yet another, an eavesdropping device you can make yourself for less than $25. This guy has replaced the earpieces on a $10 stethoscope with condenser mics from a couple of cheap-ass multimedia microphones. Then it's no big deal to…
If you'd like to hear those mice crawling around in the walls, the Rechargeable M-7 Secret Agent Spy Ear is for you. Its earpiece is designed for stealth, letting you listen in on conversations across the room undetected. Just pop the wireless device into your ear and somehow you can hear better than ever.
President Bush defends domestic eavesdropping, so why shouldn't you? The Mobile Spy Ear, which completes Wild Planet's trifecta of kiddie 007 gadgets, is moveable car with a microphone that transmits sounds to an earbud from up to 75 feet away.