MIT Scientists Figured Out How to Eavesdrop Using a Potato Chip Bag

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. » 8/04/14 2:33pm 8/04/14 2:33pm

Chrome Bug Can Turn Whole Pages Into Record Buttons for Eavesdroppers

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… » 4/08/14 3:30pm 4/08/14 3:30pm

A Layman's Guide to the High-Tech Tents That Keep Secrets Secret

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." » 11/11/13 3:40pm 11/11/13 3:40pm

Why Doesn't Skype Protect You Against Eavesdropping?

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… » 7/19/13 4:50am 7/19/13 4:50am

Electromagnetic Scanners Can Detect What You're Typing Right Now

It's obvious to assume that your henpecking on a wireless keyboard could be intercepted by a RF-snooping ne'er-do-well, but what about your wired or laptop keyboard—that should be safe, right? Nope. Researchers at Lausanne, Switzerland's Security and Cryptography Laboratory (part of the EPFL school) have demonstrated » 10/20/08 6:40pm 10/20/08 6:40pm

Eavesdrop Through Walls With a Do-It-Yourself Recording Spy Stethoscope

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… » 9/28/07 9:10am 9/28/07 9:10am

Secret Agent Spy Ear for Eavesdroppers, Snoops and Busybodies

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. » 2/20/07 11:45am 2/20/07 11:45am