A Google Glass App That Helps the Watchers Watch the Watchmen

If you're committed to avoiding the gaze of the ever-growing number of cameras recording our every move, Google Glass hardly seems like a sensible purchase. That is, unless your face-computer can steer you around each camera's field of view. Enter Sander Veenhof's new Glass app, Watch Your Privacy. Now, you and your… » 4/16/14 2:20pm Wednesday 2:20pm

Police Are Testing a "Live Google Earth" To Watch Crime As It Happens

In Compton last year, police began quietly testing a system that allowed them to do something incredible: Watch every car and person in real time as they ebbed and flowed around the city. Every assault, every purse snatched, every car speeding away was on record—all thanks to an Ohio company that monitors cities from… » 4/14/14 2:20pm Monday 2:20pm

Report: NSA Used Heartbleed to Spy on People for Years

It's true. After days of speculation over whether the NSA knew about the Heartbleed vulnerability that affected as many as two thirds of the websites on the internet, two anonymous sources tell Bloomberg that the NSA didn't just know about it, they used it to gather intelligence. » 4/11/14 3:05pm 4/11/14 3:05pm

The drones and cameras in this dystopian animation are horrifying

The dystopia created in this animation by Simon Russell is a world I hope to never be a part of: drones littered across the sky, surveillance cameras pointing every which way and for some reason, dubstep. It doesn't all make sense but Russell's imaginative take on the look of futuristic drones and cameras are perfectly … » 4/09/14 8:31pm 4/09/14 8:31pm

Pompeii's Ruins Are Being Wired Up By An "Electronic Warfare" Firm

The ruined city of Pompeii—its residents' bodies so famously and eerily preserved by the very volcanic ashes that fatally buried them nearly 2,000 years ago—has seen better days. With neither the budget nor the personnel to protect itself against invading hordes of international tourists, the city is at risk of damage, … » 4/08/14 10:40am 4/08/14 10:40am

South Korea Thinks It Found Two Crashed Drones From North Korea

On Wednesday, South Korean officials unveiled photos of two rudimentary drones that crashed over the border, on South Korean land, around the same time the country exchanged live fire with North Korea. And, indeed, they think it was the North Koreans who sent the drones—if you want to call them drones, that is. » 4/02/14 11:00am 4/02/14 11:00am

The NSA's Been Spying on Every Single Call, Text, and Email in Iraq

A couple weeks ago, we learned from leaked documents that the NSA has the capability to record an entire country's calls, texts, and email in real time. That's a hell of a capability, and those documents revealed that it was being used in one country. Now, thanks to a retired NSA leader, we know which country that is:… » 3/31/14 3:19pm 3/31/14 3:19pm

24 Hour Surveillance Is Just Fine When the Cameras Are This Adorable

With revelations that the NSA pretty much has complete access to our online lives, there's been a recent spike in public concern over surveillance. However, in the real world it's hard to be upset about security cameras always staring down at you when they look like adorable woodland and jungle creatures. Awwww, there… » 3/26/14 10:40am 3/26/14 10:40am

This Facial Recognition Software Signals the End of the Security Guard

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Minority Report references are old hat in the tech world. In fact, it's often a great way to describe technology that, as the cliche goes, "sounds like something out of a Philip K. Dick novel," yet is destined to remain a fiction. But this futuristic facial-recognition security system is the exception. It exists, and… » 3/20/14 5:20pm 3/20/14 5:20pm

NSA System Can Record an Entire Country's Calls for 30 Days at a Time

Remember all that business about the NSA saying it only collects phone metadata? Yeah, that's not true. Not only can the NSA listen in on foreigners' phone calls. It can record "every single" conversation in an entire country and store the recordings for 30 days at a time, a new Washington Post report reveals. » 3/18/14 12:00pm 3/18/14 12:00pm

The NSA Has Impersonated Facebook To Spread Malware

So the NSA is spying on you. You've known that for quite some time now. What you might not know much about is exactly how they're doing, and a new report from Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald offers up some pretty grizzly details about the agency's worldwide, automated malware network. » 3/12/14 10:02am 3/12/14 10:02am

These Trippy Rorschach Landscapes Came From NYC Surveillance Cameras

James Bridle is always up to something. Whether he's drawing pictures of drone shadows or mapping out cities with balloons, the self-described writer, artist, and publisher seems fascinated with the intersection of politics and geography. His latest project is no exception. » 3/11/14 3:40pm 3/11/14 3:40pm

FBI and Secret Service Phone Calls Intercepted by Google Maps Exploit

Yesterday, when Bryan Seely showed me his various Google Maps exploits, he showed me more than just dick jokes and fake businesses. Using these tricks, Seely was also able to set up a system that could surreptitiously record phone calls to the FBI and Secret Service. And he actually did it. » 2/27/14 6:10pm 2/27/14 6:10pm

Who Needs UAVs When You've Got Surveillance Munitions?

The US military has poured millions upon millions of dollars into squad-based tactical UAVs—the kind deployed by troops for close-range ASAP reconnaissance—over the past few years, developing the likes of the Puma AE and Black Hornet. But ST Kinetics has just unveiled a clever surveillance system that uses modified 40… » 2/19/14 12:40pm 2/19/14 12:40pm

Newark's Fancy New LED Lights Have Little Spy Cams Inside

The next time you're passing through Newark airport, look up and smile. The airport's new super-efficient LED light fixtures are also embedded with cameras and sensors—and they're part of a growing market for surveillance technology that is built into other, everyday systems. » 2/18/14 11:20am 2/18/14 11:20am