Category Archives: Surveillance

US Spying and this Time – Israeli

israeli spying NSAThis time the revelations of Edward Snowden brought attention to Israeli. The latter demanded to put a stop to spying from the side of the U.S. as the leaked documents appeared to have information about calls and email interception.

With Israeli and the U.S. being alleys the aforementioned documents can bring much of the unnecessary tension to the relationships between the countries. The Israeli side has already reacted negatively and ever angrily to the fact that they have been spied on and it also brought to live the issue of Jonathan Pollard release. The latter, being a former American intelligence analyst, was convicted for the spying activity on behalf of Israel and has already served about 30 years of his term.

In accordance with Yuval Steinitz, the Israeli Intelligence Minister, present actions of the U.S. are neither legitimate nor decent and he also proposed to form and mutual agreement concerning espionage.

The recent documents that leaked contain the information about the spying on emails of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as well as Defense Minister Ehud Barak. There is no information whether spying on cell phones took place but one thing is for sure and it is that the NSA and GCHQ (British intelligence agency) took steps to target the emails of aforementioned politic figures.

At the present moment the Israeli is under the impression that they are still being closely monitored and are taking measures to secure their communications. However, the official reaction to the revelations is not to the favor of the U.S. and definitely not the one to warm up the relationships between the countries.

Taking into consideration the old scandal around Pollard, the topic of espionage is something that won’t ever be something easy to mention between Israel and the U.S. As it has been said, Pollard has already spent 30 years in prison and Israeli hasn’t used any means to spy on the U.S. since that time they definitely are not eager to tolerate an opposite approach.

At the present moment the Prime Minister of Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu stresses that they are going to apply for the release of Pollard further on and that this fact is not connected with the

 

Ikea Spying in France

ikea spy franceIt seems like spying on employees is becoming more and more popular issue and even Ikea turns out is not an exception. The word spread that the company used spy techniques in order to get more information about the people employed with the company. One of the deputy directors of communications and merchandising for Ikea in France was actually fired in the result of what appeared to be a private investigation.

At the present moment it is a subject of the regional court investigation whether Ikea executives were actually involved in something as outrageous as this taking into account that more than one employee is concerned.

As it appears in the court records provided by The New York Times the investigations carried out by Ikea had many various underlying reasons and among them were job applicants vetting as well as attempts to build up cases against the alleged wrongdoers among employees and even cases against the complaining customers. It seems to be an impressive number of cases that amount to 475,000 euro total were approved by Ikea France finance department for investigators. It is really a large sum of money.

The case with the deputy director of communications and merchandising caused outrage in France as the idea of violating privacy in such an illegal way is something unthinkable.

Before the aforementioned situation it has never been supposed that Ikea used any surveillance methods in the rest of the countries where it operates. It is still not understandable that out of 42 countries it is France that got engaged into the activity and so much. Besides, there was not that much use of the information if compared to the money and effort spent on its acquiring.

It is really strange to believe the story is to take place in France – a modern democratic county that values privacy equally to liberties. However, it looks like there is a certain number of complaints were files against the company with regards to the issue.

Ikea admits to having conducted its own investigation on the account of the alleged spying on phone calls and surveillance; however, they refused to provide any public comment on the account of the alleged illegal activities of the company’s executives. The leaked fact about the job applicants under vetting and further private investigations haven’t been mentioned either. On all the accounts Ikea representatives preferred to keep silent.

 

US Spy Agency New Facts of Cell Phone Records Collections

nsaThere have been many rumors around the actions of the American NSA recently and surely they will be more information revealed. Much of the information saw the light due to the Edward Snowden revelations and it is surely not the last bit. In accordance with the recent report it looks like the agency has got some mass surveillance tool at their disposal; and uses it in various ways.

This report became known to general public shortly after Snowden’s first announcement. His aim is to attract attention of the public to the NSA illegal activity. Since that time the former agency’s information technology subcontractor has been on the run.

It is only natural that he could not stay home because of the espionage charges. The information he provided was really interesting to many people and countries as the reports reveal spying on cell phones of foreign leaders and ministers as well as on common U.S. citizens as well. There have also been data collection on the internet and GPS tracking and all this is just the part of the NSA huge surveillance program.

It is believed that the agency carried out the spying operations by tapping into cables of mobile phone networks around the world. There are also two corporate firms (their names are not mentioned) that seem to be in charge of data location.

It has also become known that the agency has also collected information from the cell phones of the American citizens that travel abroad. As it appears, a mobile phone is able to broadcast the location even if not used for the direct purposes of calling or texting and it is possible to track the suspect’s movements and patters with even such small information only using some mathematical techniques.  There are also other methods and among them are such analytic ones as “CO-TRAVELER”.

The NSA has not given any confirmation of the fact that they indeed track the locations of their own citizens on their travels abroad; and from the information they provided it looks like the data received from the aforementioned mobile phones appeared at their disposal quite incidentally. It should be believed that certain geo-location data collection tools are meant for the protection of the state purposes only and by no means has their usage spread on the general public. However, the leaks from Snowden show that there is much more to the case than the agency is willing to admit.

Each and every new bit of information adds to the impression that it is a mistake for anyone to underestimate the capability of the agency and its tracking and spying possibilities. It really looks like there is no sense in any security measures when it comes to communications as there is nothing impossible for the NSA.

However, even though such powers are undoubtedly useful and beneficial when it comes to the questions of national security, the recent leaks about the usage of the program for the purposes other than these might raise (and already has) the violation of privacy rights question. All this can lead to the most serious consequences, indeed. The implementation of such a huge-scale program should always go through the public debate at the very least first – especially when the private lives of many people we are talking about.

 

Australia Spied on Indonesian President

Indonesia presidentIt has become known that the cell phone of the Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, was tracked by Australia’s spy agencies. The mobile phones of his wife and ministers as well as other confidants were targeted as well. The information came from the already well-known Edward Snowden.

This is yet another revelation in the list of many made by Snowden recently, and, surely not the last. In accordance with the document that is dated by November 2009, the president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as well as 9 ministers from the inner circle were supposed to be tracked. The peculiar fact is that some of the names mentioned in the document are the candidates in the presidential elections that are to take place the next year. The first lady is on the list as well.

It is only understandable that after the Snowden’s revelation the reaction of Marty Natalegawa, the Indonesian foreign minister was far from calm. Now Australia faces the possibility of acquiring serious complications in cooperation with Indonesia in many fields and particularly when it comes to terrorism and human trafficking. One can only guess how the spy scandal story continues.

The relationship between the countries is not the warmest at the present moment and especially in the light of the recent policy of the Abbott government that tends to restrict the options for the people in search of asylum coming from Indonesia. The revelation does not help to improve the tense relationship but rather seems to have aggravated it after the leak appeared in press.

The material revealed by Snowden refers to the documents from the Australian Department of Defence and the Defence Signals Directorate. It is top secret information and contains the records of mobile phones interception since the time of 3G technology introduction to Asian regions. It is a slide presentation and contains enough information to make any country furious. The slides contained information about the cell phone types as well as voice intercept records of the president as well as the first lady and other targets.

Among other names that were mentioned in the leak as a target for surveillance is Dino Patti Djalal. Former foreign affairs spokesman now ambassador to the US, he  announced his plans for seeking candidacy in the presidential elections that will take place in the year 2014. He represents the Democratic Party. It seems that Australian agencies used to spy on cell phone of another candidate as well – Hatta Rajasa. He is likely to represent the National Mandate party and at the present moment occupies the position of the minister for economic affairs. It is also peculiar that in 2009 Hatta Rajasa was the minister for transport and he is related to the president.

 

Mobile Spy Apps and ID Theft Prevention

More and more smartphones appear on the market and with the growing availability of them, more owners appear as well. But there is also a great number of people who still cannot afford such purchases and this is the reason why so many smartphomes get stolen. And in them there is personal data. In this respect, it makes sense to take better security measures.

1People do not think much about the information they keep in their smartphones before they lose them or someone steals it from them. It appears that many important pictures were there and they were the only copy. Besides, people tend to be more tied to their devices and they do more various confidential operations via mobile applications. At the same time they pay little attention to security of these transactions. One of the most popular applications is online mobile banking and careless usage of it can lead to pretty sad consequences. All the financial data can be easily accessed by some outsider and you will get into a big trouble.

One of the strangest and illogical things is that while people install anti-virus software on their home computers and laptops, they neglect these measures when it comes to their smartphones.  And this is a mistake; the same as to keep its content open to the public.

Well, to be honest, if a person who stole your smartphone is a professional, he or she will get the access to every bit of your information. Here the social network accounts and SMS content might be important but not as essential as your financial information and your banking account.1a

Isn’t it the reason to be more careful with your smartphone? Extra security is always a plus and when it comes to a mobile monitoring software application – there is really something to think of. Mobile spy has a number of features and it can be used differently; however, when installed to own smartphone, it will add to its protection and won’t allow any unauthorized access.

If you lose you smartphone or have it stolen, it will be easy to trace the location of the device. However, defining the location is one thing that is good enough; but you will also be able to lock the accounts you consider important. With mobile spy application you can have remote control over you phone and make sure that if it happens so and your smartphone is lost or stolen, no important information could be found there.

Surely, not all applications are perfect and flawless but it is better to have them as a part of your smartphone security than not.