surveillance

CyPhy Parc drone surveys the landscape without ever needing to land

CyPhy Parc drone surveys the landscape without ever needing to land

The thing that normally limits how long a drone can stay in the air for surveillance or any other type of work is how long the batteries can last. Since most of the unmanned drones are like helicopters they don't glide when the power stops, they fall to the ground. A new drone from CyPhy called the Parc is in the works and this drone could stay in the air indefinitely.

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NSA expanded warrantless internet surveillance in attempt to stop hackers

NSA expanded warrantless internet surveillance in attempt to stop hackers

New documents from Edward Snowden have revealed that since 2012, the US's National Security Agency has had an expanded ability to spy on Americans' internet data and communications, with no need to get a warrant. The documents were published in a New York Times article this week, and reveal that the NSA's goal is to find and stop hackers attempting cyberattacks from outside the country. Until now, this program was never disclosed to the public.

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SpotCam HD Pro: a durable security cam for outdoors

SpotCam HD Pro: a durable security cam for outdoors

SpotCam has announced the upcoming arrival of its new SpotCam HD Pro, a consumer-level security camera designed specifically for outdoor use (though, of course, it'd do just fine indoors, too). The camera is reasonably durable and both water/dustproof (IP65 certified), which is enough to withstand the rain or any dust that's blowing around. This is coupled with a mixture of cloud-based footage storage, mobile control via Android and iOS apps, and simplistic functionality that makes setup fairly quick and painless.

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Man tracks down stolen package through Facebook, surveillance footage

Man tracks down stolen package through Facebook, surveillance footage

It's not unheard of these days for delivered packages to go missing, especially when so many people are buying potentially valuable gifts online. The delivery service drives up, leaves a box at your front door when no one answers, and someone nearby with ill intentions and a chance opportunity snatches the item and runs off. One man in Texas recently found himself in this situation, but through creative use of a surveillance camera and Facebook, he actually managed to track down and recover his package.

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Detekt tool hunts down government spyware on your PC

Detekt tool hunts down government spyware on your PC

Government surveillance is a hot topic, and as news about the extent of such monitoring keeps coming, many individuals have wondered at one point or another whether any of their own data is under some agency's watchful eye. To help (potentially) ease your paranoia is a new open-source malware tool called Detekt, which its maker Claudio Guarnieri -- with support from the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- says will help you determine whether your computer is infected. The malware detector is available for Windows users.

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Panel says NSA surveillance is a threat to the Internet’s survival

Panel says NSA surveillance is a threat to the Internet’s survival

Imagine a future where a single unified Internet no longer exists, instead being replaced by locked down local versions that exist, primarily, to keep prying eyes away from data that is private. Such is one possibility posed by current government Internet surveillance, largely resting on the NSA's shoulders, according to a panel that recently gathered to discuss the issue. Senator Ron Wyden set up the discussion panel, and many big-name individuals from within the tech industry took part, including Google's Eric Schmidt and Microsoft's General Counsel Brad Smith. The topic is a serious one, and dire warnings were given.

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TinyCam gets Android Wear support: surveillance from your wrist

TinyCam gets Android Wear support: surveillance from your wrist

The childhood dream of monitoring camera feeds directly on your wrist watch has finally come to fruition with the introduction of devices like the Moto 360. TinyCam Monitor has received a new update that brings support for Android Wear, allowing those with a related wearable to take a peek through their camera from their watch.

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NSA Transparency Report is in the last place you’d look

NSA Transparency Report is in the last place you’d look

Like so many of our favorite tech companies are doing lately, the NSA has released a “transparency” report. The scope of the report is to give us a better idea of just what the NSA was up to in 2013. Unfortunately, just like some of the other reports we see, it doesn’t give a lot of detail, and may not even be useful in many cases.

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Australian spying bill includes mandatory data harvesting

Australian spying bill includes mandatory data harvesting

The Australian government is looking to enact a mandatory data harvesting requirement for ISPs and phone service providers, something that will be proposed in a bill set to be submitted in the near future. This will come alongside another bill being prepped that will give the government expanded surveillance authority.

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UK counter-terrorism boss wants unfettered data access

UK counter-terrorism boss wants unfettered data access

A new report submitted by the General Director of the Office for Security and Counter-terrorism in the UK has some surprising takes on surveillance. According to Charles Farr, because some data centers reside outside of the UK, all surveillance should be fair game. This would extend beyond public chats and into private correspondence.

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Facial recognition catches its first criminal in Chicago

Facial recognition catches its first criminal in Chicago

Factions have split over surveillance technology like facial recognition, with some welcoming it and others expressing concern about its use, particularly in light of leaks alleging the NSA is mass collecting images in relation to it. The technology served a valid purpose in recent times, however, leading to the first arrest in Chicago based off of its use.

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Leaked NSA pics show routers being bugged

Leaked NSA pics show routers being bugged

This past August, the (at the time) latest Snowden leak revealed a secret hacking collective at the NSA called Tailored Access Operations, more commonly referred to as TAO. More information surfaced about the unit is subsequent leaks, the latest of which includes a couple pictures of the TAO bugging intercepted network hardware.

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