Villamia Drimal sued FBI for listening in on ‘intimate’ talks

Wife of Inside Trader Gets $90,000 Over FBI Eavesdropping

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Photo above:  Craig Drimal leaves federal court on Nov. 5, 2009. The U.S. government agreed to pay $90,000 to the wife of a convicted inside trader who sued Federal Bureau of Investigation agents claiming they unlawfully eavesdropped on intimate conversations with her husband. In a settlement agreement obtained by Bloomberg News under the Freedom of Information Act, Arlene Villamia Drimal, …

New York bill aims to limit police use of stingray phone surveillance

New York bill aims to limit police use of ‘stingray’ phone surveillance

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New York bill aims to limit police use of ‘stingray’ IMSI-catching equipment New York lawmakers are pushing a new draft privacy bill that aims to curtail the use of cell site simulators, often used by law enforcement for eavesdropping and surveillance. The bill, A1895, introduced last week, also includes additional privacy protections for residents of New York state, as well …

Macedonian Secret Police ‘Obstructing Eavesdropping Trial’

Macedonian Secret Police ‘Obstructing Eavesdropping Trial’

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At the trial of seven secret police employees charged with destroying documents to hide their involvement in large-scale illegal wiretapping, the Special Prosecution alleged the secret police were obstructing proceedings. At the court hearing in the so-called ‘Fortress’ case on Tuesday in Skopje, the Special Prosecution, SJO said that the Macedonian Secret Police, the UBK, was protecting its employees by …

Eavesdropper Anthony Swancott arrested

Eavesdropper Anthony Swancott arrested in Rome NY

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A Rome man has been arrested in connection with an incident involving his ex-girlfriend.  Oneida County Sheriff’s Office says 33-year old Anthony Swancott of Rome is charged with Eavesdropping, a felony. Authorities say an investigation revealed that Swancott allegedly installed an app on his ex-girlfriend’s cell phone which tracked her location and forwarded a copy of each text message to …

When a Foreign Government Interfered in a U.S. Election to Re-elect FDR

When a Foreign Government Interfered in a U.S. Election to Re-elect FDR

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From fake news to covert ops, aspects of Russia’s alleged efforts to boost Trump echo tactics pioneered in 1940. Covert intelligence operations, propaganda, fake news stories, dirty tricks—all were used in a foreign government’s audacious attempt to influence U.S. elections. It wasn’t 2016; it was 1940, and the operations were employed not by a hostile adversary, but by America’s closest …

Chinese state insurer caught up in eavesdropping scandal

Chinese state insurer caught up in eavesdropping scandal

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CHINESE insurance regulator said that a state insurer used an iPhone and a voice recorder to eavesdrop on inspectors. China Insurance Regulatory Commission Shandong bureau said Saturday that the eavesdropping devices were found at the Weifang office of Yingda Taihe Property Insurance. The regulator had been inspecting the Shandong branch. On Jan. 6, inspectors found the iPhone and voice recorder …

How Does Industrial Espionage Affect Economic Growth?

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How Does Industrial Espionage Affect Economic Growth?  A new economic paper argues that industrial espionage works. Landmark new work in economics may give us a new understanding of the role of industrial espionage in economic growth, and may also give us a better handle on appreciating the overall impact of espionage on the U.S.-China relationship. States behave as if industrial …

When Cyber Security Meets Physical Security

When Cyber Security Meets Physical Security

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In a recent interview with CNN, the Director of the Secret Service noted that his organization is increasingly focusing on the cyber security of the physical facilities visited by the President of the United States as part of its duty to protect him. This raises the fascinating question of just how much cybersecurity will become part of the physical security …

Bizarre noise-cancelling mask stops colleagues eavesdropping on your conversations

Bizarre noise-cancelling mask stops colleagues eavesdropping on your conversations

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The unusual device hooks up to a smartphone and also includes a range of sound effects Showcased at the CES tech show in Las Vegas last week, the unusual device features built-in microphones for active voice suppression.  What’s more, ‘voice masking mode’ enables the user to choose from a selection of audio affects including Darth Vadar, R2-D2 or a Minion.  …

Hopkinsville Attorney Indicted For Eavesdropping

Hopkinsville Attorney Indicted For Eavesdropping

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The Christian County Grand Jury indicted a longtime Hopkinsville attorney and his former client on eavesdropping charges. HOPKINSVILLE, Tenn. – The Christian County Grand Jury indicted a longtime Hopkinsville attorney and his former client on eavesdropping charges. Sands Morris Chewning of Chewning & Chewning Law was indicted for Eavesdropping, Unlawful Transaction with a Minor, Second Degree and Installation of an Eavesdropping Device. Cherie Sherrill …