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Questions tagged [surveillance]

A broad program of constant observation/interception of communications and behavior of individuals and organizations by state and (rarely) non-state actors, including foreign and domestic intelligence agencies.

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What steps should I take to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises in a recently purchased home?

After buying a house from another party (i.e. not new construction) what steps should I take to ensure the previous residents have not left behind anything unpleasant for me? I'm not worrying about ...
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Can employer see your posting content on a public site when using their network on their hardware [duplicate]

Can the employer identify you as the person that posted on a website (you logged onto the system using their computer) if the computer is replaced by a new one?
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Need to encrypt RTSP over LAN

I tried googling everywhere, but got no help with what I needed specifically. Let's say I have several IP cameras on a local area network. This LAN will NOT be connected to the Internet. The IP ...
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Is it true that any current smartphone is broadcasting audio and position of its owner even if switched off and not given permission by the owner?

Is it true that any current smartphone is broadcasting audio and position of its owner by design even if switched off and not given permission by the owner to broadcast?
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The Girl in the Spider's Web: SCSI hack?

In the movie, the main character is shown tapping into a network of surveillance cameras. She uses a SCSI connector which allows her to send the camera footage to a remote computer. I know it's a ...
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Is the size of a packet sent through a Tor circuit consistent?

I was researching attack vectors on the Tor network and stumbled across something interesting For example, suppose the attacker controls or watches the Tor relay you choose to enter the network, ...
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Do smartphones have built-in surveillance in certain countries?

I recently was in a third world country which is know as a police state with heavy cyber surveillance. I noticed that brand new smartphones came in a box that had a nice holographic seal showing the ...
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Is it possible to examine a Huawei device to answer definitively whether or not there is a security risk?

There has been a lot of news lately, and in the last few years, about Huawei being a security risk. Can someone explain what the basis is for the risk, other than speculation? Is there not a way to ...
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How to see the filesystem of a camera firmware?

I watched https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8DjTcANBx0 and in this video he downloads several camera firmwares and analyzes their files. As far as I know, the firmwares are binary files that you can ...
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Surveillance by mobile network provider

I am customer of Vodafone Germany as my mobile network provider. After extension of my RED S mobile contract i realized, that the option "Vodafone Secure Net" is enforced by the company without ...
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Police forcing me to install Jingwang spyware app, how to minimize impact?

Chinese police are forcing whole cities to install an Android spyware app Jingwang Weishi. They are stopping people in the street and detaining those who refuse to install it. Knowing that I may be ...
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Hide ports being knocked during Port Knocking

A while ago I wrote an article about implementing Port Knocking using iptables. Later in the post, I also talked about making this mechanism more secure. The way it works is that in order to open a ...
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How to obtain privacy and authenticity with DNS?

I use pfSense (Unbound) as my local resolver. Historically I've pointed it at root recursive resolution, because I perceived my main threat as trustworthiness and recency of data (poisoned/invalid DNS)...
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Why aren't foreign VPN companies forced to keep logs? [closed]

This link explains the inconsistency with what VPN services consider 'logging'. Certainly, there is no way for us to verify their claims without an extremely rigorous independent audit. But even that ...
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Research on pedestrian trajectories' interaction with camera placement

I'm looking for empirical research on whether pedestrian walking trajectories are affected by areas under video surveillance. Maybe this would depend on the interval after a camera is prominently ...
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How to protect myself online from the government? [closed]

I need something trusted and secure. I need to make “onion layers security” with the most secure and hard to hack/crack software. How to protect yourself from the government on the internet? I’m ...
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Could encoding messages into huge random-data balloons help frustrate/corrupt nosy intelligence/government activity?

The Dutch government recently passed a new law: Sleepnet (EN: Dragnet) and got it through both parliament and senate mostly unchanged. The Sleepnet-law allows government-entities like intelligence-...
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Verifying claims about crowd surveillance

During a chat discussion on travel.stackexchange.com a few days ago, when airport biometric an was discussed, the conversation deviated and we started talking about general surveillance tech. A user, ...
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How to securely setup a DVR for remote viewing

I can't find any guides or helpful forums on how to securely setup a DVR system for remote video surveillance. And by setup I mean - what kind of DVR and how to setup/connect the system to the ...
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How to find all the microphones in a room?

"Smart" devices are all around us nowadays and many of them have built-in mics which can be be misused to spy on you in cases when the device is hacked (which is rather probable to happen as there are ...
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What can prompt a voice announcing “Your phone call is now being recorded” during a phone call? [closed]

A user has reported that during a phone call to the user's SO (significant other), they both heard one or two beeps followed by a voice (English) announcing something similar to "This phone call is ...
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How to protect against my Government? [closed]

I have used the search but I wasn´t able to find anything called "government surveillance" or similar. My Government is currently planning an new law against terrorism and child porn ;) Great isn´t ...
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Surveillance threat modeling applied to social categories

I am researching users threat models for a documentary film dedicated to surveillance. The idea is to identify the threat model (asset to protect, attacker, attacker's capabilities, threat, risk of an ...
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Can the person using tor network be traced by the government even if he is very careful in using tor? [duplicate]

By "very careful" , I mean the user follows these guidelines while surfing the dark web using the tor network. Also , this question describes the way of getting caught if the person is not careful and ...
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Who uses linkability-based survellance - other than mil intelligence? [closed]

Because of what I see as degrading internet conditions, security/privacy wise, I'm doing my own evaluation of how I need to react towards this in order to keep such crap out of my life, overall. I'm ...
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Security Issues Due To Unknown Surveillance Method [closed]

My privacy has been compromised and I suspect some kind of surveillance setup. The stalker can see all outgoing traffic from my digital devices, even when using router in seperate location from my ...
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Privacy implications of Intel CPU's secret 3G communication (Anti Theft 3.0)

From what I understand pretty much all Intel CPUs produced since Sandy-Bridge have "secret" 3G capabilities in their IME (Intel Management Engine). This IME has full access to the memory bus and ...
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Can I control surveillance system remotely without an app/browser? [closed]

I'm looking to purchase a POE surveillance system that allows me to store the DVR away from the TV, yet still be able to control the system with an external infrared sensor or the App and still watch ...
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How did my professor sniff my Gmail password? [closed]

Here I am describing the scenario which I used to login to my Gmail account. A fresh installed Windows Laptop was given to me with chrome installed. Connected to WiFi network of my college. Signed in ...
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How practical is a laser microphone and how to protect against it?

A laser microphone is a "surveillance device that uses a laser beam to detect sound vibrations in a distant object". - Wikipedia. It's also known as a Laser Based Listening System (LBLS). Firstly, ...
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Applicability/Purpose of Malicious .dll Injected Into Browsers

I am currently disassembling an instance of malware, of which, following a quick first pass, looks to be some augmented variant of ZueS. As I was quantitatively characterizing the targeting mechanics ...
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If someone transfers money from a bank account to a prepaid master card, can he trace the master card back

Lets say someone traces money from his bank account to a prepaid master card. Then he doesnt get what he wanted, can he somehow cause problems, trace the card back anyhow or do anything?
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Can the school see what you are doing on their laptop when connected to your home WiFi?

I have a school laptop, every student gets one and also gets to take it home for their work. Can they see the websites you get on when you are using your WiFi at home?
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How do government organizations eavesdrop on its citizens? [closed]

I know many governments perform this act for various reasons from state security to political gains. I heard more of them are performing SSL strip attacks and are listening to https communications as ...
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Embedded Surveillance Devices [closed]

There is a very suspicious man living in my building. I noticed a new imbedded device at the shared entrance which he claims is a monoxide detector. As an aside, there is no need for a monoxide ...
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What could be the reason for weird amount of signups from mail.ru domain?

I run a cyber security firm called Bluflame Security. On our subdomain lab.bluflamesecurity.com we have an email sign up box for people to sign up for our newsletter. All it is, is a simple php script ...
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Maximally using available bandwidth to masking data transfer and mitigate VPN correlation attacks

As of a week ago, I now find myself living in one of the more oppressively surveilled states in the world. I do not like this on ideological grounds. Therefore, I will acquire a vpn subscription for ...
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Using Tor if you're being watched

I'm not as paranoid as it sounds - just a curious idea. If you're being watched by a specific organisation, national security or foreign power etc, my assumption would be that they would watch your ...
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Government Surveillance VPN or TOR [closed]

As some of you may be aware the UK government has pretty much passed a new surveillance bill. For those that wish to read in more detail can do so here http://www.computerworlduk.com/security/draft-...
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Can my employer see what I do on the internet when I am connected to the company network?

This is an attempt at a canonical question following this discussion on Meta. The aim is to produce basic answers that can be understood by the general audience. Let's say I browse the web and use ...
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I have a conceptual idea for a network that could obfuscate the geolocation of a mobile station. I would appreciate short, critical feedback

I am a student in network engineering, and I have a technical essay due on November 18th. I can choose the topic of the essay myself. I have a conceptual idea of a network that could help obfuscate ...
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How to detect surveillance in home network?

Last week, my cable modem went dead, and the ISP guys came over to my house and replaced the modem, but they came while I was away. I was told that they spent a very long time configuring my cisco ...
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Does the iOS 10 keyboard click sound divulge too much?

The updated keyboard in iOS 10 has at least three distinct "click" sounds that I'm aware of: a high click upon entry of any normal character; a mid-range click when entering a space, toggling shift, ...
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Are Apple Magic Keyboards Secure Against Man-in-the-Middle Attacks?

Is Apple magic keyboard secure against man-in-the-middle attacks when it pairs to mac automatically? Recently I heard lots of wireless keyboards are vulnerable to eavesdropping. I don’t want my key ...
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Does finding deleted thumbnails of webpages I visited mean that I am under surveillance?

I accidentally formatted my external HDD. Used several recovery programs and when it was recovered, I found many files that I have never stored them on that HDD, such as thumbnails of the images and ...
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What is estiamted risk of corrupt public officials accessing survivelance and cloud data in UK?

If company Trade Inc setups cloud email and cloud server and also uses mobiles and business broadband, if the owner of the competing company let's say RougeTrade Inc. has friends in UK police, he may ...
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Can I be identified across different access points to same ISP?

The ISP I use at home also provides access points in cafés etc. Can they, for example with my MAC address, match my identity when I'm using one of these access points to when I'm at home? And what ...
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ip address hack [closed]

I believe someone knows my IP through accessing public WiFi and accounts such as BT sport. Now I know I'm being monitored but not sure how. I believe this person is a hacker and that they know the ...
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TV and audio hacking [closed]

I have been stalked now for over a year. I think they are doing it over the DirectTV because they can hear me and I can hear them. Is it possible they are recording me like a movie live through ...
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Can governments intercept end-to-end encrypted Whatsapp communication through lawful interception?

Since Whatapp started end-to-end encryption with an option for users to verify keys, many government security agencies, like the Indian one, red-flagged such use of encryption. Now, Yesterday the ...