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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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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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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 ...
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USB TEMPEST attacks: viable range?

Is there any published research into the viability of reading Universal Serial Bus signals at a distance from the connection, using electromagnetic radiation emitted from the bus? If not, what is the ...
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Can IP Security camera be tampered by flash of another camera? [duplicate]

We have been using a new IP camera (Cleverdog) to monitor work in our clothing line factory since a week. It has new features like Infrared, Motion detection, Sound and we can also give instructions ...
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Is a reversible microphone kill switch in hardware plausible? [closed]

I'm forking this from this question, to which I gave a partial answer. These folks claim that their hardware includes a physical kill switch for the internal microphone that reversibly interrupts the ...
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What leaked mass surveillance capabilities have not been explained by vulnerabilities we have learned about since 2014?

At the end of 2014, there were reports and talks about the cracking capabilities of the NSA and other Five Eyes agencies, based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The analyzed data revealed that, ...
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Am I exposing too much via port range forward on home security system

Just installed a lorex home security system. This is an nvr system much like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Lorex-LNR400-Channel-Security-Cameras/dp/B00QLA2V28/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1455913618&...
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Securely enable FBI backdoor for phones [duplicate]

Most of the issues raised by Apple and others about giving the FBI access to the terrorists iPhone, seem to stem from a concern about reducing the overall security for regular users. Does this ...
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Why did Poitras and Greenwald put their batteries in the fridge?

cnet.com says: Even in Snowden's room, the group took precautions not to be overheard. Greenwald and Poitras would remove the batteries from their mobile phones and put them in refrigerator of ...
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Purely as a technical matter, is it possible to make otherwise-strong encryption implemetations that contain governmental backdoors?

So to be clear right-off-the-bat: I think re-designing modern encryption to include governmental "backdoors" is, on balance, a quite bad idea, for any number of good reasons. Nor (FWIW) do I actually ...
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Why would the government collect Wi-Fi SSIDs via manual door-to-door questioning of citizens?

I live in a country with little freedom on the Internet (not as strict as in China, but some sites, particularly anti-government sites are inaccessible without a VPN). Recently the government just ...
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What's the best practice for MitM'ing https traffic to distinguish self-signed certs?

My organisation is concerned about viruses and attacks coming into our network. Since http traffic has been declared persona non grata by some browser makers and other parties, it becomes ...
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Can bad guys record phone conversations without the carrier's knowledge?

I know that, in most of the world, phone conversations are transmitted as digital data (whether frames in circuit switched protocols or packets). I know that several companies offer products which ...
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What effect would removal of RSA tokens from mobile phone have on surveillance? [closed]

Reading the comments at Bruce Schneier's blog, I came across this recommendation by someone where they write: @Michael_H - Here you go, buy yourself a cheap Huawei G6620 on eBay, any network, ...
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Can the government monitor my online activity when I use VPN?

Many social networking and popular websites are blocked where I live. There are certain workarounds to access these services however, including VPN services provided by certain local providers with ...
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Government/ISP tracking of internet activity trivial to evade?

The recently announced Investigatory Powers Bill in the United Kingdom will mean that ISPs must store the internet activity of everyone for one year. Anyone who wishes to evade such tracking can use ...
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What browsing history exactly would police have under proposed UK law change? Plain english

It's very unclear what '12 months' browsing history being kept by network provider' actually means to an uninformed person. Thunderbird? VPN? Startpage searches? Bit-torrent downloads? Epic browser (...
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How risky is to use non-free wireless network driver?

Intel wireless network adapter in my computer requires a non-free driver to work. I don't want to install non-free software to my debian system. However it is a notebook and without wireless network ...
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Any real-world examples of root certificate store compromises?

Apart from the infamous Superfish/Lenovo case this year, are there any other known cases of a malicious root certificate being installed on a target machine to allow transparent MITM attacks, whether ...
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