How to Turn Your Smartphone Into the Ultimate Spy Tool

You don't need to be Bond to get your own spy gadgets. You've already got the ultimate spy tool in your pocket: a smartphone. And who would suspect you're spying when you're probably just texting a friend? Here are the apps and peripherals you need to take your phone on a covert mission without Q in your corner. » 2/12/15 3:06pm 2/12/15 3:06pm

Impostor Cell Phone Towers Could Be Controlling Your Mobile

This map shows the locations of 17 mysterious cell towers in the United States that aren't part of any known cell phone provider network. Nobody knows where they came from, but they are busily intercepting the communications of any mobile in signal range. What happens next probably isn't good. » 9/03/14 7:51pm 9/03/14 7:51pm

Here's what American 8th graders think about high tech spying

News channel C-SPAN just announced the winners in its StudentCam competition, where people in grades 6-8 produced short news segments that answered the question, "What's the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?" Their answer? Government spying. » 3/06/14 10:28am 3/06/14 10:28am

Need more reasons to feel paranoid about the NSA? Watch this.

This is a terrific presentation from tech researcher and journalist Jacob Appelbaum. At December's Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg, he presented the latest documented revelations about how deep the NSA spying rabbit hole really goes. » 1/06/14 4:01pm 1/06/14 4:01pm

There is actually a term for NSA agents spying on love interests

And that term is LOVEINT. Although the NSA insists that the practice is exceedingly rare, officials claim that these breaches make up most of the incidents of "willful misconduct" by NSA employees. » 8/24/13 11:30am 8/24/13 11:30am

The Secret U.S. Government Program to Hook Spy Photos From Space

The early space age is marked by Soviet accomplishments — the first satellites, the first living being launched into orbit, and the first human in space to name just a few. But there was one very important technological first secured by the United States in 1960. America was the first nation to safely recover a… » 8/13/13 8:45am 8/13/13 8:45am

Person of Interest wants to remind you they predicted this NSA sh-t

At Comic Con, TV shows and movies create special room keycards for some of the big hotels, and it's just an extra bit of promotional shwag. But this year, Person of Interest is using its keycard to point out how prescient a lot of its surveillance themes have turned out to be, in a somewhat cheeky fashion. » 7/02/13 2:20pm 7/02/13 2:20pm

Your Car Is Your Own Personal Spy

Click to viewA new mobile phone-based device called Block&Track, the result of several homebrew hacks by a young Kenyan inventor, acts as a quick and dirty car theft prevention gadget. The device sits in your car and sends a message to your cell phone when somebody starts the engine. At that point, you can send a… » 8/11/08 8:00am 8/11/08 8:00am

Bio-Inspired Bots Spy and Kill

They're perfect for sneaking into a building and killing bad guys who want to destroy New York with poison balloons. "Bio-inspired" spybots that look and act like insects are the latest craze among Air Force scientists, reports Noah Shachtman of Danger Room. » 1/03/08 4:30pm 1/03/08 4:30pm

I still think they're best used on mutants and aliens. []