In 2010, when the naked body of MI6 codebreaker Gareth Williams was found locked into a large duffel bag, it was quickly suspected there would be foul play involved, as in Williams was the target of a hit against the British intelligence agency. As it turns out, he probably locked himself in there, possibly because he was being a dumbass.
I’m a huge ARMAholic. These two devs are accused of espionage because they photographed a military installation (gee, I wonder what for…) and sit jailed—indefinitely—because there are so few public prosecutors to try their case. This is what happens when you enforce unrealistic austerity measures on a deeply troubled system. More here:
Wikileaks reveals “TrapWire,” a government spy network that uses ordinary surveillance cameras, gets DDoSd
For years, science fiction has used the premise that someone (Batman, the US government etc), could potentially tap into private security cameras to create a huge covert interior spy-cam network. Only TrapWire isn’t sci-fi. According to Wikileaks, it’s a real, covert US government program that’s in effect now. And as if to confirm its existence, hours after Wikileaks revealed the existence of TrapWire, the site was crippled through massive DDoS attacks from some unknown source.
Is this a mosquito? No. It’s an insect spy drone for urban areas, already in production, funded by the US Government. It can be remotely controlled and is equipped with a camera and a microphone. It can land on you, and it may have the potential to take a DNA sample or leave RFID tracking nanotechnology on your skin. It can fly through an open window, or it can attach to your clothing until you take it in your home. Given their propensity to request macro-sized drones for surveillance, one is left with little doubt that police and military may look into these gadgets next.
The above painting recently sold at auction in New York City as a painting of a “woman in a feathered hat”, but it’s actually a painting of Chevalier D’Eon, 18th century French spy and the original action transvestite.
Russian spy Anna Chapman taken down when she was because she was trying to seduce a member of the US Cabinet
By many accounts, Anna Chapman wasn’t a very good spy, but the FBI had been watching her and her spy friends for quite some time before they unexpectedly decided to take her down and toss her out of the country. Why did they do it when they did? Because apparently, Chapman was getting a little too close to seducing an unnamed member of President Obama’s Cabinet. I’ve got my money on Kathleen Sebelius. Or at least my boner does. That would be haaawt.
In the early 1900s, the British government began the long tradition of spying on its own citizens, starting with the Suffragettes.
Over 90 years ago, Scotland Yard, and in turn, the British government saw those advocating for women’s suffrage as “the greatest threat to the empire”. In an effort to keep tabs on these evildoers, the government procured early telephoto lenses in the first case of photographic surveillance of its own citizens.
A few days ago a friend of mine, trying to make some stupid small talk, asked me if I had been keeping up with the news story about the Russian spies that were caught last week and I was like “Nah”, because who has time for real news when there’s so many awesome cat videos on the internet?