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Am I Being Spied On? Low-Tech Ways of Detecting High-Tech Surveillance – Dr. Phil Polstra @ DEFCON 22

In Archive, DEFCON, FBI, NSA, Surveillance, Technology on September 3, 2014 at 11:30 PM


Is someone spying on you? This talk will present several low-tech ways that you can detect even high-tech surveillance. Topics covered will include: detecting surveillance cameras with your cell phone, signs that you are under physical surveillance, detecting active and passive bugs with low cost devices, and detecting devices implanted inside computers, tablets, and cell phones.

Dr. Phil Polstra currently works as a professor of digital forensics. His research focus over the last few years has been on the use of microcontrollers and small embedded computers for forensics and pentesting. Phil has developed a custom pentesting Linux distro and related hardware to allow an inexpensive army of remote pentesting drones to be built using the BeagleBone Black computer boards. This work is described in detail in Phil’s book “Hacking and Penetration Testing With Low Power Devices” (Syngress, 2014). Prior to entering academia, Phil held several high level positions at well-known US companies. He holds a couple of the usual certs one might expect for someone in his position.


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