Naked Pics Can Be Retrieved From Factory Re-Set Phones. Really

A Czech-Republic based security firm (Avast), have ruined everybody’s fun by pointing out that, even when your old phone is subject to a full ‘factory re-set’, those ‘special pictures’ your lover sent you can actually be retrieved by a third party.

Now, I imagine that there are two types of people reading this article:

People who are now wondering if their naked selfies are being perved over by complete strangers at this very moment (it is possible, I’m afraid).

…And the people who are expectantly clutching their second-hand phones and waiting for me to get to the bit where I explain how to obtain these pictures (shame on you, but hang in there, we’ll get to it in a bit!).

Well, whichever you are, you should know that the firm used publicly available forensic technology to extract, not only naked selfies, but ALL SORTS of other data from second hand phones they purchased on eBay (however, they were clearly most excited about the selfies – computer nerds don’t get out much, after all).

According to experts, the only way to PERMANENTLY delete these images from your phone is to destroy your phone.

Now, if you’re the smug type of reader, who thinks ‘I never took a naked selfie, so I’m in the clear’…Well, I’m here to tell you that you may be facing an even more embarrassing problem than that of a stranger on the Internet getting a gander at your goodies, because other data extracted from the test phones included texts, emails and Google search data.

I’m also here to tell you that you’re a pretty boring person.

I’ll bet you wish they’d been distracted by your bits now, don’t you?

Of the 20 phones examined by Avast, about 40,000 photos were extracted and about 750 of them depicted women in the nip (or near to it), whilst 250 or so depicted (to quote Avast) “the previous user’s manhood”.

According to Avast, “Deleting files from your Android phone before selling it or giving it away is not enough. You need to overwrite your files, making them irretrievable.”

Even then, older smartphones sometimes only erase the indexing of the data and not the data itself. To make matters worse, the tools required to retrieve this data can be easily downloaded from the Internet (and no, I’m not telling you where!)

So, the moral of the story appears to be that, if you want to continue getting those ‘special messages’ from that ‘special someone’ then for Pete’s sake…Don’t show them this article.

SOURCES

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28264446

Germany Lifts World Cup (For A 4th Time)

On Sunday 13th July, the German national football team defeated Argentina 1-0 in a close, intensely competitive game in order to be crowned the 2014 World Cup winners.

The match was very tightly contested, with Argentina’s defence regularly closing down Germany’s incisive passing game that had worked so well for them over the course of the tournament.

Both teams played so exceptionally well that the winning goal was only scored during the 30 minutes’ of extra time that was added on in order to yield a winner.

Substitute Mario Götze scored the winning goal at the 113th minute. The goal, which took full advantage of a great setup from Andre Schürrle, was an exceptional display of precision, marksmanship and team playing.

Götze is the first substitute in the history of football to score a World Cup winning goal, as well as the youngest player to score in a World Cup Final since fellow German Wolfgang Weber, who scored against England in 1966 (both were 22). 

Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain had a goal ruled offside (and thus disallowed) in the first half and Argentina created more than a few chances to score in the game. However, German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was exceptionally proactive and was playing incredibly well throughout.

In fact, Neuer was given the 2014 World Cup’s Golden Glove award for being the best keeper of the tournament at the end of the match.

Argentine Captain Lionel Messi looked thoroughly dejected after the final whistle blew and, in this writer’s opinion, failed to set a good example for his exhausted and deflated teammates, who seemed to be in dire need of one. He grudgingly shook hands with officials and appeared to hold his ‘Golden Ball’ trophy with utter disdain. He also visibly removed his Runner Up medal almost immediately after receiving it.

Worst of all, Messi made no attempt to appeal to his countrymen (and women) in the stands, the vast majority of whom were proudly cheering their side in spite of the loss.

In truth, Argentina had nothing at all to be ashamed of. They had played extremely well and they had performed with heart and passion. Messi’s crybaby antics, if understandable to some extent, were an insult to both his team and the valiant effort they had put in on the night.

Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli stamped his authority on the game early on and made it very clear that he was firmly in control. He officiated extremely well throughout, ensuring that a fair game was played out.

This victory marks Germany’s 4th World Cup win overall, making them the second most decorated country in World Cup history, a position that they share with the Italian national team. Brazil has the most wins overall, with 5.

The German victory also marks the first time that a European side has triumphed in South America. As well as the third time that Germany has met Argentina in a World Cup Final, which is a tournament record.

Overall, it was a well-deserved win for Germany, who consistently fielded the best side of the tournament.

However, kudos ought to go to Argentina as well, for many felt that, after Germany hammered Brazil 7-1 in the Quarter Finals, a German victory would be a foregone conclusion. Instead, fans and spectators were treated to a tense game of close calls, heated moments and plenty of near misses.  This made for a very high quality match.

One would imagine that the parties across Germany went on long into the night! 

What Is Audio Surveillance?

For a long time people have been telling me that family, love and happiness are the most important things in life…These days I realized that I can take or leave all that as long as We have this earpiece in the world.

Audio surveillance is the act of listening to third-party conversations and recording them. This technique is frequently used by law enforcement, private detectives and government spy agencies. Most audio surveillance consists of either bugging a room, wearing a wire, tapping a phone or distance listening. Each provides distinct advantages and disadvantages, depending on the situation.

Wiretapping is one of the most common and simple form of audio surveillance. This is preferred because it is highly inconspicuous and allows for two sides of a conversation to be clearly recorded. Small audio devices, commonly called bugs, are attached to the internal circuitry of a telephone to pick up a conversation. A signal is wirelessly transmitted to another device that records the conversation. The drawback of this method is getting access to a subject’s telephone to properly wiretap it.

audio surveillanceA room microphone is another audio surveillance technique that often is utilized. This involves planting a wireless microphone in a room to pick up conversations. Disguised room microphones are available to look like pens, clocks, stuffed animals and a variety of other covert forms. This microphone sends a signal to a receiver, just like a wiretap does, and the signal can be directly recorded. The disadvantage here is access to some rooms and getting only one side of a phone conversation if it takes place in that room.

Concealable transmitters known as body wires are well-known devices that have been featured in many television shows and movies. A small microphone and transmitting device are worn under the clothes of a person in order to send a signal back to a receiver and record a conversation. This allows the person wearing the wire to ask questions and get specific details that simply listening to other people’s conversations could not provide. The disadvantage of this method is getting access to the person needed to be recorded and also concealing the microphone in a way that hides it but allows for clear recording.

Long-distance microphones are another covert means of audio surveillance. A parabolic microphone, often called a shotgun microphone because of its long shape, has a powerful ability to pick up conversations up to 300 feet (91.4 m) away. Its main disadvantage is its high sensitivity. It can pick up other noises and cannot function if obstructions, such as trees and automobiles, are between the microphone and the conversation.