Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Spy Bugs -- 007 in real life?

The Washington Post is running a very interesting article on micro-bug-like spy devices. Rick Weiss, staff writer at the Washington Post wrote a piece which started out as a science-fiction read, and turns into a very real "what if?" as the article progresses. Despite the speculation, the denial of the existence of such technology, and paranoia discussed in the article, it's an interesting read.

Of course, for those of us in the security field, this brings a whole new set of problems to light. Industrial espionage, intelligence, and orther forms of "security" that may be more commonplace may already be benefiting from the types of technologies discussed in the article. Now, the article does address challenges with fuel to power micro-spy devices, as well as issues like cross-winds, bid attack, and other unavoidable mishaps, the implications are immense.

Why bother using spyware or other now-detectable forms of malware to infect a computer if you can simply employ a mosquito-sized "bug" camera to follow a victim around and record voice conversations, photos, and maybe even live video? Right now this all sounds like technology 007 would use, but remember that DARPA has had precursor technology to this as early as possibly 30 years ago! Where has technology come in 30 years plus? Of course, no comment from the 3-letter agencies.

So should you be preparing your enterprise against micro-bugs? Chip-infused moths? Mosquito-borne surveillence? Probably not quite yet... of course, unless you work in government!

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