Covering a ShmooCon presentation on a disposible spy computer for under 50 bucks. (Article)
For those of you unfamiliar with spy computers or spying in general there is a long history of creating listening devices of all kinds and how you secret them into the spaces of those you wish to spy upon. A gentleman named Brendan O'Connor details his search and build dilemma of creating a very inexpensive device out of easy to obtain parts.
The purpose of a device such as this would be to deploy it into an area and use it to do any number of things and relay that information back via wireless so it can be captured and analyzed without the knowledge of the person you are using it on.
Why is this important? Hardware and Software is becoming easier and easier to come by and understanding how this type of attack would be carried out is paramount to understanding how to defeat such an attack. Who would be attacked? In theory given the relative low cost and low need for expertise to build it....anyone is a target
The video is a bit long but Brendon is charismatic and quick behind the podium and you may just learn a few things to protect your business or your home. You certainly will no longer look at that padded envelope or box of stale crackers quite the same way again.