Science and Technology : "Voice is more important than votes."

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  1. anAfrican

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    Hackers Rebel Against Spy Cams

    By Ann Harrison | Also by this reporter

    BERLIN -- When the Austrian government passed a law this year allowing police to install closed-circuit surveillance cameras in public spaces without a court order, the Austrian civil liberties group Quintessenz vowed to watch the watchers.

    Members of the organization worked out a way to intercept the camera images with an inexpensive, 1-GHz satellite receiver. The signal could then be descrambled using hardware designed to enhance copy-protected video as it's transferred from DVD to VHS tape.

    The Quintessenz activists then began figuring out how to blind the cameras with balloons, lasers and infrared devices.

    And, just for fun, the group created an anonymous surveillance system that uses face-recognition software to place a black stripe over the eyes of people whose images are recorded.

    Quintessenz members Adrian Dabrowski and Martin Slunksy presented their video-surveillance research at the 22nd annual Chaos Communication Congress here this week. Five hundred hackers jammed into a meeting room for a presentation that fit nicely into CCC's 2005 theme of "private investigations."

    Slunksy pointed out that searching for special strings in Google, such as axis-cgi/, will return links that access internet-connected cameras around the world. Quintessenz developers entered these Google results into a database, analyzed the IP addresses and set up a website that gives users the ability to search by country or topic -- and then rate the cameras.

    "You can use this to see if you are being watched in your daily life," said Dabrowski.

    OpenTopia - Random live webcams from the Net
     
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    Brother anAfrican ... very interesting ... thanks for sharing.

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    They are installing cams like crazy
    In the chi for real police lights on top of them
    Looks like a war zone at night time for real
    Started on the West now its on the South
    Times our a changing they say to
    Detour drugs I dont believe its all about that though

    Thanks 4 The Info
     
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    deep stuff fo real they now everywhere and watching you
     
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