Posts by Category: sleaze tech

Nasty, slimy, gooey stuff!

Bookmark This! March 23, 2010 posted by

Website Malware arriving via advertising – Yahoo!, Fox and Google affected

Anti-virus company Avast is reporting that drive-by malware is now popping up via Website advertising from mainstream companies like Yahoo!, Fox and Google, which is a very worrying sign of the times. This form of malware typically automatically infects a visitor to a website if they don’t have proper anti-virus protection installed, and the fact that it can be injected from the site via advertising is a dangerous new precedent. The only thing we can stress is for readers to…


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Gadgets March 18, 2010 posted by

Naughty LG Electronics Caught Doctoring Eco Stats – not so lucky right now…

Pity poor old LG Electronics, caught out in a little eco-scam in Australia. Apparently the naughty company has been tampering with energy efficiency testing of their fridges by installing a sneaky device that trips into a special low-power mode when the ambient temperature is between 22 and 32 degrees and the door hasn’t been opened for some time, which is similar to the sort of conditions you might find in an energy rating test lab. The two products, models L197NFS and P197WFS, actually…


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Naughty LG Electronics Caught Doctoring Eco Stats – not so lucky right now…
Gadgets March 12, 2010 posted by

Inspector Gadget Listening Device – A wall stethoscope

They’re a suspicious bunch over a Chinavasion. People must spend all day checking their desks for bugs and GPS units stuck under their cars. Now you can listen through walls too with the Inspector Gadget Listening Device. It’s helpfully shaped like a tin can, complete with in-ear phones and will amplify sounds through doors and walls. Adjustable volume control and recharges via USB. US$55.95 This spy audio gadget works by amplifying the vibrations of audio. When people are talking in…


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Inspector Gadget Listening Device – A wall stethoscope
sleaze tech March 5, 2010 posted by

Chinese Trading Scam Sites – how to spot and avoid a growing Internet rip-off

Just a note to warn all you good folk against buying gear from some of these new Chinese scam sites like Elemobi.com. They look really professional, have a great selection of consumer technology, and – here’s the real clue – all at unbelievable prices. An iPhone 3GS at $198.99? Yeah right! If you’re tempted, be aware that the goods you’ve paid for will mysteriously get stuck in customs somewhere and you will be asked to pay an extra sum of…


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Bookmark This! February 12, 2010 posted by

Who Owns Your PC – new Windows 7 update will spy on your computer for ever

An upcoming Windows 7 update (KB971033), due to be distributed to users in a few days time, will install an anti-piracy component that will contact a Microsoft server without your knowledge or permission every 90 days to check whether you are running a version of Windows tagged as pirated. For ever (or until you die and/or scrap your computer). This nasty new tactic in the war against piracy is not good for a number of reasons. For one thing, the update has the power to…


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Gadgets February 11, 2010 posted by

Spy Peephole Reverser – Turns the table on peepholes

It’s because of things like this Spy Peephole Reverser, that you should always keep your analogue peephole covered. Or go digital. With one of these peephole reversers you can see into a house equipped with an in-door peephole, or use it as a telescope. This has been a community service announcement. US$22.99 Able to observe the situation inside from outside by putting the product on the peep hole / Able to work together with common camcorder / Adjustable diopter to…


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Spy Peephole Reverser – Turns the table on peepholes
sleaze tech January 21, 2010 posted by

Mufin Musicfinder Base – commercial software sleazily pretends to be freeware and fails

If there’s one thing that really hacks me off it’s companies who play the freeware game as a marketing tool, to fool you into thinking you’re getting something you’re not. Sleaze-ware I call it. Mufin MusicFinder Base is a classic example. Visit the Magix site – a German company – and you’ll find the program listed under a Free Software section, alongside a separate category called Trial Versions. Oh you think, a nice freeware MP3 player, and so you download…


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Gadgets December 17, 2009 posted by

Smoke Detector Alarm with Hidden Camera – sneak peak your safety kit

This Smoke Detector Alarm with Hidden Camera offers a fully working combo which the paranoid will find hard to resist. Not only can you keep watch for those nasty pyromaniacs, but also spy on your fellow workers at the same time. Win! Features a color camera with microphone, a shrill alarm smoke detector and some connector cables for hooking up to your TV or DVR. Oh and the Sony camera comes with night-vision capabilities. £38.42.   Anyone concerned about security…


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Gadgets October 2, 2009 posted by

Mini MP3 DV Cam – I spy with my little i-….

This Mini MP3 DV Cam looks vaguely familiar but we just can’t put our finger on it. Hmm…nope, it’ll come to us in a minute. Anyhoo, we’re looking at a 1.3 megapixel, AVI format, 20 fps digital video camera with 2 hours running time and support for microSD cards up to 8 GB. Priced to peturb the paranoid.   Picture pixel: 1.3 megapixels # View angle: 65 degrees # Video compression: AVI format # Video resolution: 640 x 480 pixels #…


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Gadgets August 31, 2009 posted by

2.4GHz Wireless Shoe Covert Camera – sleaze tech personified

This 2.4GHz Wireless Shoe Covert Camera is really pushing the boundaries. It comes in two parts, the covert camera with a 2.4GHz transmitter which resides in a shoe or similar and the fully working tri-band, 3″ GSM cell phone which receives the camera signal and records it. The phone has 1Gb of built-in storage and the camera can broadcast out to about 50 metres. Thankfully it’s US$329 so no one will buy it. This omejo shoes camera’s biggest function is…


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Gadgets July 24, 2009 posted by

Sony Dream Machine Spy Camera – the undisputed star of the ugly bug ball

Ladies and gentlemen, we present the unimpeachably ugly Sony Dream Machine Spy Camera, a product so hideous its manufacturer had to get an injunction to stop it being sold through normal stores. Instead they forced the product into air travel catalogues, at which point they washed their hands of the whole affair. Or so we believe. It was originally designed to record video footage through a hidden camera lens, but we understand it now serves as an implement of torture…


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Gadgets July 23, 2009 posted by

Disposable Lighter Camcorder – for those cheap but dangerous liaisons

This Disposable Lighter Camcorder is one of those products which you just hope doesn’t get thrown away with the table scraps. Cheap, nasty, tacky disposable lighter things don’t usually go well with high tech. Anyway, if you wanna flirt with danger, that’s your choice. Comes with 4GB of memory, VGA colour resolution and some red wine and spaghetti stains on the label. $49.00.   Pinhole Lens # Image Resolution: 1280 x 1024 pixel # Color Video Resolution: 640 x 480…


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Gadgets July 16, 2009 posted by

Invisible Micro Earpiece – the smallest listening bug ever made

This Invisible Micro Earpiece listening kit is scarily clever. The earpiece is actually small enough to fit completely inside your ear canal, which makes it the smallest of its type in the world. The developers have achieved this by removing any speaker or battery requirement, instead the thing vibrates the audio directly to your auditory system, using what they call ‘passive’ vibration. The user has to wear an induction loop around their neck (presumably hidden under a shirt or jacket)…


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Gadgets July 3, 2009 posted by

Spy Shaver Camera – this has no legitimate purpose

All right, that’s it, seriously. I don’t care who you are. There is no one who can claim that a Spy Shaver Camera is required. With 4Gb of storage, a colour 640×480 camera and 8 hour battery life, it’s bad people, all bad. Just don’t buy it ok? I won’t tell you it’s US$238. This is a ultra-small digital spy camera that hidden in a shaver, it looks like an ordinary shaver, but it has a very powerful function, the…


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Spy Shaver Camera – this has no legitimate purpose
general June 4, 2009 posted by

Rogueware via Twitter – more reasons to be careful where you click

The boffins over at Panda Labs are tracking a nasty new trend emerging through Twitter, rogueware being delivered through breaking news. Using zombie Twitter accounts, the cyber-crims are spamming currently emerging Twitter topics with links to malware downloading sites. The tweets just blend in with the growing wave of genuine tweets and people exploring can be redirected goodness-knows-where. Be careful people, it’s a jungle out there. The emergence of this type of threat distribution method demonstrates how cyber criminals are…


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Rogueware via Twitter – more reasons to be careful where you click