6 Signs Your Cell Phone May Be Tapped

July 30th, 2010 § 2 comments § permalink

Have you noticed that your cell phone has been acting strangely? Somebody could be listening in on your conversations and invading your privacy. The following article offers six signs that your cell phone may be tapped, as well as tips on deceiving the eavesdropper.

I’m not trying to scare you, but do you know how easy it is to tap one of these phones? That is to say, if someone wanted to, they could listen in on your conversations, read your messages, and yes, even monitor your location through GPS. Privacy is a growing concern with today’s technology, especially with how we communicate.

Tapping someone’s phone without their permission is illegal but it still happens anyway, usually without the owner’s knowledge. It’s not likely to happen to you, but in case you have your suspicions, here are some simple tips you can follow to tell if your cell phone is being tapped.

6 Possible Signs Your Cell Phone May Be Tapped

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Private Ninja Lessons

July 25th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

“One of New York’s oldest” Bujinkan schools is now offering private ninja lessons, taught by an experienced Shidoshi, “teacher of the warrior ways”. Based on the martial art of ninjutsu, the course also teaches the history and traditions of the ninja.

Learn the secrets of ancient martial arts and the mysterious ninja warriors with one of New York’s oldest Bujinkan schools, affiliated with Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Japan since the early 1980’s.

These legendary combat methods teach effective methods of self-protection using elusive timing, control of distance and subtle angling, i.e. like how to avoid the assault of a sword.

Learn from an actual Shidoshi (teacher of the warrior ways) about the history, tradition and philosophy of these night tigers before practicing their self-defense, heightened awareness and combat strategy methods.

Private Ninja Lessons via Uncrate

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69 Tricks and Tools of James Bond: Part 1 [How to Be Bond]

July 15th, 2010 § 23 comments § permalink

Jason Bourne rocks. So does James Bond. And, some might argue, Jack Baur. Hmmm. Seems like a pattern.

Previously, I explored the many tricks, tips and tools of Jason Bourne. Now, let’s explore the tricks, tips and tools of James Bond, part 1. This article will explore the tips, tricks and gadgets of James Bond’s first five films, Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, and You Only Live Twice.

Dr. No

Tools

  1. Bond’s gun is a Walther PPK 7.65mm, sometimes using a Brausch silencer. However, in the beginning, he starts out with a Beretta 418.
  2. Bond’s watch is a Rolex Submariner with a crocodile strap.
  3. The agency sends Bond a self-destructor bag.
  4. Bond uses a Geiger counter to detect radioactivity.
  5. Bond flies to a location on a Pan American flight.
  6. Bond wears a gun shoulder holster.

Tricks

  1. Bond’s agency (MI6) hides radio equipment behind fake book spines.
  2. While this is not explicitly said, we can assume that Bond uses a business card that features just his phone number. This might be done in order not to give too much away about his location or occupation, including not mentioning his name so that he can assume any alias. Update: Bond, in fact, uses a business card featuring Universal Exports and a phone number which is answered by MI6 as Universal Exports. (Thanks Jamie!)
  3. Leaving an office, he palms a gun to” steal”, and hides it under a box he is carrying. (It’s worth noting that this ploy fails because of the keen observations of M, his boss.)
  4. When Bond suspects that someone else is in his room, he quickly removes his shoes to avoid giving himself away by the sound of footsteps.
  5. In order to secure his hotel room, he applies a type of powder to the catches on his suitcase and a damp hair on a door. When the door is opened, the hair falls off, letting him know that someone has been snooping. Likewise, the powder gives away prying fingers.
  6. When traveling to the house of an enemy, he takes his car, but stops it close to the house and hikes the rest of the way by foot, to avoid being heard. Similarly, he turns off a boat and paddles the rest of the way, dropping the sail to avoid any type of detection.
  7. Bond fills a bed full of cushions and pillows to give the appearance that he is in the bed, and thus drawing fire towards the bed.
  8. Hiding from the enemy, Bond gets a reed cut, and uses it as a makeshift snorkel underwater to prevent getting seen by humans and smelled by dogs.
  9. In order to be undetected in a “enemy lair”, he knocks out a uniformed employee, and puts on his uniform.

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Argentinean Convicts Dress Up as Sheep to Evade Capture [Evasion]

July 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

After escaping from a maximum security jail, a couple of Argentinean criminals disguised themselves as sheep and successfully avoided capture, much to the embarrassment of local police.

Pereyra, 25, and Diaz, 28, dressed in full sheepskin fleeces with realistic looking heads as they tried to evade capture, The Sun reported.

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They used their disguises to fool officials for more than a week despite more than 300 members of the local constabulary searching for them.

Argentina criminals ‘evade capture by dressing up as sheep’

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Lone Iguana is Looking for Writers

July 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Lone Iguana is looking for writers. If you’re interested, contact us and we can make a deal.

contact at loneiguana dot org.

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