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2019-04-08 20:56:56.182684+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

‘She lies to everyone’: Feds say Mar-a-Lago intruder had hidden-camera detector in hotel

Secret Service agent Samuel Ivanovich, who interviewed Zhang on the day of her arrest, testified at the hearing. He stated that when another agent put Zhang’s thumb-drive into his computer, it immediately began to install files, a “very out-of-the-ordinary” event that he had never seen happen before during this kind of analysis. The agent had to immediately stop the analysis to halt any further corruption of his computer, Ivanovich said. The analysis is ongoing but still inconclusive, he testified.

Via https://twitter.com/WeldPond/status/1115332247786274816

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#Comment Re: apprehend spy, insert thumb drive made: 2019-04-09 14:56:58.268093+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Well, TBH a hidden camera detector is a surprisingly low-tech piece of equipment that can be had cheaply, and might be a good idea if you spend a lot of time in hotels or airbnbs. It's all the other stuff she had that's troubling.

#Comment Re: apprehend spy, insert thumb drive made: 2019-04-10 00:08:23.8977+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, I assume the hidden camera detector is basically a camera with the IR cut filter removed, and that's .... well... I kinda wish my cell phone had that as an option.


A Secret Service official speaking on background told Ars that the agency has strict policies over what devices can be connected to computers inside its network and that all of those policies were followed in the analysis of the malware carried by Zhang.

"No outside devices, hard drives, thumbdrives, et cetera would ever be plugged into, or could ever be plugged into, a secret service network," the official said. Instead, devices being analyzed are connected exclusively to forensic computers that are segregated from the agency network. Referring to the thumb drive confiscated from Zhang, the official said: "The agent didn’t pick it up and stick it into a Secret Service network computer to see what was on it." The agent didn't know why Ivanovich testified that the analysis was quickly halted when the connected computer became corrupted.

#Comment Re: apprehend spy, insert thumb drive made: 2019-04-10 01:42:43.731154+00 by: TheSHAD0W [edit history]

Heh. No. It's not even that complicated. It's just some bright lights surrounding a dark tube you look through. Camera lenses are rather reflective, so in a dark room they show up distinctly.

Edit: And now I see they're selling all sorts of gimmicks to detect the RF from them, which only works if the cams are wireless.

#Comment Re: apprehend spy, insert thumb drive made: 2019-04-10 04:33:13.875124+00 by: Dan Lyke

Huh. Wouldn't have thought a modern camera has a large enough lens to have a visible reflection pattern. Interesting.

#Comment Re: apprehend spy, insert thumb drive made: 2019-05-09 14:15:47.008189+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Just came across this, thought I'd post it here. https://i.imgur.com/71zyVoP.gifv

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