Thursday, February 21, 2008
Smile; You're NOT On Candid Camera!
Surveillance Camera Defense
Years ago, I resented computer technology because I precieved it to be a harbinger of a computer-driven Police State. Then I began to realize that if anybody is capeable of defeating a computer-driven Orwellian Police State, it's the Cyber-punks and young computer Gurus. Now I embrace the technology and have a great respect for citizen counter-measures.
Europeans are way ahead of Americans in the use of surveillance cameras. They are now using cameras that are monitored in real-time and have speakers in them that can shout out to citizens on the street and give them instructions.
With this going on, it didn't take long for someone to figure out a passive way to defeat these surveillance cameras. In a German article/press release at THIS LINK,(German) the device is profiled. It is worn headlamp-style, and because it is infrared it emits no visible light-- it only affects the cameras. Here is a picture of the device, with small battery pack:
And here is a portion of the article that has been translated from German by Google:
IR ASC - infrared light against surveillance cameras
( english ) IR.ASC [ iràs ] infra-redlight against surveillance camera (English) IR.ASC [iràs] infra-redlight against surveillance camera
Infrarotlicht gegen Überwachungskameras Infrared light against surveillance cameras
The URA / FILOART developed device promises to the citizens of a more reliable protection against security measures of the state (and other Überwachenden).. IR.ASC offers the safety and security has therefore to the asymmetry of power between the individual and Überwachenden.
In addition to monitoring purposes organised systems interaction between man and machine is still IR.ASC an additional interaction between machines dar. This absurd accumulation of technology is symptomatic, because although the entire expense of the protection measures for the alleged safety of citizens is made, the person slips on the importance scale of the current security plan ever deeper down.
IR.ASC ist ein Infrarotlicht - Gerät zum Abschirmen vor Infrarotüberwachungskameras. IR.ASC is an infrared light - to the device before Divining infrared surveillance cameras. Es kann ohne besonderes technisches Wissen von jedem nachgebaut werden. There is no special technical knowledge of each reconstructed. The device emits infrared light from the infrared images from surveillance cameras disturbs. The face of the person is monitored by a light ball over. IR.ASC Since the whole interaction in a non-visible spectrum (at frequencies between 780nm and 1mm), the man noticed nothing of it and he sees neither the infrared emission of radiation surveillance camera nor by the IR.ASC
(D.R.) Now I imagine that it won't take long for the authorities to deem these devises illegal, as to the possibility that they could be used in the commission of a crime. During the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, the police outlawed gas masks in an effort to make protestors vulnerable to pepper spray.
When you outlaw gas masks, only outlaws will have gas masks.
What will they outlaw next?