A possible escalation in the attacks on US personnel that cause the mysterious condition known as “Havana syndrome”, including two recent high profile incidents with possible connections to the Director of the CIA and the Vice President, is causing concern amongst officials, fueling the importance of official investigations into the rash
The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, is advising computer users to protect themselves from having potential hackers spy on them using their webcams, by simply putting a piece of tape over the lens.
Comey says that this is standard procedure in government offices, and that it would be prudent for normal citizens to follow the same practice. He began covering the camera on his personal computer after seeing the issue covered in the news. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is also known to cover his webcam up, too.
Dublin-based technology development company Steorn has revealed that their offices had been bugged by an unknown party. Steorn, itself having stirred up controversy with the announcement of their "Orbo" technology, a source of "free, clean and constant energy": while it is being dismissed as violating the laws of the conservation of energy, it has apparently been independently validated by other sources.
The discovery of the surveillance devices — a series of 5 pinhole cameras, embedded in the office’s wall conduits — was made when an employee was installing a power cable for a new piece of equipment. The affected room was used for brainstorming sessions, and contained a whiteboard used to illustrate their ideas.