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Chinese Spying Devices Installed On Hong Kong Cars 171

jjp9999 writes "Spying devices disguised as electronic border cards have been secretly installed on thousands of Hong Kong vehicles by Chinese authorities, according to a Hong Kong newspaper. A translation of the story states Chinese authorities have been installing spying devices on all dual-plate Chinese-Hong Kong vehicles for years, enabling a vast network of eavesdropping across the archipelago."
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Chinese Spying Devices Installed On Hong Kong Cars

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  • by Rosco P. Coltrane ( 209368 ) on Tuesday June 14, 2011 @02:24AM (#36432950)

    Those who RTFA can read this:

    Apple Daily says they took the device to a university professor and a private investigator, both of whom attested to the espionage potential of the units.

    or this:

    An Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at City University of Hong Kong, Zheng Liming, took apart one of the devices and confirmed that it can listen in on conversations

    and see a photo in which a hole in the plastic shell is marked "cavity for receiving sound" (a microphone would have been more convincing), two quartz crystals (the likes of which can be found in almost every modern electronic devices) marked "generate carrier frequency for radio transmission" and a nondescript chip that "turns voice signals into digital information".

    You know what? I think I'll take a photo of my cellphone's innards, photoshop conveniently spy-sounding labels into the photo, bring my cellphone to a university professor who will testify that my device has a microphone, a crystal, an antenna and a processor that definitely has the potential to turn it into spying device then write an article about it.

    Some journalism...

  • Re:It's China... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Mistlefoot ( 636417 ) on Tuesday June 14, 2011 @02:33AM (#36432974)
    Isn't this legal for the government to do in the US as well? Not much they do surprises me either though....
  • by carsonc ( 792247 ) on Tuesday June 14, 2011 @06:32AM (#36433784)
    I'd be weary of the source as it is the Apple Daily. They are known for not being that reliable. I was on the cover a number of years ago, and they photoshopped my hair blond to make me look more white and miss quoted me. I was pissed but then everybody told me that everybody knows that's what they do. C'est la vie. I'll wait till I hear it from a different paper.
  • "No charge, Sir" (Score:2, Interesting)

    by davide marney ( 231845 ) * <davide...marney@@@netmedia...org> on Tuesday June 14, 2011 @06:38AM (#36433800) Journal

    The article notes that the Chinese government has been installing these devices at no charge since 2007. Well, there's your biggest reason to be suspicious. What kind of respectable government would actually buy _you_ something? In the US, drivers have to buy their own RFID transponders just for the privilege of being able to pay tolls electronically. In China, one would expect to not only pay for the transponder, but slip some money under the table at the same time, no?

The wages of sin are high but you get your money's worth.