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Corporate Espionage >> Mobile Device Analysis

Technical Surveillance Counter-Measures (TSCM)

International Companies doing business in Africa generally have their African offices situated in South Africa, not only due to the stability in the country, but also because it has the most advanced infrastructure on the African continent. Corporate and Industrial Espionage is however, a global threat which can’t be ignored. In an era where globalization through technology has brought the significance of the protection of virtual knowledge to the forefront, Companies are mandated and morally obliged to take pro-active steps to ensure the safe retention of their Company Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property (IP). The specialization with which this technical field has progressed from plug-and-play bugging devices, to advanced covert listening devices, including the eavesdropping of communication devices, requires the services of innovative, up to date experts to counter this threat.

Mobile devices, which include smart phones and tablet computers, provide increased functionality and ease of use to people anywhere and anytime. Smart phones are the new computers. These devices contain a tremendous amount of personal and even business related information.

With the rapidly increasing advances in technology,  everyday life is starting to depend on these wireless technologies, but it brings greater risk and some unique security threats. Mobile device malware (malicious code) has increased exponentially over the past few years. The sophistication of these exploits has also increased exponentially, making detection and eradication very difficult.

Anyone can install eavesdropping software on a smart phone, as long as they have access to the phone even for a few minutes. This can result in them gaining access to all private data such as SMS’s, emails, pictures, location information, call logs and even listen in on actual calls. Cellebrite is a world leader in the development of advance mobile forensic hardware and software products. The Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) Touch Ultimate from Cellebrite is an example of hardware used by mobile device investigators to gather information from mobile devices that may contain infected and malicious data.

Some malicious code will even allow the attacker to switch on the microphone of the device unnoticed and listen in on Conversations or use the camera to secretly take pictures.

Crest Advisory Africa and its strategic partners and industry leaders, are consistently investing in global leading technology to develop a new generation of counter measure methods. In doing so, Crest is always ready and able to assist in the proactive combating of any and all forms of corporate espionage.