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Wireless Camera Could Invade Your Privacy (Warning to all you Right Wing Extreemist's)
News on 6 ^ | April 16, 2009 | Lori Fullbright

Posted on 04/16/2009 7:01:08 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie

TULSA, OK -- It is possible to sneak a peek inside what many believe to be private. A Bixby man recently bought a backup camera for his pickup, so he could see better when backing his trailers. But, he got much more than he bargained for with his $99 camera. Driving around, he was shocked to find he could see inside businesses and even people's homes.

There are steps you can take to protect your privacy.

Marcus Gibson says he got tired of backing over things in his big Dodge pickup, so he bought a little wireless back up camera system. The camera attaches near the license plate and has a 2.4 gigahertz wireless transmitter that attaches to the backup light and sends video to the monitor on the dashboard, which plugs into the cigarette lighter.

But, as Gibson began driving around town, he noticed he was picking up other people's wireless cameras on his monitor.

"Very weird, lots of things I can see, I don't want to see," said Marcus Gibson.

Pulling up to a business, Gibson could watch himself on his camera. He's seen inside banks, convenience stores, cash registers and even where valuables are hidden.

"The weirdest thing I saw was a video store near Arkansas. When the image came up, there was a wall full of guns," said Marcus Gibson.

But, that's not the scariest. He can also see right inside people's homes.

"Yes, and I'm sure they don't know I can see them," said Marcus Gibson.

Driving past one house, a man could be seen inside sitting on his couch, smoking a cigarette. The man could even be seen moving around the room. The man was unaware he was being watched.

But, what really unnerved Marcus and made him decide to contact The News On 6 was when he saw a baby sleeping in a crib.

The woman didn't want her baby shown on TV, but she agreed to put a doll in her child's crib to help illustrate what could be seen clear as day.

"When I drove by Saturday night and saw the image of the baby and you think about that mother who thinks she's protecting her child, but it's no different than having a video screen outside, showing everybody driving by, what's going on inside the baby bed," said Marcus Gibson.

Gibson says it's ironic the people who think they have cameras for security, actually end up being the least secure of all.

If you have a wireless camera system at your home or business, your signal can be picked up by other wireless transmitters. To prevent that, you can switch to a hard-wired system or buy a wireless signal jammer. Those are sold online for around $200.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: survellance; technology
Interesting...
1 posted on 04/16/2009 7:01:08 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Ever drive around town with your garage door opener? Many folks never change the default code.


2 posted on 04/16/2009 7:06:16 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

I’m assuming that since the clinton years, conservative’s ip info
has been monitored through echelon type programs. this is
obviously being ratcheted up by Obummer. we may all be re-education camp
designees.


3 posted on 04/16/2009 7:07:04 AM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Two words for a secure setup:

HARD WIRE.


4 posted on 04/16/2009 7:07:19 AM PDT by bill1952 (Power is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

lol


5 posted on 04/16/2009 7:08:35 AM PDT by dennisw (Your action becomes your habit. Your habit becomes your character, that becomes your destiny)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

This is silly and alarmist. This camera saw what anyone else outside could already see. The camera isn’t invading or violating anyone’s privacy more than any person who would be looking at the same things with his/her own eyes.


6 posted on 04/16/2009 7:08:43 AM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

If you have a wireless camera system at your home or business, your signal can be picked up by other wireless transmitters. To prevent that, you can switch to a hard-wired system or buy a wireless signal jammer. Those are sold online for around $200.

Uhmmm, Okay.  Why not protect that transmission like you do for your computers?

I guess the wireless cameras are stand alone systems.


7 posted on 04/16/2009 7:09:35 AM PDT by Vendome
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
"The weirdest thing I saw was a video store near Arkansas. When the image came up, there was a wall full of guns," said Marcus Gibson.

Wha??? Like other states video stores don't carry guns? ;-)

8 posted on 04/16/2009 7:11:31 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Bitter FReeping, gun toting, bible clinging, family loving, Obama despising, Right Wing Extremist.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

BTW - thanks for posting this. I’ll be sure to buy a hardwired system when I get one. I don’t want anyone seeing my video/gun collection.


9 posted on 04/16/2009 7:13:07 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Bitter FReeping, gun toting, bible clinging, family loving, Obama despising, Right Wing Extremist.)
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To: pnh102

Ok... I clearly need more coffee. I mistakenly thought this was one of those “it is the camera’s fault” articles.


10 posted on 04/16/2009 7:13:10 AM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: pnh102

I think you might have misunderstood what was going on. The video display inside the man’s pickup was picking up OTHER camera outputs. Those camera’s were overriding the wireless connection to his own license-plate mounted camera as he drove through town going about his business.


11 posted on 04/16/2009 7:13:27 AM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: pnh102

Keep up that thinking.


12 posted on 04/16/2009 7:13:32 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: Tallguy; ImJustAnotherOkie

Yea... I noticed that too. My bad.


13 posted on 04/16/2009 7:14:43 AM PDT by pnh102 (Save America - Ban Ethanol Now!)
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To: Islander7
>Ever drive around town with your garage door opener?

Did you ever fire
a stinger at the unmarked
black copters outside?

14 posted on 04/16/2009 7:18:49 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Heck, it might be worth buying for passengers on boring trips.


15 posted on 04/16/2009 7:19:23 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0B0Z0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foreign/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Heck you don’t even have to drive around. You can just Google for open web cameras.


16 posted on 04/16/2009 7:21:46 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Bait and Switch - that's change ain't it?)
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To: gussiefinknottle
we may all be re-education camp designees.

Maybe capitalization will be taught there.

17 posted on 04/16/2009 7:21:49 AM PDT by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: humblegunner
Maybe capitalization will be taught there.

*********************

LOL!

18 posted on 04/16/2009 7:22:40 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Grampa Dave

Or drive around the Mall looking for dressing rooms.


19 posted on 04/16/2009 7:24:21 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: theFIRMbss

No, but I got a good bead on one once. Out of range though.


20 posted on 04/16/2009 7:24:43 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
If you have a wireless camera system at your home or business, your signal can be picked up by other wireless transmitters.

"News reporter" Lori Fullbright is technology challenged - she obviously doesn't understand the difference between a transmitter and a receiver. Maybe they don't teach such subtleties as "fact checking" in journalism school anymore...

21 posted on 04/16/2009 7:28:02 AM PDT by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

You might wreck your vehicle!:)


22 posted on 04/16/2009 7:33:56 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0B0Z0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foreign/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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To: humblegunner

no, socialization.


23 posted on 04/16/2009 7:34:06 AM PDT by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: Tallguy

I don’t understand this, since that’s not how wireless radio transmission works. If you get two signals at once, they will more or less destroy each other. This is why having a plethora of 2.4GHz devices in the home is bad for interference. The only way this could happen is if his camera isn’t transmitting.


24 posted on 04/16/2009 7:35:32 AM PDT by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: theFIRMbss
Did you ever fire a stinger at the unmarked black copters outside?

Har!! Good one! That actually hurt.

25 posted on 04/16/2009 7:36:45 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: Islander7

I’m in the security industry though more IT than physical at this point. You would be surprised how easy it is to gain access to a business or home via a garage door opener. In my house, the opener is powered off and only turned on at the time it is needed to be opened and done so via hardware.

Many people do not know that with a fairly simple radio receiver and some basic electronics knowhow, a person can build a receiver that will “read” your garage door opener’s code.


26 posted on 04/16/2009 7:38:40 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: humblegunner

Ha! Thank you.

How hard is it for people to reach the “Shift” key?


27 posted on 04/16/2009 7:41:22 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Where is our Lieutenant Robert Maynard?)
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To: theFIRMbss
Did you ever fire a stinger at the unmarked black copters outside?

Seriously, what do "black helicopters" have to do with the fact that my garage door transmitter might open the garage doors of other careless people?

28 posted on 04/16/2009 7:52:33 AM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: flintsilver7
The only way this could happen is if his camera isn’t transmitting.

Quite possible. Many people wire those cameras to the reverse lights 12v circuit, so they don't transmit continually - just when you're backing up.

29 posted on 04/16/2009 7:55:04 AM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

I was in Claremore over the weekend. If a bald guy in Sponge Bob boxer shorts having a Coors Light shows up on camera - it wasn’t me.

BTW- Is channel 6 KOTV? I usually watch KTUL.


30 posted on 04/16/2009 7:58:07 AM PDT by Jubal Madison (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Islander7
Ever drive around town with your garage door opener? Many folks never change the default code.

For a long time (and maybe still at some stations) television weahtercasters use a wireless garage-opener remote to change maps, Doppler, etc. on their graphics machines.

Don't get any ideas. You have to be fairly close to affect them.

31 posted on 04/16/2009 7:58:18 AM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: Grampa Dave

What, you mean like have a little trouble steering with *the club* sticking through the steering wheel? (Okay, that was bad)


32 posted on 04/16/2009 7:58:49 AM PDT by Two Kids' Dad (((( ))))
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To: flintsilver7
The only way this could happen is if his camera isn’t transmitting.

I would assume that his camera is only transmitting when his vehicle is in reverse (that's the way mine works). When he's driving forward he shouldn't be getting interference from his own camera.

33 posted on 04/16/2009 7:58:54 AM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
If you have a wireless camera system at your home or business, your signal can be picked up by other wireless transmitters. To prevent that, you can...buy a wireless signal jammer.

Anybody else see the slight flaw in this advice?

34 posted on 04/16/2009 8:16:11 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: bill1952
Two words for a secure setup:

"HARD WIRE."

If there is an electric signal, there is a piece of equipment that can pick it up. I remember about fifteen years ago working inside the corporate offices of a major financial institution that Federal laws required computer connections to be shielded. Ordinary wiring could be read from outside the building. Don't know what the state of the art equipment is but I'm sure the spooks have it.

35 posted on 04/16/2009 8:19:49 AM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts
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To: flintsilver7
The only way this could happen is if his camera isn’t transmitting.

What if he tapped into the backup lights to get the power for the camera? The camera would only transmit when the truck was in reverse. The receiver/display, OTOH, is taking it's power from the cigarette lighter. It is free to receive any and all incoming signals.

36 posted on 04/16/2009 8:21:06 AM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Jubal Madison

I hardly watch any of them.

I watch it on Cable 53 because it is easy to switch back and forth with 52(Fox).


37 posted on 04/16/2009 8:33:11 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Years ago some kids on my street came to my door and said, “We found one of your car keys.” I hadn’t lost one and the one they had didn’t look like mine. I asked them how they knew it was mine and they looked guilty and then said, “We tried it and it worked.”


38 posted on 04/16/2009 9:03:27 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ( Obama, you're off the island!)
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To: Two Kids' Dad

“What, you mean like have a little trouble steering with *the club* sticking through the steering wheel? (Okay, that was bad)

BOL! Now you are bragging!:)


39 posted on 04/16/2009 9:07:27 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does 0B0Z0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foreign/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

if you need a camera to back up your trailer, you’re a girlie man.


40 posted on 04/16/2009 9:30:20 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

Well, yes, that high end eqipment and more is available to the top levels, but 2000 Joe Schmos driving by with backup cameras in their cars are not going to pick it up.


41 posted on 04/16/2009 9:44:30 AM PDT by bill1952 (Power is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
"transmitters. To prevent that, you can switch to a hard-wired system or buy a wireless signal jammer. Those are sold online for around $200."

Yeah, if you have wireless cameras, that last idea is going to help you a lot.

++-=<]B^)

42 posted on 04/16/2009 10:12:24 AM PDT by Erasmus (This space for rent.)
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To: Islander7

Ever drive around town with your garage door opener? Many folks never change the default code.

- - - - - - - - - - - -
I worked for an elderly lady who lived in the flight path from the small local airport. Nearly every time a plane flew over, her garage door went up. We tried changing the code but it didn’t help. We finally unplugged the garage door and only plugged it in when we needed to go somewhere.


43 posted on 04/16/2009 10:17:39 AM PDT by reaganaut (ex-mormon, now Christian. "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: Charles Martel
>Seriously, what do "black helicopters" have to do with the fact that my garage door transmitter might open the garage doors of other careless people?

If you have to ask
then the Illuminati
don't want you to know.

44 posted on 04/16/2009 11:44:57 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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