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Military using 'spy rocks' for surveillance

By T.K. Randall
October 28, 2013 · Comment icon 20 comments

The equipment can be concealed within any innocuous looking rock. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Lockheed Martin have showcased a new spying mechanism that is small enough to fit inside a rock.
The new surveillance system known as SPAN (Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network) was revealed at the annual AUSA Army meeting in Washington, DC. The sophisticated self-powered mechanism is able to provide a wireless sensor system so small that it can fit inside a rock.

The new spy rocks are being hailed as a major step forward in covert surveillance and will be provided to help cover border protection and bridge security, among other things. Perhaps the most obvious use for such technology however is in covert spying.
Recent events have suggested that the spy rock has been in development for some time. Earlier this year a former Lockheed Martin subcontractor was caught trying to sell detailed information on an early prototype of the device on eBay for $10 million.

There is also evidence to suggest that spy rocks have already been used for spying purposes. In 2006 one such rock was discovered in Moscow, leading to accusations that Britain's MI6 had been using the device to obtain sensitive information.

Despite these claims being downplayed at the time, last year Tony Blair's former chief of staff, Jonathan Powell, claimed that the device had in fact been genuine.

Source: Wired | Comments (20)




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Comment icon #11 Posted by Taun 11 years ago
Spy Vrs Spy
Comment icon #12 Posted by McNessy 11 years ago
Mmmmm didnt notice that rock there before
Comment icon #13 Posted by Eldorado 11 years ago
More places for government snakes to crawl under.
Comment icon #14 Posted by moonshadow60 11 years ago
Now I can't even feel safe wandering around the woods behind my house, which are bordered on 3 sides by rock walls.
Comment icon #15 Posted by DieChecker 11 years ago
It will be when the rocks start to move that I will be totally weirded out.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Sir Rupert Von-Fritz 3rd 11 years ago
I knew I should have patented the idea when I used rocks years ago.
Comment icon #17 Posted by mumanster 11 years ago
Well over here in my part of the world, 'they' have branch cams.....yup, real live dead branch cams...to spy on the dope growers
Comment icon #18 Posted by Sir Rupert Von-Fritz 3rd 11 years ago
Well over here in my part of the world, 'they' have branch cams.....yup, real live dead branch cams...to spy on the dope growers You just gave it away.. all the dope growers are buying chainsaws now!
Comment icon #19 Posted by bassai26 11 years ago
i'll smash e'm
Comment icon #20 Posted by EnglishStudent526 11 years ago
is it a recording? or is it a video... if so i can't find a lens


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