Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Revealed: Technical Surveillance Threats
Spy Cam 101
Not long ago while on assignment, I was asked "How many times do you actually find technical surveillance threats?"
My answer was "Well, I would tell you but then I would have to...." Just kidding, The real answer is more often than you would think..
Although, not every technical surveillance threat involves finding a device. It can also can mean discovering a technical surveillance vulnerability. Like for instance, the allowance of cellular devices (w/ cameras) or iPads in conference rooms and during high level meetings. Or, the allowance of digital recorders within these areas, just to name a few.
It's not always "James Bond" spy gear that turns up during a sweep.
But every now and then, I still discover a "surprise" that may (or may not) have been left behind...on purpose.
For example, take this pen & pencil holder discovered during the wee hours of the morning while sweeping the "Presidential Suite" of one of our clients facilities.
Plain looking enough, but take a closer look... Through our Thermal Imaging Camera... Notice that hot spot? So did we...It turned out to be a hardwired Spy cam, with audio....Here's another look..
This was only one of the technical surveillance threats found during this assignment. Yes, you heard me right, only one of several threats found...
So, the short answer is YES, technical surveillance threats (although crude) like the above are used for intel collection purposes by your adversaries. i.e.; disgruntled employee, competitor, corp spy, eavesdropper, etc.
So be aware, these types of surveillance threats could be lurking closer than you might think...
If you don't mind me asking, When was your last TSCM Sweep? Not Sure? Contact Me here. I can help.
Stay tuned for the next "reveal"....JDL