This is the first installment on electronic surveillance, commonly known as bugging. This is a fundamental practice in the spy world, corporate espionage and personal information gathering. Electronic harassment is on the rise. Our office has been getting more calls from people claiming to hear voices in their head or things are not right at the office or information is getting leaked out, and it is impossible to explain how it could be happening.
Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) has become a widely used term that encompasses all aspects of electronic surveillance monitoring. Simply put, if a business has intellectual property or trade secrets they want to keep secret, there is reason to be concerned. There could be millions, if not billions of dollars at stake. Special Solutions Ltd. has assisted many individuals and corporations, providing bug sweeps of homes, offices and board rooms. Special investigations have revealed how a company’s vendors or staff have been corrupted by a competitor into placing an illicit wireless listening device in an effort to attain proprietary information. Special Solutions has invested a half- million dollars in state-of-the-art equipment for detecting these kinds of threats. Needless to say, TSCM is big business!
Even before 911, the FBI was just trying to keep up with the increasing number of corporate espionage incidents, and electronic surveillance has now spilled over to the private sector as well. With inexpensive, wireless listening devices becoming readily available on the internet, electronic surveillance has spilled over into the private sector as well. Eaves dropping devices are being used by private individuals in instances of cheating spouses, neighborhood disputes or electronic junkies who want to get information on other individuals.
There is really no sure remedy for protecting yourself against these types of threats. You can purchase an bug-detection device through the Total Security website: www.spysource.net. You can also contact Special Solutions for a free consultation. We will conduct a thorough inspection of your business or home. However, there are no guarantee of finding a listening device. There are steps you can take to detect a bug, and there are steps you can take to prevent someone from planting one in your home or office. But everyday, criminals are getting more and more clever.
In the coming weeks, we will provide further information to help you prevent or detect illicit bugging and what countermeasures you can take to make your home or office safe. Hopefully, this will help you better understand this real-life spy vs. spy problem.