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Counter Surveillance Bug Sweeping

Business operating in highly competitive markets, especially where intellectual property is concerned, are vulnerable to industrial espionage. One method used by competitors and their agents is the placement of electronic listening devices. It’s not just companies either, high net worth individuals and celebrities can become targets too.

Relatively cheap electronic surveillance bugs are readily available online

A simple Google search for covert listening devices shows what companies are desperate to retain an intellectual lead face in terms of more aggressive espionage techniques. There are hundreds of different ways a covert listening device can be installed without your company’s knowledge. Technology has allowed these devices to become very small, operating independently, sending audio and video for days at a time without any attendance requirements. They can also be disguised as virtually any common day to day item to avoid suspicion.

Many of the more sophisticated devices can be incredibly small, fitting into the parts of a pen, a lapel pin, hidden in the fibres and wires of cabling to a PC or phone. With sizes down to millimetres, they can turn up virtually anywhere, including as part of clothing and other personal possessions.

Employ counter surveillance – electronic bug sweeping

If your company is likely to be susceptible to this kind of aggressive (and illegal) intelligence gathering, it’s essential to have an equally aggressive counter surveillance practice in place. This includes regularly sweeping sensitive areas, such as laboratories, board rooms, sensitive offices, etc. for covert electronic listening devices such as ‘bugs’.

Exercise extreme care though. Just as there plenty of cheap electronic surveillance options to choose from, there are many firms that claim to operate counter surveillance operations such as bug sweeps that can still leave you unprotected. It’s relatively easy to find bugs that transmit constantly or may be light or voice activated to transmit or that require access to a fixed supply. However, there are sophisticated devices that cannot be detected by conventional means. These require highly sophisticated equipment that interact directly with the semiconductors inside electronic equipment such as electronic bugs. So, in essence they detect the presence of concealed electronics, rather than the signals they emit.

Effective electronic counter surveillance devices – bug sweepers, are not cheap

It’s just as easy to acquire a cheap bugging device as it is a cheap electronic bug detector. Unfortunately, many of the more sophisticated electronic bugs, have their own built in defences that these sweeping devices cannot penetrate. For instance, passive devices may not be active during a sweep. Also, there are many electronic surveillance techniques that are not readily detected by conventional bug sweepers. These may involve external scans of the building that activate passive devices built in to the structure of the building, or placed in relatively inaccessible spaces by bogus maintenance staff.

It’s therefore very important to hire a counter surveillance firm that has the most effective detection equipment. Naturally, this may not be cheap, as the technology is often only available to licensed operators.

Individual are at risk too

In a day and age where celebrities and newsworthy people are constantly hounded by the media, they too can become the target of aggressive and illegal surveillance techniques such as electronic bugging. Looking to scoop an inside story, some members of the world’s media will stop at nothing to gain an edge; the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World is testimony to this. Counter surveillance can be a critical element in preserving one’s personal affairs and activities.

Talk to Blackhawk Intelligence

Blackhawk Intelligence provides a professional bug sweeping service designed exactly for these scenario. Whether for business or perhaps to help guard the affairs of a high net worth individual or celebrity, ensuring sensitive areas are free from electronic surveillance of any kind is essential and an expertise Blackhawk can provide.

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