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A key part of intelligence gathering and surveillance is the installation of listening devices. The classic Cold War image of Soviet espionage agents secretly planting “bugs” in an office of the United States embassy is an accurate historical picture of the use of these listening devices. Police forces and private investigators also use bugging devices (with legal approval).
The use of listening devices is often a race to acquire information before the devices are discovered and removed. For example, rooms, where top-secret intelligence activity occurs, are frequently examined, or “swept”, for bugs.
Wireless spy bugs (WSBs) are surveillance equipment, such as listening bugs or cameras, hidden in objects or covertly placed in rooms. Surveillance using Wireless Spy Bugs is one of the main methods of recording conversations for both intelligence gathering as well as criminal charges. However, Wireless Spy Bugs have also been abused for nefarious purposes, such as industrial espionage and blackmail.
A wireless bug is a microphone without a physical cable connecting it directly to the sound recording or amplifying equipment with which it is associated. Also known as a radio microphone, it has a small, battery-powered radio transmitter in the microphone body, which transmits the audio signal from the microphone by radio waves to a nearby receiver unit, which recovers the audio. The other audio equipment is connected to the receiver unit by a cable. Wireless bugs are widely used in the entertainment industry, television broadcasting, private investigators and public speaking to allow public speakers, interviewers, performers, and entertainers to move about freely while using a microphone to amplify their voices.
The designation of secret listening devices as bugs is entirely suitable, given their small size. Modern bugs can be concealed in pens, calculators, and even buttons (although the latter need to be replaced frequently, as their power supply is so small).
The miniaturization of electronics has made it possible to pack more devices into the small package. For example, video equipment can be contained in a bug, enabling sight as well as sound surveillance.
There are many different standards, frequencies and transmission technologies used to replace the bug’s cable connection and make it into a wireless bug. They can transmit, for example, in radio waves using UHF or VHF frequencies, FM, AM, or various digital modulation schemes. Some low cost (or specialist) models use infrared light. Infrared bugs require a direct line of sight between the microphone and the receiver, while costlier radio frequency models do not.
Some models of wireless bugs operate on a single fixed frequency, but the most advanced models operate on a user selectable frequency to avoid interference and allow the use of several bugs at the same time.
Surveillance is defined as the collective action of official gathering of information on persons for the purpose of preventing crime and terrorism, or prosecuting offenders. It includes human and technological gazing where officials observe the physical movements and activities of persons.
These observations can be used for identification or may act to advance an investigation as a component of a larger body of evidence, such as in the case of closed-circuit television (CCTV) data. It also involves the acquisition of personal data, which includes the collection of biographical biometric or transactional data on individuals harvested from personal communications, electronic transactions, identifies, records or other documents. This involves voice or documentary information that can be used in criminal investigations or prosecutions.
Wireless Spy Bugs Technologies
Wireless Spy Bugs are placed in areas where conversations usually occur, such as meeting rooms, offices, and vehicles. They can be hidden in wall sockets, light switches, lamps, paintings, ceilings, walls and air vents. In high-level operations, Wireless Spy Bugs have also been placed on park benches and cafes frequented by the targets. Wireless Bugs are now available in numerous shapes and forms, with many appearing as common everyday items, including electrical adapters, clothes hooks, cups and fake plants. Another type of Wireless Bug is that which is worn on the body by an informant or infiltrator, such as in watches, pens, identifications tags and tie pins.
Wireless Bugs require an energy source to operate. In sophisticated devices, small but powerful batteries are used that can last for months. In cheaper models, battery packs are strapped together and hidden along with the microphone and / or camera, though these are more easily detected, and must sooner or later be replaced with fresh batteries. Wireless Bugs can also be wired to household or vehicle energy sources.
Wireless Bugs can be categorized into two classes; active bugs and passive bugs. Active Wireless Bugs transmit recorded data (voice and / or video) wirelessly via RF to a receiver, which is usually in the vicinity (i.e., a nearby observation post or vehicle). The proximity of the receiver will depend on the effective range of the bug. In some cases, police have used planes to receive transmissions when it is not possible to get a ground vehicle close enough to a Wireless Bug. Buildings and heavy traffic can disrupt transmissions, depending on the device. At times, police have to use abandoned buildings, rooftops or other areas in order to receive transmissions from a device. On the other hand, passive Wireless bugs do not transmit signals, but rather only record data in an internal memory or external memory card. This would make it harder for the device to be detected by scanners, but the surveillance team would require periodic access to it.
Most frequently, small and easily concealed audio microphones are used as Wireless Bugs. Some Wireless Bugs also used laser microphones that bounce lasers off a hard surface. Vibrations on the surface caused by sound waves change the way the laser is reflected the receiver, allowing sound recording
Digital wireless cameras continue to offer ever-increasing capability in smaller packages for lower cost. Coupled with the greater ease with which digital imagery can be analyzed and manipulated, this has led to the steady decline of analog cameras for most purposes. Microelectronics have allowed these devices to be built very small for easy concealment. There is an inverse relationship between small size and resolution, but this kind of surveillance equipment usually offers adequate capability when used close to the target. The software can be used to collate and evaluate footage, but has limited ability to identify specific individuals or objects. Wireless Cameras which provide imagery outside the visible light spectrum are also available but are more expensive. Infrared imaging is the most common, but models which provide imaging using other kinds of electromagnetic emissions, such as, x-ray and gamma rays, are also available.
There are four examples of bug devices commonly used:
Acoustic Bug: A type of bug device that does not use electronics. Eavesdropping occurs through the use of a drinking glass, stethoscope, rubber tube, tape recorder, digital recorder, or another device that enables the eavesdropper to hear what is being said.
Ultrasonic or VLF Bug: A device which converts the sound into an audio signal which cannot be heard by human ears. The ultrasound signal is intercepted and converted back to audible frequencies.
Radio Frequency Bug: The most common type of audio bugging device. This device uses a transmitter to capture sounds and transport them to another location.
Optical Bug: Converts sound into an optical pulse.
Persons known or unknown to you may use these devices to steal information in an effort to further their goals. A bugging device or wiretap can be a key component of pre-attack intelligence gathering. Eavesdropping is the one early-warning sign of spying that can be detected. Many times, when eavesdropping is detected, the attack can be thwarted. Proactive eavesdropping detection is cheap insurance.
Wireless bugs and microphones have moved from the arena of political espionage to the boardrooms of corporate offices and police surveillance operations. Recognizing the prevalence of electronic eavesdropping devices and their threat to privacy, the United States Congress passed the Electronic Communication Privacy Act in 1986, which made wireless bugging illegal. Nonetheless, the use of eavesdropping devices and detectors is widespread in the intelligence and business communities. One estimate places the annual sales of such devices in the United States alone at $888 million.
Success in detecting listening devices depends in part on making some good guesses on the type of device that is being used. Since most covert devices are electronics “bugs” or wiretaps, most of the detection devices that are available are designed to locate changes in the electrical properties of a wireline, transmissions through the air, or electrical anomalies in the vicinity of an eavesdropping device. The process of locating bugs is called bug sweeping since many devices are swept through the air in much the same way that a metal detector is often swept back and forth along the ground.
Bug sweepers vary in type and sophistication. Some can only detect a bug when it is transmitting and are essentially scanners that seek a stronger signal within the range of frequencies, a pretty limited type of device, but since many bugs are purchased as hobby kits or through internet dealers, they share common design features. These consumer bugs tend to send out signals that are in the standard FM broadcast bands or just below the frequencies of the standard FM broadcast bands. Knowing this makes it easier to detect this common type of bug.
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