If a bad guy has access to your environment, they can plant a bug.
The most common way a bad guy gains access to a home or business is through the “service technician ruse.” It isn’t just in the movies, but in real life, too. He dresses as a service technician and says he is there to perform some service. While he is on the premises, he installs the bug.
You might be surprised how easy it is for bad guys to do that. Security processes need to be established in every business, because every home and business is vulnerable without them. It’s important to only allow in workers that you have called to come provide a service, for you to see identification and to verify the technician is from the requested company.
After considering how a bad guy can get access, people wonder, “What is a bug?”
A bug is a complete cell phone circuit that a bad guy can embed in any appliance that taps into the electrical lines. That could be an alarm clock, a blender or a power strip- and it can live there forever. The bad guy simply sets up an unlimited phone plan for it and that gives them unlimited access. Bugs usually include a sound activated device and so it stays dormant until you make some noise and then it calls the bad guy to start listening.
In fact, one case we had started with a business owner calling and asking, “Is my office bugged?” He was suspicious because people knew about conversations that only a few were privy to. We came in to do a Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) sweep, which is the technical term for office bug detection and found his offices were clean. However, we were able to determine that someone else in the building was being bugged!
Hidden bug detection, or TSCM, takes a little time, but provides a lot of peace of mind.
-T. Wilcox, CEO, International Investigators