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RADIO SURVEILLANCE IN THE By Nigel

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                RADIO SURVEILLANCE (BUGGING) IN THE U.K.

                By Nigel Ballard 28 Maxwell Road, Winton
                          Bournemouth, Dorset,
                            BH9 1DL  ENGLAND

agents clambering up foreign embassy walls in the dead of night. This
could not be further from the truth. Firstly anybody, and I mean anybody
can get involved in bugging. And secondly, our respective security
on in, every time he/she passed wind, it was faithfully reproduced by the
man down the road, hidden in the back of a van bearing the trademark
'THE ACME WIDGET COMPANY'.

bugging, then the two popular choices would have to be in divorces and
ndustrial espionage. The hard done by wife seems unhappy with just the
from either the home wrecking harlot or the husband who has yet to know
the financial pain of a Californian divorce.

LOAD'S OF MONEY TO BE MADE AND LOST
ntrigue. Boardrooms are where the really big corporate decisions are
made, and this is where the bugs quite naturally find their way.  Large
corporations employ companies to 'SWEEP' their offices either at regular
ntervals, or when they get a sniff of the dreaded 'HOSTILE TAKE-OVER'.
There are a great number of companies involved in this lucrative trade.
At the bottom of the heap you have the sharks who will plant a bug on
the first sweep, only to discover it on the second sweep. You, the
customer feel's it is money well spent, and the shark could care less
less impressive hardware, pile the table high with valve rejuvenators
marked 'BUG HUNTER MARK TEN' etc etc, and then proceed to fool you into
thinking that they have brought along the latest in bug smashing

CONFLICT OF INTEREST?
Some companies sell bugging equipment and will even supply the personnel
to plant them. On the other side of the hall they have a division that
nterest if you are burning the bugging candle at both ends. And what
you are approached by Mr 'B' who wants to check out of he is being
bugged by Mr 'A'. Sure you know not only that he is bugged, but where
they are hidden, but you can't tell him can you? Or can you? It is a
case of who's paying the most. Or is it like in the case of a lawyer,
'Sorry buddy but I am already working for Mr 'A'. No, that would blow
the cover and guarantee that no monies would be forthcoming from either
Mr 'A' or Mr 'B'. And after all we're not a registered charity are we?
Far from it in my experience.

WHO WOULD I USE TO GET THE THOSE DARN BUGS OUT OF THE HOUSE
eradicating technical penetrations (there goes that word again) are
those that don't advertise openly, they are quiet, professional, and
could, if they were not so discrete, show you a very impressive list of

WHERE WOULD I BUY BUGS
Well, crystal controlled or shove it, that's my motto. There is nothing
to return hours later with your super sensitive scanner to find the bug
band. One minute it's sat on the local FM radio station, the next it's
neighbourhood listening in I ask myself?

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
RANGE:
The greater the range, the greater the chances that somebody else will
or round the corner. The lower the power, also means the greater the
battery life. Also, if you are employing a very high powered VOX device,
the target may wonder why his bedside light flickers every time he
SIZE:
The smaller it is, the harder it is to find.
FREQUENCY BAND:
The lower in frequency, the greater the range. Just remember to stay off
TELEPHONE: If attached to the phone, either in serial or parallel, make
attachments the target may have in his/her home. The local TELCO man
expensive and embarrassing bug will get found in minutes.
VOX: Vox is a very good addition, if the extra space taken permits it's
use. A bug hunter will still locate it, as most professional hunters put
out a specific audio tone, and a fast tuning receiver filtering out all
but an active carrier with that exact tone, will locate your bug VOX or
not.
REMOTE ACTIVATION: You are getting hi-tech now, these bugs have a
built in mini-receiver and can be remotely turned on and off. Very tasty
and very expensive. This method will thwart most detection methods
except hunters using the likes of an NLQ, or non linear junction
those annoying bloody clothes tags that always leave a wapping great
BURST TRANSMISSION: Well they certainly do exist. To be honest I have
never seen them advertised, but I do know they are in use. Basically,
the bug stores up say five seconds of speech, compresses it and then
to get a good fix.
ENCRYPTED BUGS: Once again they are in use. But this king of James Bond
technology is normally made in house for in house use. It would just not
be cricket to let the opposition see how advanced and small your latest
listening devices had got.
SPREAD SPECTRUM: Still in the area of exotic species, they are around,
and are being used safe in the knowledge that all the knob twiddling on
an Icom R-7000 would not reveal one's existence. A good spectrum
analyser though would show it up a treat.

THE LAW (or EVENING ALL..WHAT'S ALL THIS THEN YOU ORRIBLE LITTLE MAN?)
calculators, ashtrays. Telephone bugs etc etc. Even a healthy yet
expensive range of crystalled controlled variants. All made in Japan by
the likes of CONY (producers of sales leaflets proclaiming 'SMALL BUT
WITH GIANTS POWER'), and a lesser known company called RUBY to name but
a few. Perfectly legal to buy one or all of the models on sale. But as
DTI who licence ALL frequency use in the UK, do not have an allocation
for bugs, so you are now breaking the law. If it is a telephone bug, as
the phone system, only allow you to connect approved items to the phone
line, they must have a BT GREEN CIRCLE on the product. And yes you've

Then there is invasion of privacy, if they find it a sticky prosecution
on either of the afore mentioned regulations, you can be sure they will

A recent case involved a national electrical retailer trying to take
over a larger competitor, somebody employed these two berks who located
the home address of the opposing financial director, shimmied up his
telegraph pole, clagged a pair of bell wires to his line. These wires
biscuit tin hidden in a bush (REAL CIA STUFF EH?). Inside the tin was a
vox operated tape recorder. A TELCOM worker came across the wires up the
nformed, and a trap was set. Everyday one of the men would come to
continues.

Once again that's if for now.
Messages or general abuse directed at me on this BB please.

Stay lucky
Nigel.








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