Bug sweep services
Bug Sweep Services
Once you realise how sophisticated and hard-to-detect bugs have become in recent years, then you’ll want to make sure that there aren’t any in your home or your place of business. Modern bugs don’t just pick up and transmit voices, they can essentially snatch information and data out of the air over WiFi.
As bugs become smarter, so do the detectors
To keep up with the increasingly smart bugs, bug-sweeping methods have improved vastly, especially in the last six or seven years. It’s now much more complicated to detect bugs and so if you engage a detection company or service, you need to know that it’s up-to-date. The company needs to know about all the current threats, as well as the techniques used for eavesdropping and for collecting sensitive data about individuals or companies.
The TSCM and bug sweep industry
Bug sweeping is an increasingly popular service and so an industry has sprung up to offer it; however, not all companies can’t promise accurate or reliable results because they don’t have the right depth of technical counter-surveillance measures (TCSM) experience.
Direct bug sweeping is actually impossible right now! It’s not so much a case of looking for the bugs themselves as eliminating other known transmitting devices and seeing (as it were) what’s left. There’s also lots of other things to consider and many service providers don’t like to go into too much detail with clients, mainly to save time, but also because of the very nature of the business.
It can be very complex
Bug sweeping can be a very tough thing to explain to anyone outside the industry, even if the person is paying for the service. It’s doubly problematic if the service provider doesn’t fully understand the technicalities themselves.
An astonishing 50% or so of bug sweeping services don’t fully understand what they’re doing and often spread myths because they actually believe them themselves.
Others blind their clients with science and jargon so they look like they know what they’re doing, which sometimes justifies a higher-than-necessary charge.
Yet others haven’t kept up with technical developments within the sector so, even though their service may have been great a few years ago, it’s simply not good enough now. They may be using outdated equipment, or they may be unaware of modern threats and methods.
Interception is one of the biggest threat we face
As more of the world uses smartphones and WiFi is ever more widespread, interception is becoming the main way to steal or uncover secret information.
The data can be taken from the air as easily as catching a feather floating by.
A few years ago, GSM (mobile network) interception equipment cost hundreds of thousands of pounds and operatives required advanced training.
These days, people can buy a passive GSM interceptor that’s built into a smartphone-styled casing. These devices have a range of around 300 metres and so the user can listen into live phone calls and grab text messages, as well as lots of other communications, including emails and social media activity. Even more worryingly, as no special training is needed, the operator only has to press a few keys and to anyone around them, it looks like they’re simply using a smartphone.
As they’re so convenient, it’s no surprise that these devices have replaced the bulkier, more expensive and tricky bugging methods and equipment.
If you need a consultation or if you want a bug sweep on your business premises or home, contact us via a safe email or phone and talk to us.