For specialized businesses and high-profile people with sensitive data and those with groundbreaking discoveries or products, protecting the integrity of information against competitors and others with malicious or self-serving intentions is vital.
This can include businesses, politicians or political action groups, investigators, researchers, and inventors who fall into high-risk categories; there is often an increased likelihood of attempted theft of information and communications. That is why it is critical to ensure all business, and office space is free from bugging, eavesdropping, and wiretapping, including the homes of all key individuals.
The most important way to ensure information and intellectual property are not subject to theft is by keeping as much information as possible encrypted and protected. Additionally, doing regular sweeps or technical surveillance countermeasure (TSCM) inspections for potential bugs, cameras, eavesdropping, and wiretapping devices in rooms, phones, computers, and electronics is critical.
The good news is there are ways to detect if wiretapping, bugs, or eavesdropping have infiltrated your business. Here are five significant signs that your private communications are being monitored, which should raise a red flag and are worth investigating by enlisting TSCM services.
Wiretapping of a phone line is rarely undetectable. If there is a consistent clicking sound on phone calls from a sound not generated on either end of the phone, and the phones being used are not damaged, this is a crucial sign there is some surveillance of the lines.
If this occurs, there is a chance that either one or both of the lines are being wiretapped. This should raise a significant red flag, especially if it continuously occurs.
But if the clicking sound occurs after a significant communication disruption such as caused by a major storm, earthquake, or solar flare. In that case, it may be that damage has occurred to the lines and is not caused by a security breach.
Too Much Information
If people you are in contact with seem to have information that has never been discussed before, this should also raise a red flag. This indicates a mole in your inner circle, or there is some form of bug planted in your office or home.
One of the definitive signs you are under surveillance is when one or more people from another business, competitor, or adversary keep appearing when you are out and about. This indicates they know your whereabouts and are keeping tabs on you through wiretapping, tracking devices, or bugging.
If your home or office stereo has strange or frequent interference sounds when in use, this indicates some electronic monitoring interrupting the radio frequency. There are a host of eavesdropping devices that use frequencies within or just outside the FM radiofrequency.
If the stereo begins to fade even though you have not adjusted the sound, this could be a cause for concern. Signals will become quieter at different spots within a room when eavesdropping devices are in a room.
If this occurs, getting a portable radio and moving around the room to see the highs and lows of the sound can help locate a bug.
If the sound becomes high pitched in a certain area of the room, this “feedback” indicates a listening device in the room which can usually be found near the point of the highest interference or squealing sound. This can apply to television frequencies as well.
Mysterious Repairs and Repair Trucks
If you see the same group of vehicles hanging out nearby for more than a day or two with no known outage or service request, this could signify that someone in the building is being monitored.
People who try to infiltrate a business will often use phone or cable repair vehicles or fake repair calls to infiltrate a company with eavesdropping. If they are repairing some communication lines in the building, be wary that workers could be installing eavesdropping devices on incoming lines.
Beware of the Moles
Personal integrity is essential in business relationships. It is vital to ensure that most employees who work for a sensitive data company, politician, inventor, researcher, investigator, or creator are not given access to critical information since inside sabotage is one of the biggest threats.
If crucial information continuously gets leaked to outside sources, there is little doubt that someone has infiltrated your inner circle, and it may be within your close circle of associates.