What are the warning signs of bugging or covert surveillance?

How to identify the signs of being under surveillance

Electronic eavesdropping, hacking and covert surveillance are all on the increase. This is due to the highly competitive commercial and political environment we live in, as well as the massive rewards that the sale of stolen intelligence can bring.

The ability to identify some of the subtle signs of covert surveillance can help you to spot and deal with potential threats to your reputation, competitiveness and bottom line before critical damage occurs. Here are some warning signs to look out for:

There is evidence that your private and confidential information is known in the public domain

  • Third parties seem to know your private business activities. This would be of specific concern if you had taken some reasonable measures to ensure company confidentiality.
  • Confidential intelligence, information and trade secrets are known to others.
  • Competitive quotes or tenders are being awarded to your rivals by very small margins.
  • The contents of private documentation is quoted or referred to by third parties.

There are signs of interference in the quality of your electronic communications

  • Static, interference or fluctuations in the quality of telephone communications.
  • Sudden continuous or intermittent interference to various systems including TV, radio, wireless communications.

Your office or home shows signs of unexplained disturbance

  • Your office or home has been the victim of a commercial or private burglary with very little loss.
  • Electrical sockets, wall plates or fixtures and fittings seem to have been moved or are not straight when no work has been undertaken.
  • Damaged or disturbed ceiling tiles, or debris is discovered on surfaces could indicate unauthorised entry into the false ceiling or tampering.
  • Disturbance to office furniture, office equipment, ornaments or drawers and no explanation for this can be found.
  • New items (radios, clocks, phones, power adapter, lamp, calculator etc.) suddenly appear in your office or home with no hint of how they got there.
  • Intruder alarm activations occur when no persons have been present on site or break in is evident.

You notice unusual or unscheduled human activity around restricted or private areas

  • Contractors vehicles, often vans, are parked near to your building for extended periods of time.
  • Unscheduled workmen turn up to perform maintenance work on the air conditioning, plumbing, electrics, telephone cabling etc. This can occur during office hours or during the out of office times when night security guards are protecting the building.

Think you are under surveillance? Act now

If you recognise any of these and are suspicious that you are under unauthorised surveillance you should act quickly.

  1. Take action to safeguaurd your information. What to do if you think you are under surveillance.
  2.  Contact QCC Global. We are experienced counter surveillance professionals who operate internationally. We hold a wealth of experience in discovering and dealing with the risks posed by both active and passive electronic listening devices.

We also offer a wide range of TSCM (Technical Surveillance Counter Measures) services designed to provide a secure environment in which to operate confidentially.

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