April 19, 2016

Counter Surveillance Bug Sweeps

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Technical Surveillance Countermeasure (TSCM) Services For Today’s Complex Digital World

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Our company’s founder began conducting technical surveillance counter measures (‘bug sweeps”) in New York over twenty years ago. His clients ranged from fortune five hundred companies, politicians, to a few members of organized crime. What sets us apart from other companies offering counter surveillance services is our founder’s experience in designing and building covert audio and video surveillance equipment and counter surveillance equipment, in addition to a vast level of digital forensics expertise.

In 1995, when he began his career in clandestine operations, the vast majority of “bugs” were wireless transmitters and actual wire taps. Today’s counter surveillance expert must have an understanding of circuit board level electronics as well as an understanding of complex computer networks.  Of greater importance he/she must have experience in handling evidence. In the past year we have had a number of counter surveillance operations quickly turn into criminal and civil matters. Most often today’s spy equipment usually transmits its data via wifi or cellular data.  Other “bugs” record directly to a DVR, computer, or removable media. As such, it’s imperative that the expert you hire has experience in collecting digital evidence.

Movies and television would have you believe that bugs cause your phones to click, beep, or pop. The truth is your conversations, images of you, and your data are silently being transferred over the Internet to the party stalking you. We recently conducted a counter surveillance operation that uncovered camera hidden in a young ladies bedroom. Our digital forensics team later uncovered the stalker, also installed spyware in her computer. He was able to view everything on her computer screen, record any conversation that occurred near her computer, as well as record video footage of her in various stages of undress via her webcam. Other counter surveillance operations are not as devious. For example we recently uncovered that an employee was monitoring his bosses via the companies phone system.

You’re not being paranoid. Online retailers often sell spy equipment disguised in coat hooks, iPad chargers, and thumb drives for as little as $8. These devices are capable of recording both audio and video for two weeks when used with 64GB micro SD cards. Our counter surveillance experts have also encountered smart phones hidden in cars that are capable of listening and tracking.

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Debugging & Technical Surveillance Counter measure services provided by licensed private investigators with more than 25 years of counter surveillance experience.

What sets us apart from other agencies? Data Specialist Group offers unparalleled experience in Information technology and digital forensics. The great bulk of spying that’s done uses technologies already found in the home or office such as Bluetooth, WifI, and GPS. Our debugging and counter experts have the training and experience to locate the tiniest of electronic devices.

Are you under surveillance? Are you a victim video voyeurism?  Is someone stealing your company’s trade secrets? The key component to technical counter surveillance is the understanding of covert technology, as well as the ability to quickly identify audio and data taps. The key to catching the culprit is not alerting the other party you are on to them. Call us today (using a device and location you trust) for a free consultation.

For most private investigative agencies conducting a “bug sweep”, it is about putting on a show. Data Specialist Group has a reputation that speaks for itself. We have been featured in on “Channel 8 News on your side” and have worked on some of the most complex headlines-making cases. Our technicians have experience in all aspects of modern technology. Most spy equipment used today will either digitally store data or transmit its content over the internet. Our “bug sweep” team is trained to preserve and analyze electronically stored data. We are also experts in uncovering spyware in smart phones and computers.

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Today’s technology and conveniences make it very easy to conceal a multitude of audio, video, and digital recording devices in clocks, keychains, and Bluetooth ear pieces. While most people are looking for that freak at the gym filming them, the person stalking you could be a co-worker, employer, or even a family member. Our video voyeur investigators have found websites like Amazon and Ebay sell equipment that is illegal to use in the United States to the extent it often conceals a microphone. Our video voyeur investigators will ensure the admissibility of any evidence found, as well as offer expert testimony to their findings.

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Counter Surveillance Can Locate:

  • Analog Devices
  • Digital Devices
  • WIFI Devices
  • Hidden Wireless Networks
  • Bluetooth Devices
  • Cellular Devices
  • Broadband Devices
  • Wired and Wireless Cameras
  • Spyware in smart phones
  • Network Intrusions
  • Spyware and exploits in computers
  • Wiretaps
  • Router/Firewall Configurations
  • Packet Capture
  • Wireless Audio Devices
  • GPS Tracking Devices
  • Wireless Hidden Cameras
  • Bluetooth Device Hacking
  • Screen Recorders
  • Digital Audio Recorders
  • Phone Taps
  • Email Monitoring (does not require physical access to your computer)
  • Remote Computer Monitoring
  • Keystroke Loggers
  • Micro digital Video Recorders
  • Microphones hidden in ceilings and floors
  • Nanny cameras
  • E-mails bombs
  • Computer Spyware
  • Hacked Laptop Microphones that can send your conversation as an email via MP3
  • Telephone Recorders
  • Hacked Webcams
  • Spyware

Beyond traditional debugging and counter surveillance services:

There are some circumstances whereby the “spying” is a result of unsecured data access points. These are failures on the part of a spouse or an employer in identifying sources the party in question may have had or currently still has accessiblility. Our debugging and cyber security experts often find information leaks in the form of:

  • Failure to change Wifi security, which allowed an employ to access a small business network.
  • Failure to change keyless entry code to vehicle, which resulted in the installation of listen devices and GPS tracking devices.
  • Failure to change password to online accounts and or de-authorize devices that were previously shared. This allowed a third party to monitor their activity via iMessage, Gmail, and other online means of communications.
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Why Choose Data Specialist Group over other Private Investigators in Tampa Florida?

What sets Data Specialist Group apart from other Florida private investigators? Our attention to detail, our digital forensics team, and our commitment to obtaining positive professional results on each case we accept. Our investigators and examiners are well trained seasoned professionals averaging 25 years of experience. Many are former law enforcement. They have the experience, resources and professional pride that guarantees the best possible outcome for your investigation. Having a master detective from the secret service white collar crime task force helps too. We cover the entire state of Florida. Because we are located in the Tampa Bay area the majority of our cases are in Sarasota, Bradenton, Orlando, and Miami. We truly know central Florida like the back of our hand! We always exceed our customer’s expectations and are often told we undercharge!

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Confidentiality & Discretion

We know that often your contact with a private investigator is something that others must not know about. We will set you up with alternative means of communications. Emails and reports are password protected. All of our data and video footage is stored on encrypted servers. Data is also transported on encrypted hard drives if needed. There are many private investigators in Florida,  we believe we have the best equipped private investigators and digital forensic team in central Florida.

We will not undertake your case unless we are confident that we can help you. That being said, private investigators can’t guarantee an outcome. Once we take your case we will conduct the investigation in a time efficient and professional manner, always keeping your satisfaction as our goal. At the conclusion we will deliver a concise and well written report in a timely manner. Most of all we will follow up to be sure that you are satisfied with the service provided.

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What to Expect from a Private Investigator

 Private investigations are often cloaked in mystery and distorted by depictions in film and television. Though our operations require stealth our relationship with our client’s are completely above board. Your confidence and peace of mind is paramount at Data Specialist Group so we make the process transparent and straight forward. Here’s what we will do:

  • Speak with you at length to gather the details of your circumstance
  • Discuss the costs and develop a plan that offers the greatest return on your investment
  • Assign an experienced investigator to conduct the investigation
  • Communicate with you regularly during the process of the investigation
  • Deliver our findings to you in a detailed report and/or video when appropriate
  • Follow up with you to be sure you are satisfied with the service provided
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Theft of Intellectual Property

Data Specialist Group’s private investigators provide investigations, digital forensics, and consulting to corporations and their attorneys. Intellectual Property investigations require experts in gathering facts as well as data. Since 1999, we have been investigating in the physical world as well as the digital. What sets us apart from the rest is our years of digital forensics experience, superior investigative research capabilities, and an unparalleled knowledge of cyberspace and the mind of the cybercriminal. Many private and government agencies now seek our advice and emulate our approaches. The “Our Team” page is where you can review our bios. Simply put, we are the Intellectual Property attorney’s best friend.

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Our company was founded on video surveillance. As people became more dependent on computers and mobile devices, the need for surveillance reduces. That being said surveillance is a key component in documenting personal injury cases. We have conducted countless hours of surveillance video as well as followed subjects from one end of Florida to the other. Post surveillance our investigators generate detailed reports. Of greater importance we wrote the book on how to properly handle digital surveillance video. The most incriminating surveillance video in the world means nothing if it’s not admissible. Our founder was qualified as an expert in electronically stored surveillance footage.

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Divorce and Infidelity

Unfortunately relationships don’t always go as planned. When they go wrong a private investigator is often called upon to gather facts and document events. Many of our infidelity cases transition into divorce cases. Our private investigator and digital forensics teams are vital in documenting the affair as well as the misappropriation of marital assets.  Quite often in infidelity and divorce cases home computers and smartphones  contain everything from text messages to hidden bank account data. Our experience with family law cases sets us apart from other private investigations agencies.

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