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Bugged

Bugged

In our high tech world, what was once a complicated

electronic task is no longer such a big deal. I'm talking

about "bugging". No, I don't mean annoying people; I mean

planting electronic listening devices for the purpose of

eavesdropping. Bugging an office is a relatively simple

process if one follows a few basic steps.

First, a person needs to select the bug. There are

many different types of bugs ranging from the infinity bug

with which you can listen in on a telephone conversation from

over 200 miles away to an electaronic laser beam which can

pick up the vibrations of a person's voice off a window pane.

The infinity bug sells for $1,000 on the black market and the

laser for $895. Both, however, are illegal.

Second, one needs to know where to plant the bug. A bug

can be hidden in a telphone handset, in the back of a desk

drawer, etc. The important thing to remember is to place the

bug in a spot near where people are likely to talk. The bug

may be useless if it is planted too far away from

conversations take place.

Last one needs to know how to plant the bug. One of the

most common ways is to wire a 9-volt battery to the phone's

own microphone and attaching it to a spare set of wires that

the phone lines normally contain. This connection enables

the phone to be live on the hook, sending continuous room

sounds to the eavesdropper.

It used to be that hidden microphones and concealed tape

recorders were strictly for cops and spies. Today such

gadgets have filtered down to the jealous spouse, the nosy

neighbor, the high-level executive, and the local politician.



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