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June 21, 2010

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to detect newly embedded surveillance devices

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Many readers have asked for something like this.

NOT.

But I happened on this tip in the new (June 2010) issue of Wired magazine, and figured there must be someone out there who'd like to have this information.

Right?

Not right?

But I digress.

Here's what Jack El-Hai wrote in his "Weapons of Mass Detection" Wired story:

"Fresh paint absorbs UV light; old paint reflects it. A UV flashlight is a low tech (and low-cost) method of examining walls, woodwork and molding for touchups that might hide newly embedded devices."

Pictured up top is a nifty 4-inch-long 8 LED UV nonrolling (hexagonal housing) flashlight that could jumpstart your career as a junior Inspector Gadget.

$9.61.

Cheap at twice the price, consider you could probably charge $100/hour to "sweep" a residence for hidden devices.

If you could find someone who'd pay you....

Oh, yeah, one last thing so you don't make a fool of yourself while trying to pass as a detection expert: In the context of the tip above, "absorbs" = not reflective; that is, newly painted areas DON'T light up.

Practice at home first, would be my advice.

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I'm ordering that light, not because I am being spied upon. But because I have scorpions under my house and they make their way into the cabinet sometimes. The best way to find scorpions is with a UV light because they glow under them.

Posted by: DanO | Jun 22, 2010 3:40:03 AM

And, there whole classes of UV catalyzed adhesives and fluorescent minerals to discover - once you recover from your paranoia.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jun 21, 2010 12:05:08 PM

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