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June 21, 2010

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


Many readers have asked for something like this.


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.


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.


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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