Update of the list of devices

As part of our research work on surveillance devices placed by cops, we publish a list of examples of found surveillance devices. This list hadn’t beed updated since november 2018. It is now up-to-date with recent findings of devices and can be downloaded here. Specifically, documentation was added on :

  • A device found in a squat in Grenoble, France, in august 2018.
  • Cameras found outside during a gathering in Sarthe, France in september 2018.
  • A microphone found in a car in Cremona, Italy, in february.
  • Six microphones and a camera found in a house in Trento, Italy, in march.
  • Microphones found in a squat in Turin, Italy, in march.
  • A device found outside during a gathering in Cuneo, Italy, in june.
  • A microphone and two GPS trackers found in a vehicle in Italy in august.

As stated in our call for contributions, we try to focus on surveillance carried out by intelligence agencies and political police against individuals or groups doing subversive actions. If you wish to contribute informations, documentation, translations, or you are simply interested in the subject, you can contact us.

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Two GPS trackers and a microphone found in a vehicle (Italy)

(translated from the french translation at https://attaque.noblogs.org/post/2019/08/27/italie-deux-balises-gps-et-un-micro-trouves-dans-un-vehicule/)

Hi, I’m Giampi, when I drink diesel I carry around Europe my friend and its blond and hairy beast. A few days ago, we got rid of two things that were sticked on us. A GPS tracker with a SIM card from an italian operator (with an accumulator made of five 3.6V lithium batteries, white and green colored, connected in a series) attached with a magnet to the rear bumper, on the right side. Another GPS tracker, with a microphone (with four batteries identical to the others) was placed in the air vents which are between the windscreen flap and the windscreen.

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A surveillance device found during a gathering in Cuneo (Italy)

(translated from the french translation at https://attaque.noblogs.org/post/2019/06/13/coni-italie-fureteurs/)

The voices which, since the gathering of saturday 8th of june in front of Cuneo’s jail, as part of the campaign against the 41bis, cheered up the prisoners, were not only heard by the attentive ears of the prisoners, but also by the one, never distracted, of the State.

By moving a few stones of a small wall along the path, on the closest spot to the 41bis section of the jail, and where we usually put the sound system during the gatherings, a watchful comrade noticed a strange package, wrapped up in a black garbage bag. Inside, we found a device capable of recording images and sound (it was made of a screen and a door for an SD card, a battery, a microphone and a camera hidden behind a rock where a hole had been made).

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The ears of Pedrotta : microphones found in Turin (Italy)

(translated from the french translation at https://attaque.noblogs.org/post/2019/03/14/turin-italie-les-oreilles-de-m-me-pedrotta/)

(original article in italian at https://www.autistici.org/macerie/?p=33477)

After having our ears burning for long, we found and fixed the problem. The big ears of the police and the prosecutor Pedrotta [who investigates comrades in Turin, with the operation « Scintilla »; NdAtt.] are those which, during two years and a half, secretely listened the voices of the everyday life and words exchanged in the kitchen of the flat on the fifth floor of the squatted house on 45, Corso Giulio Cesare. Here are the microphones that captured discussions that were then reproduced in the file of the latest investigation, to prove that the defendants knew each other, often talked together, were preoccupied by the creation by the italian State of a DNA database and the impossibility to refuse giving a DNA sample, that they discussed a text to publish or chatted about stuff.

We hope that after listening and sticking their nose into the lives of others for so long, Pedrotta had something caught in their throat or tripped over a step.

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Internal document of the french intelligence services : Technical assistance for surveillance and shadowing – putting beacons

Technical assistance for surveillance and shadowing – putting beacons, internal document of the french intelligence services, is a manual explaining how to put and operate localization beacons on vehicles in order to surveil movements. It was published in Tarnac, Magasin général, a book published in 2012 that relates the « Tarnac case » (in which people were placed under investigation, accused of sabotage of railways). It would date back to the middle of the 2000s, according to an article of the newspaper Médiapart that was published along with the book.

This document can be downloaded here :

The document first explains the ways of putting beacons on vehicles in different scenarios (vehicle location, possibility to move the vehicle somewhere else to place the beacon…). Then, it presents different type of beacons and how to use them.

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Trente (Italy) : 6 microphones and a camera found

(translated from the french translation at https://cracherdanslasoupe.noblogs.org/?p=4830)

(original article in italian at https://roundrobin.info/2019/03/trento-sei-microspie-e-una-telecamera-immagini-pesanti/)

Following the « Renata operation » which led to the arrest of seven comrades and about fifty police searches, mostly in Trente and Rovereto, but also in Rome, Naples and Cagliari, we decided to check our homes, looking for enemy ears.

Searching through outlet and switch cases, we found 6 acoustic devices, chips with microphones, batteries, sim card and memory card (the sim and memory card were there in each case but one).

Two of them were located in two different places of the living-room, the communal space of the house. Another was located in the corridor that goes from the entrance to the bedrooms and the rest of the house, the last three were found in the private bedrooms, one for each room.

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A bug found in Cremona (Italy)

(article first published in italian here : https://csakavarna.org/?p=4232)

One year after the last discovery of a GPS bug in the car belonging to comrades in Cremona, we just made another find. In the same car, we found a bug, connected to a Vodafone SIM card (protected by a PIN code), with the microphone placed in upholstery of the vehicle roof. The work, with great delicacy, was done inside the car and the bug wires were hidden in the isolation case. The device was connected to the car electrical system, so that the bug turned on when the car started.

We don’t know when this control toy was put in place. Maybe it was because it wasn’t nice, for the spies, to get caught the hands in the jar of jam, last year. It’s a shame that these hands aren’t dirty with jam, but with blood. Blood that comes from wars, control, repression, cages. We have only contempt for those who spy on the lives of others. Passion for freedom is stronger than any authority.

Below, pictures of the device (click on the pictures to see them bigger) :

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Counter-surveillance techniques (Maßnahmen gegen Observation)

Maßnahmen gegen Observation (Counter-surveillance techniques) is a booklet published in german in june 2011. It describes some surveillance techniques used by the States to surveil individuals and groups (espacially in the context of Germany), and ways to oppose this surveillance.

This booklet can be downloaded here (in german) :

Among the chapters linked with our subject, which is the study of physical surveillance devices hidden by cops in the spaces we live in, we can point out :

  • Peilsender (Trackers) page 30. This chapter describes two existing localisation techniques for surveillance devices placed on vehicles (using radio waves or GPS), as well as two type of trackers (the Quick-Pack placed outside the vehicles and the devices hidden inside).
  • Wanzensuche (Looking for surveillance devices) page 51. About possible hiding places for surveillance devices inside houses and ways to find them.
  • GPS-Peiler (GPS tracker) page 52. About ways of finding surveillance devices placed on vehicles.
  • Peilsender finden (Find the trackers) page 60. This chapters describes again, more precisely, ways of locating surveillance devices placed on vehicles.

Within those chapters, we selected a few extracts that we found interesting. You will find below english translations of those extracts.

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More precisions about the keylogger found in Italy

(informations received by email)

In october 2018, an article was published on several websites about a keylogger surveillance software found in Italy on a computer, and installed by cops. This article can be read in multiple languages :

Although this example of surveillance is rather outside our subject (we want to limit ourselves to studying physical surveillance devices, as mentionned in our call for contributions), we found interesting to talk about it anyway.

We received by email precisions concerning this surveillance software, which explain some things that were left unexplained by the article from october 2018. We summarized below the new informations. These informations should be treated with caution, considering that the surveillance software couldn’t be analyzed properly (the hard disk of the computer infected by the surveillance software was erased after the software was found).

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Bug found in Grenoble (France) in august 2018 : testimony and pictures

(informations received by email)

In august 2018, a surveillance device is found in the squat Awhanee in Grenoble (France), not long after the place was searched by the cops. This example was already present in our list of examples but with very little information.

A testimony of the people living in the squat about the search was published in august :

We received by email a new testimony concerning this surveillance device, as well as pictures of the device. We publish here the testimony and the pictures.

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