(translated from the french translation at https://attaque.noblogs.org/post/2020/02/18/follonica-italie-les-murs-aussi-ont-des-oreilles)
For about two years now, well-known spies have been listening without scruples to our daily life and privacy. We found four bugs, one in each room, at our home in Follonica. Each bug had a SIM chip and a memory card. The bugs were connected directly to the electrical system of the house, by means of a transformer and a battery.
We learned that the cops were supposed to put a camera in there as well, but they couldn’t put it in because it was difficult to hide it.
The State tries to get the idea that we are always being watched and controlled, as if they understood, through the keyhole, how we live, what we think, and what we desire. But they will never understand the complexity of our existences, maybe they would just manage to perceive what they already expect or what they want to hear, just by drawing their miserable interpretations from it.
What we feel can never be captured by cold transcripts in police files. Our passions will always remain incomprehensible to their ears.
(translated from the french translation at https://attaque.noblogs.org/post/2020/02/10/pise-italie-voila-encore)
On january 31st we found microphones* in the Anarchist Garage in Pisa, as well as in the house of a comrade, in Follonica. The devices were connected to the electrical systems of both buildings and were used to listen to discussions over a period of several months. It should be noted that the spies entered the premises with a technological device that does a kind of ultrasound scan of the inside of the locks.
The cops began their investigations following an arson attack on a vivisection laboratory in Pisa, which was never reported in the press.
* the company that supplied the devices is Lutech Spa, based in Roncello (MB)
We received by email nine official documents published by italian courts or other italian agencies that illustrate the interactions between Italian justice and surveillance companies. In this article, we explain the content of these documents, and give links to the documents themselves (in italian).
On this website, we usually write about the use of physical surveillance devices (such as hidden microphones and cameras, GPS trackers) by cops in investigations. But in many judicial systems, long-term investigations also involve prosecutors and special judges. In Italy, as we will see, prosecutors often directly purchase services of environmental interceptions (intercettazioni ambientali), which means putting spying devices where you live.
When cops decide to spy on us using surveillance devices such as hidden microphones and cameras or GPS trackers, they need to get the devices from somewhere. It seems that they often buy these devices from private companies. The companies that manufacture and market those devices are part of what we call the surveillance industry.
We think that understanding how the surveillance industry works, who sells the surveillance devices to the cops and what the devices look like will help us to oppose this surveillance. So we have started a research work focused on this industry, and particularly on the companies that participate in it.
(original, more detailed article in greek at https://omniatv.com/853454297)
Recently, two GPS trackers were found on the vehicles of politically active people in Greece. Both devices had a SIM card, a battery, and strong magnets on the outside so they could be attached to the metal surfaces of the vehicles.
The first device was found on a car in last august. Below are the pictures of the first device.
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.
(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.
(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).
(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.
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.