Update of the list of devices: 11 cases added (may 2021)

As part of our research work on the use of hidden physical surveillance devices by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, we publish a list of found surveillance devices.

In this update, 11 cases from 1988 to 2013 have been added to the list. Also, we now include a “methodology” section, which explains how the list is constructed. Documentation was added on:

  • A tracking device found under a car in Berlin (Germany) in july 1988
  • GPS trackers found under three cars in Boulder (United States) in july 2003
  • A surveillance device found in a car in Rovereto (Italy) in november 2004
  • A surveillance device found in a car in Bologna (Italy) in march 2005
  • A GPS tracker found under a car in Bad Oldesloe (Germany) in march 2007
  • A GPS tracker found in a car in Berlin (Germany) in may 2007
  • A GPS tracker found under the car of Marius Mason in Cincinnati (United States) in february 2008. About a month after the device was found, Marius Mason was arrested and later sentenced to 22 years in prison for arson attacks (more information available at supportmariusmason.org).
  • A GPS tracker found under a car in Levin (New Zealand) in april 2010
  • A tracking device found under a car in Lübeck (Germany) in april 2013
  • A GPS tracker found under a car in Leipzig (Germany) in may 2013
  • A GPS tracker found under a car in Stuttgart (Germany) in june 2013

If you wish to contribute informations, documentation, translations, or you are simply interested in the subject, you can contact us.

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Update of the list of devices (april 2021)

As part of our research work on surveillance devices placed by cops, we publish a list of found surveillance devices. The list hadn’t been updated since november 2020. It is now up-to-date with recent findings of devices. Also, it is now available in two versions, one with pictures of the devices directly embedded in the list and one without pictures. The pictures are still available in a high resolution format in a separate archive file. Everything can be downloaded here.

Documentation was added on :

  • A hidden surveillance camera found in Pisa (Italy), in may 2012
  • Surveillance devices used to surveil Julian Assange, founder of the news organisation Wikileaks, in the equadorian embassy in London (United Kingdom) from 2015 to april 2018
  • Outdoor surveillance cameras found in the “ZAD du Carnet” (France), in august 2020
  • A GPS tracker and a microphone found in a car in Berlin (Germany) in november 2020
  • A GPS tracker found under a car in Besançon (France) in march 2021

If you wish to contribute informations, documentation, translations, or you are simply interested in the subject, you can contact us.

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A GPS tracker found under a car in Besançon (France)

(translated from the original article in french at https://radiobip.fr/site/blog/2021/04/16/besancon-anarchiste-il-trouve-un-mouchard-sous-son-vehicule)

The story may sound funny, but the experience was, to say the least, indelicate. At the end of march, a man from Besançon was informed that a GPS tracker had been attached under his personal vehicle. A way to track his every move, announced by… the gendarmes themselves. Six months after being cleared in an investigation, he was contacted by the departmental section of Doubs in order to remove a device of which he knew nothing. A convinced anarchist with no previous criminal record, this witness feels that he was “targeted for his ideas.”

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New page: overview of surveillance devices & Ears and Eyes newsletter

New page: overview of surveillance devices

Cops and intelligence agencies sometimes use hidden physical surveillance devices – such as microphones, cameras, geolocation devices – to spy on individuals or groups doing subversive actions. The purpose of the new page is to give a quick overview of these devices by answering the following questions:

  • When are they installed?
  • Where are they hidden?
  • How do they work?
  • How to find them?

The new page can be accessed here: overview of surveillance devices.

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Emails will be sent when a new device is discovered, or when one of our publications receives a major update. Everything sent to the newsletter will also be posted on the website.

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Update of the list of companies (november 2020)

As part of our research work on surveillance devices placed by cops, we publish a list of companies that sell physical surveillance devices designed to be hidden in spaces to law enforcement agencies. The list hadn’t been updated since 2019. We have updated it so that it contains more recent data. It can be accessed here.

Below, you will find a summary of the changes made to the list during this update.

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Cameras found in the “ZAD du Carnet” in august (France)

The information below comes from a recent article published by Reporterre, a left-wing environmentalist media. The article in question, whose “legalistic” approach disturbs us, can be read here: https://reporterre.net/Au-Carnet-des-cameras-cachees-et-illegales-pour-surveiller-des-ecologistes (in french).

In august 2020, four cameras were found near the “ZAD du Carnet”, a place of struggle against the creation of an industrial area, in Loire-Atlantique, in the west of France. The cameras were found on august 31, and “appear to have been installed right before a « weekend of resistance »” organized there on august 29 and 30.

The four cameras, hidden near an access gate to the area, were “camouflaged in a fake tree log and fake stones“. They “filmed continuously and were connected, via buried cables, to large batteries and modems, also concealed, allowing images to be sent directly to a remote station“.

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A GPS tracker and a microphone found in a car in Berlin (Germany)

(translated from the french translation at https://attaque.noblogs.org/post/2020/11/06/berlin-allemagne-sur-le-mur-est-a-laffut-un-petit-mouchard-retrouve-dans-une-voiture)

As mentioned in the article “Some concrete elements on the searches of Berlin and Athens for a criminal association case” (https://kontrapolis.info/586, in german), a GPS tracker and a listening device were found in a vehicle shortly before the searches.

Unfortunately, the cops prevented a quick publication, and this must now be made up for.

These devices were obviously installed by the federal criminal police (BKA) in order to retrieve information on the persons accused in the present “criminal association” proceedings. In general, it is very important not to keep such things to oneself, but to reveal these occult methods.

According to what is currently known, the GPS tracker was installed in august 2019 and the listening device intended for “internal surveillance of a vehicle” during or after september 2019.

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Update of the list of devices (november 2020)

As part of our research work on surveillance devices placed by cops, we publish a list of found surveillance devices. The list hadn’t been updated since october 2019. It is now up-to-date with recent findings of devices and can be downloaded here. Specifically, documentation was added on :

  • A GPS tracker found on a car in Greece, in august 2019.
  • A GPS tracker found on a motorbike in Athens, Greece, in october 2019.
  • Microphones found in a building in Pisa, Italy, in january 2020.
  • Microphones found in a house in Follonica, Italy, in february 2020.

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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A few informations coming from internal documents of the italian national police

Notes :

  • This article was made from the reading of thousands of internal documents from the italian national police (Polizia di Stato) dated from 2012. These internal documents were leaked several years ago and are since then freely available on the web. They can for example be downloaded from the website “euleaks.is” (we don’t know who is behind this website, take precautions if you access it).
  • These documents were very likely published by a person close to the russian secret services, and who is known for having already published forged documents. You can find more informations about this individual at this address : https://emma.best/2019/03/20/the-russian-contractor-who-infiltrated-anonymous. However, we think that the documents on which this article is based are genuine.

An audio surveillance device was hidden at the Centro Studi Libertari di Montesanto, in Naples, in 2012

A document shows that an audio surveillance device installed in the place was operated by italian cops, at least between february and june 2012. This document can be found in the documents archive at the location “pack001/interesting/richiesta documentazione ai P.M. di napoli del 5.10.2012.doc”. You can also read it here (in italian) : https://cloud.disroot.org/s/sg5m2Fo6HYnnGsP/download.

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Use of tracking devices by cops to target Wet’suwet’en solidarity organizing (in so-called “Canada”)

Below are extracts from an article published on the website North Shore Counter-Info. The complete article can be read here: https://north-shore.info/2020/08/20/details-of-police-surveillance-targeting-wetsuweten-solidarity-organizing.

North Shore Counter-Info has received legal documents that have not yet been made public containing details about recent investigations targeting anarchists in Southern Ontario who have been engaged with Wet’suwet’en solidarity organizing in 2019 and 2020. Many of these details confirm practices of surveillance that many suspect take place, but that aren’t usually taken seriously. This includes collaboration by big tech companies, tracking devices, and long periods of active surveillance.

We can confirm the following:

  • The police sought and obtained a 492.1(1) warrant to track an individual’s location by attaching a tracing device to their vehicle.
    • This warrant was granted within 24 hours
    • This warrant would authorize the device to be in place for up to 60 days, or up to a year if it pertains to a criminal organization or terrorism (and recall that anarchists in Ontario are frequently accused of being both)
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