The World of Surveillance
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Surveillance (7906 Hope Valley Ct, Adamstown, MD 20710, $35/yr) reports on
phone taps via teleconferencing. This simple technique involves the
``tappers'' conference calling two parties he wishes to spy on. He then
listens and records the ensuring conversation. It is pointed out that this
technique is not universally applicable, but is limited to situations where
both parties normally answer the phone on the first ring. (And don't realize
that neither one called the other).
2600 (Box 752, Middle Island, NY 11953, $18/yr) reports that some cordless
phones, including the General Electric System 10, model 2-9675, transmits
phone conversation made through a standard phone when the unit is hooked up.
Most people would assume that when they didn't use the cordless handset,
their calls wouldn't be broadcast for any nosey neighbors or others to
The Concealment or Car Caddy is a device to covertly record the conversations
of passengers in an automobile. It looks just like a litterbasket / snack
However, hidden inside is a tape recorder. It can either have one microphone
powered by a hearing aid battery or two powered by the tape recorder.
The SME-700 unit (stereo unit, with two microphones) sale is restricted only
to federal and state law enforcement agencies. However, the SME-RN36 unit is
available to anyone wishing to pay $385 for it. The SME-RN36 is configured
with a 2 hour recorder.
When asked what the reason for the restriction on the SME-700 was, Saul
Mineroff stated that ``it has certain features designed with federal agencies
and that was the agreement.''
The snack tray is slid back to activate the recorder and forward to turn it
This unit is produced by Saul Mineroff Electronics, Inc., 574 Meacham Av,
Elmont, New York 11003, Phone: (516) 775 1370, Fax: (516) 775-1371.
When Saul Mineroff refused to openly provide information on the features of
the SME-700 recorder, Full Disclosure was able to obtain ``Confidential
Information on SME 700 Surveillance System.'' The SME 700 is actually, just
the recorder, which can go in the car caddy, be worn on the body or used in
another applicable situation. Following are excerpts from the document:
``Saul Mineroff, of Mineroff Electronics has worked for over a decade in
cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration and F.B.I. personnel
(along with various U.S. Governmental agencies) to develop a highly
sophisticated foolproof body surveillance recorder with simple operating
``The SME 700 Recorder is designed strictly for law enforcement agencies. The
sale of this unit will only be distributed to law enforcement personnel. Its
primary use and design is for the agent in the field.
``The SME 700 makes recordings in stereo. Because stereo utilizes two
channels, it is easier for the human ear to identify certain sounds in the
recordings (e.g. if multiple voices were recorded, it is easier to depict
each individual voice when recorded in stereo). After recordings are made on
the SME 700 Recorder they are played back on the SME 701 playback unit.
``There are many features fabricated into the SME 700 Recorder. The first
feature is the ability to record multiple voices and attenuate background
noise levels drastically. By using fast acting A.L.C., special filtering, and
compressing circuits, along with DNR (Dynamic Noise Reduction) in playback
unit, background noises are suppressed allowing the primary voices to be
recorded and played back.
``The SME 700 Recorder is non-detectable (via tape recorder detectors). The
circuit employs low frequency A-C bias, is completely shielded, and doesn't
generate radiation. Radiation is what tape recorder detectors detect.
The other features are mechanical in nature to prevent accidental operation.
This subminiature bug, is available in a VHF and UHF version. The 900mhz
version is pictured here (actual size). The manufacturer, ATET, Via G. Da
Verrazzano, 42, 10129 Torino, Italy, Phone: 011/ 59-04 93, Telex: 213273,
TOATET I, claims that the unit is the smallest crystal controlled units being
manufactured in the world today.
Both units work over a input voltage range of 3 to 12 volts providing maximum
flexibility in power sources. The power output ranges from
.7mw to 135mw on the VHF unit and 3mw to 20mw on the UHF depending
on input voltage.
Several adapters are available for the units: 1) Telephone adapter, converts
the module into a series telephone transmitter which obtains power from the
phone line, 2) External microphone adapter, converts the module into a
body-worn transmitter with the capability of total concealment, and 3)
Vehicle adapter, connects to the internal supply circuitry of a motor vehicle
and produces continuous transmission.
The VHF unit has a frequency range of 135 - 175 mhz FM. The UHF frequency
range is 700 - 1100mhz FM. The dimensions of both are 9 x 21 x 22 mm.
The most significant problem with these units is a frequency shift over time.
As you can see from the photograph, the unit was originally manufactured for
900.270mhz and shifted to 900.265mhz and 900.260mhz.
This particular unit was tested by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The U.S. Distributor for these bugs is: Knox Security, 335 Greenwich Rd,
Greenwich, CT 06830, Phone: (203) 622-7300.
Pictured on page 9 with complete specifications below is a VHF
microtransmitter disguised in a non-functional cigarette lighter.
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