How can I sweep for bugs at work?
February 14, 2014 8:03 AM Subscribe
I'd like to find out if there are recording devices in offices at our workplace.
posted by anonymous to Technology (19 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
The backstory: there is a colleague at work (Bob) who apparently is becoming increasingly unstable. Over the past few years, Bob has repeatedly stated that there is a conspiracy against him among our colleagues, that he has the dirt on coworkers that will prove this, and that he will expose this wrongdoing. He has more than once said that he will install surveillance equipment to uncover this conspiracy. He regularly records conversations he participates in. Recently he presented us with a recording of a conversation that took place at work between several colleagues that he said proved the conspiracy; this was a private conversation at which Bob was not present. It's not clear how he obtained this recording. It's possible he recorded it from outside (through the door?) somehow, but it's also possible that he has in fact installed recording devices in people's offices, as he has repeatedly threatened to do. I am well aware that it sounds paranoid to think that offices may have bugs planted in them, but in this case there is enough evidence to make this a realistic possibility.
The question: what steps can we take to sweep for bugs or in some way determine whether recording devices are present in offices at my workplace?
The request to answer the question: many who read this will want to point out that the larger problem Bob will not be solved technologically. Trust me that we know this and are working on it in every way we can think of. The upper levels of our workplace are considering how to handle Bob; legal counsel is involved; the police have been called and are investigating. The appearance of recordings of what were thought to be private conversations is quite unsettling, and my colleagues would like to know whether or not everything they say is being recorded in their offices. Unfortunately the police have indicated that bug sweeping is not something they can do.
This is a technological question specifically about detecting listening devices. Please only answer this question if you have information about how to find recording devices.
This question is anonymous because the situation is a legal mess.