Hacking Countermeasures

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This article is about hacking in bugging, not so much in terms of other prevention or detection information, but more about countermeasures, how to respond to bugging or hacking against an individual or business, or what you have done to prevent it. One thing that’s been discussed about this is detecting it. The first thing is hacking. If you have a computer or a network and you want to check your IP traffic to see if the inbound traffic matches the outbound request, you go to a website and click enter. Within the programming of the browser, it is going to send out a request for packets for certain websites. All that should come back is what’s requested. If the inbound and outbound traffic do not match, that could be an indication that there’s some kind of hacking or virus on that computer, or what’s called a packet sniffer to see what packets are being transmitted. 

Now you also want to take a look to see if there’s a diversion of the DNS, meaning that when you go out and you put in xyz.com, hopefully you’re putting in dot com to make sure that that’s translated correctly into the right websites and not being diverted elsewhere. Spoofing can do that. Look at your logins for your email. If you have an email program, Gmail could be a corporate server looking to see who’s logged in or who has logged in to your email account. And you can look at your IP history to make sure that all the logins were ones that you knew about and that nobody was logging in from Bulgaria or Romania, checking your email, or trying to check your email. 

Occasionally, look at the spam folder in your email account; that will give you a good indication of attempts at spoofing or hacking. And if you look at the terms in the email spam, you look at the subject messages. If you look at the senders, you may find some common threads to indicate who might be attempting intrusions into your system and trying to see where the vulnerabilities are in your systems. And if you have some trouble messing around with it, reply to those from a different email address to see what kind of responses you get and see how far it goes. Reply from a safe, you know, maybe a free email system like Hotmail to see what you get now with regard to bugging specifically. 

Check your phone line signals to see if your phone line has signals that are coming and going that don’t match traditional phone calls. If your caller ID on your phone is strangely not showing up and showing random characters, that could be an indication that the ANS signal, which transmits between the first and second rings, is being either diverted or interfered with. And sometimes it’s not about the caller ID. It’s about strange signals on your phone line that will interfere with that signal and will show up as a corrupted caller ID display. 

And then, obviously, if you’re having a bug or acquisition of audio in your home or business, it may have straight RF or radio frequency signals, and that’s something that can be detected. So hacking and bugging could be problematic for high net worth or affluent individuals or businesses. Detecting that is really important. Everybody has antivirus protection and that type of thing, but detecting it and then responding to those threats is an important way to keep valuable information, security, or your accounts from being compromised.

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