Thursday, October 15, 2009

"Does his brother sell 'anti-bugging' devices?"

South Korean embassies and other diplomatic missions abroad are vulnerable to electronic eavesdropping due to the shortage of preventive devices, according to the foreign ministry.

In a recent report to Rep. Rhee Beum-kwan for the ongoing parliamentary audit of government agencies, the ministry said only 34 of the country's 167 diplomatic offices across the world are equipped with devices for blocking electronic eavesdropping...

An anti-bugging device costs about 8 million won (US$6,600), and only one billion won would be needed to install them in the remaining 133 diplomatic missions, he pointed out. (

If there was an effective "anti-bugging device," it would sell for a whole lot more than $6,600.

There is a common misconception (even in government circles) that bugging is accomplished by only one technology - radio frequency transmission. "Install our handy-dandy 'anti-bugging receiver system' and you will be bug-free, 24/7/365... forever!" Even Fortune 1000 companies have almost fallen for this mental band-aid.

A while back, the South African government found one of these "anti-bugging devices" and thought it was a bug! (more) Interestingly,
that system was from Korea.

Moral: Avoid gadgets. Get a Strategy.