Tuesday, January 3, 2012

'Cheaters' Spy Shop: TV Show Opens Online Store

via the Huffington Post... 
"Cheaters," a syndicated reality series that investigates cheating spouses and records the often-violent confrontations that ensue...now series creator Bobby Goldstein thinks he's found a better product for his corporate brand: A website that sells spy goods.

It's called Cheaters Spy Shop, and sells all sorts of surveillance gear for suspicious minds, including recovery sticks that can pull up anything currently on the iPhone and even recover deleted information; mobile software that will send a person all texts and pictures being sent, web history, call logs, and GPS location every 30 minutes; and even motion-activated hidden cameras that record any movement and activity in high resolution. "We also sell audio recorders that look like pens," Allen Watson, president of the Cheaters Spy Shop, told HuffPost Weird News... 

Meanwhile, Kevin D. Murray, who does eavesdropping audits and counterespionage consulting, says that the idea of doing your own investigation of a suspected cheat may sound appealing, but often causes more problems than it's worth.

"Private electronic eavesdropping and stalking is illegal on both a federal and state level," he told HuffPost Weird News. "Conducting electronic surveillance oneself can create far more problems than it solves. A person with a legitimate concern should hire a licensed private investigator to collect the facts. Do-it-yourselfers lack the experience and emotional detachment to conduct successful investigations."

Murray also thinks that, even if the Cheaters Spy Shop offers its share of disclaimers on the use of the product, they could still be risking legal problems.

"Any person who assists another with illegal electronic surveillance is equally guilty," said Murray, author of the e-book, Is My Cell Phone Bugged?. "For example, a guy might ask the guy at Radio Shack, 'How can I secretly record my wife?' and that guy might say, 'Just buy this voice-activated recorder and hide it under the dashboard of her car.'"

"When it hits the fan, guess who the lawyers come looking for? Big-pockets Radio Shack," he said. "There have also been similar cases where private investigators just dispense advice like this. They get prosecuted, and the spouse who actually did the bugging gets off due to 'matrimonial immunity.'"

Murray says modern electronic surveillance has been regulated by law since 1968, but due to benign neglect and more pressing crimes, enforcement is rare. However, he said that on a few occasions, when the marketplace has become a little too hot, there is enforcement.

"From what I see, the pot is about to boil over again. Look for laws about spyware on cell phones, and raids on 'spy shops' in 2012," he warned.

But while he thinks the Cheaters Spy Shop could be putting itself at risk, Murray doesn't seem that concerned. At the end of the interview, he hinted he may contact the shop about carrying his book.

"It's a yin-yang thing," he explained. (more)