Thursday, March 13, 2014

Chinese-Made Bugs in Demand in Vietnamese City

Bugging devices smuggled in from China are widely sold in Ho Chi Minh City though lawyers say their use is illegal. 

Also available on eBay.
A shopkeeper named Duong in an alley in District 3 offered a Thanh Nien reporter two bugging devices smaller than a matchbox for VND900,000 (US$43).

“They can hear clearly within a 15-30 meters radius,” he said, offering a 12-month guarantee.

One needs to buy a prepaid SIM card, an unregistered one which is also widely available illegally so that it cannot be traced, insert it into the device, and call to activate it, he said.

A call to that SIM card then will pick up sounds from around the device.

Another bug costing VND1.6 million automatically sends signals to one’s phone number when there is any noise in the vicinity.

But their prices vary largely around the city...
A company, only identified as N.N., rents an office building in Vo Van Tan Street to provide bugging services. 

Tai, a representative, said a full package of calls, messages, history of web browsing and online chats, images from a ’s mobile phone, and the location of the target costs VND10 million a year and VND3-4 million the second year. 

He said it only takes 15 minutes to install a software on the target’s mobile phone. An Internet connection is needed to activate the software, and once that is done all information from the phone is sent to the customer’s email. A contract is signed to offer a guarantee, he said. 

Several companies like Tai’s operate in the city, labeling themselves as detective agencies. (more)