Subliminal Hacking
The Art and Science of Social Engineering


January 2, 2013


In April 2012 I was fortunate enough to be given a free USB Stick from Online Spy Shop that is a GSM Bug as part of a small give away they were running. I have had this sat on the shelf since it arrived but havent found the time to check it out, but with the New Year video creating bug I did it today. This is a great device for Social Engineers, and the type of thing I would expect to see in your Social Engineering kit bag.

So whats the specs?

3 days in standby mode 3 hours when in call mode
Operates on GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz
15 meter audio pickup range

As you can see from the picture its nothing fancy to look at, its just a standard USB Stick (It has no storage). So how does it work then? First of all you need to plug it in and charge it up for 3 hours, then its time for action 🙂 Obviously as its a GSM Bug, you are going to need a SIM Card. I just purchased a Pay As You Go one that I can top up as needed.

You insert the working / registered sim into the bug and the little light will light briefly to confirm you are good to go (When plugged in and charging the light will flash). You should now call the sim card number to make sure everything is working, all being well you should be able to hear input from the bugs microphone. Now the hands on stuff is done its time to tell the device to activate.

This is simply done by sending a text message to the number of the sim in the bug with the code 0000# along with the number you want it to call when it detects noise followed by another #. So an example would be 0000#0123456789#. If all is well you will get a response from the bug confirming “Voice Callback Open 0123456789”.

Now the bug is active and listening for sounds and vibration, and when it makes the detection it will call back to the number entered. So  so simple.

When you are finished you need to cancel the auto response mode, and this is done quickly and easily with another text, this time with two #’s. So an example would be 0000##0123456789#

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    About the Author

    Dale Pearson
    has worked in IT since 1998, Infosec since 2004, and studied and performed hypnosis, mentalism etc since 2009. Dale is a full time Red Teamer with a love of social engineering and qualified hypnotherapist. He spends a great deal of time researching the various skills and techniques that make up the art and science of Social Engineering.


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