Steorn’s Offices Bugged – Miniature Spy Cameras Found
Technology development company Steorn have discovered their Dublin HQ has been bugged, potentially for many years.
Just a few hours ago Steorn CEO Shaun McCarthy posted some pics and video of a miniature video camera they found in the plastic cable conduit of their Cat5 Ethernet run. However, as they opened the plastic conduit further along the wall the true extent of the discreet surveillance was revealed.
The room contained a whiteboard and equipment and was among other uses it was predominately used for brainstorming sessions and technical discussion.
The short video taken by Steorn shows at least 5 pinhole cameras embedded at semi-regular intervals along the wall conduit; each one able to see out of tiny holes cut in the plastic. The shocking discovery was made by a staff member who had to run a new power cable for some equipment they were using.
Steorn CEO Shaun McCarthy was taking it in his stride, posting:
“I am someplace between amused and bemused, one thing for sure is that being in the lab alone at night does not feel as comfortable as it used to!…the cabling in these buildings is all over the place, will take a few days to follow them – it does however look like they head out of the office…”
In true Steorn style, he even had time to joke; posting the following photograph with the statement – “I never knew how true this sign was till now!”
It’s not clear WHO was doing the surveillance, or even the extent of it yet. There is a good chance that the tiny pin-hole cameras found are only one part of a bigger surveillance effort on the Irish firm yet to be uncovered. Presumably Steorn will now conduct a full bug sweep and extensive security audit of ALL of their premises and systems.
A list of potential candidates for conducting industrial espionage would be very long indeed. For starters, the energy industry has a lot of money, resources, contacts and political backing; they also have the most to lose out of Steorn’s technology coming to fruition and that is why they must be prime suspect.
The other possibility is that the bugging was conducted by government spooks, possibly MI5/MI6 or even a foreign intelligence agency.
The most obvious reason for someone bugging Steorn is information and intellectual property in regards to their free energy technology – ORBO. Orbo has the potential to be the catalyst that ends the entire energy sector, and that is an industry worth many hundreds of trillions of dollars.
Steorn also used to provide expert witness testimony in relation to plastic card fraud and data forensics where they worked in conjunction with Interpol and other agencies. Perhaps it is their previous involvement in this sector that warranted the surveillance.
The job of fitting so many of these cameras would be extremely time consuming and would have to have been done while the building was empty, most likely overnight or during a holiday shutdown. It’s not clear whether the cameras were still operational when discovered, but ironically powering those cameras would have been a challenge to the perpetrators.
If Steorn uses PoE (Power over Ethernet) switches then it is conceivable that the devices may have been constantly powered just by the data cabling provided. If they don’t use PoE switches then it’s hard to imaging how many cameras could remain powered on if using batteries?
The cameras must also presumably be able to transmit the images somehow, so is there a miniature transmitter somewhere in the building that they still haven’t located – or were the cameras accessible over Steorn’s own network and ISP?
Whatever you believe in conspiracy theories or not; whether you think this was govt or corporate orchestrated; regardless this is indisputably direct evidence of a highly sophisticated long-term surveillance operation carried out against a company who’s technology is both potentially revolutionary and economically damaging to certain interests.