Murray Associates TSCM
P.O. Box 668
Oldwick, New Jersey
Murray Associates is an independent counterespionage consulting firm. We specialize in Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (sometimes referred to as electronic eavesdropping detection, or TSCM) and counterespionage consulting.
Business and government organizations have relied upon Murray Associates expertise, since 1978.
Headquartered in the New York metropolitan area, a Murray Associates team can assist you quickly, anywhere in the United States, and internationally.
NOTE: SpyWarn™ is a standalone test. Use only when phone is not being used for other activities (calls, email, etc.). Turn off all other apps before testing. Turn off SpyWarn™ for normal phone use.
1. Begin the SURVEY
Twenty subjective questions ask about your phone’s symptoms.
Upon completion, a preliminary THREAT LEVEL is computed. Results are interpreted as LOW (0-33%), MEDIUM (34-66%), or HIGH (67-100%).
2. Begin the ANALYSIS
These tests objectively measure activity within your phone, while it is not in use.
SURVEY and ANALYSIS results are combined to produce a final THREAT LEVEL.
3. The eBook “Is My Cell Phone Bugged?” is embedded in the SpyWarn™ app.
1. Open SpyWarn™
2. Press lower right button marked “Manual”
3. You will see the Instructions page.
4. Either flick the screen to the left to see the first page, or press the top right button for the Table of Contents.
Welcome to SpyWarn™, a forensic investigation anyone can conduct to evaluate the likelihood a smartphone is infected with illegal surveillance spyware.
Spyware is malicious software (malware) installed on smartphones, unbeknownst to the owner. Spyware is designed to allow some (or all) of the following unauthorized activities…
• Steal contact lists.
• Send fake messages.
• Receive text messages.
• Make the phone dial someone.
• Access smartphone voice mails.
• Send texts using a fake number.
• Track using the phone’s GPS capabilities.
• Receive a text revealing the length of calls.
• Receive a text alert whenever the phone is in use.
• Eavesdrop by remotely activating the microphone.
• Obtain a log of the phone numbers called, and who called in.
This app is not designed to detect simple adware spying by marketers.
Top left. Shows the most current THREAT LEVEL evaluation.
Top right. Press the icon for additional information about that page.
This combination of subjective observations and quantifiable technical data produces the most accurate indication of your phone being infected with spyware.
Making a determination that your phone is bugged with spyware is initially a matter of observation. Murray Associates has identified the top 20 warning clues that spyware is present on a mobile phone. All of these clues are fairly easy to observe.
Keep in mind that some clues may also reflect issues other than spyware—your battery dying prematurely simply because it has reached the end of its life span, for example. However, the more warning clues you notice, the more likely your phone is infected.
Answer the questions as well as you can. You may pause whenever you want, and you can change your answers during the test. Once all questions are answered to your satisfaction, press the COMPUTE button.
A preliminary THREAT LEVEL (0-100%) will appear.
The likelihood of your phone being infected with spyware is generally interpreted as LOW (0-33%), MEDIUM (34-66%), or HIGH (67-100%). The latest computation is stored on the METER.
Data being analyzed during this test includes: the amount of time the phone is transmitting; and the amount of data being sent and received. The battery is also being monitored during the ANALYSIS. Unusually sharp battery charge drops when the phone is not otherwise being used is another clue spyware is at work behind the scenes.
The ANALYSIS may be conducted in different increments of time. The longer the test is run, the better the chances are you will detect spyware at work, and real-time eavesdropping.
The results of the ANALYSIS are also reported as a THREAT LEVEL percentage. This result is averaged in with the SURVEY THREAT LEVEL, thus providing the most accurate indication of spyware having infected your phone.
This file stores the results for future reference and comparison. These records may be accessed at any time.
Conduct ANALYSIS on a regular basis when your phone is spyware free. This creates a profile of your phone under normal operating conditions. Should a spyware Trojan infect your phone later, the latest ANALYSIS will be an anomaly by comparison.
A special edition of “Is My Cell Phone Bugged? Everything you need to know to keep your mobile communications private.” is included as part of SpyWarn™. This book was first published as a hardcover edition, by Emerald Book Company (ISBN-13: 97819345728870) for $17.95. It received excellent reviews from some of the most respected names in the security field, and has a 4.3-star review rating on Amazon.
It is an invaluable resource. In addition to determining how to tell if a phone is bugged, the book discusses many other communications privacy threats. It also provides practical advice and checklists for really solving snooping issues and other personal privacy issues.
Is My Cell Phone Bugged? was written by Kevin D. Murray, CPP, CISM, CFE – an independent and certified professional security consultant with over three decades of corporate counterespionage experience.
REAL-TIME EAVESDROPPING ALERT
The REAL-TIME EAVESDROPPING ALERT is a pop-up window which may appear during the ANALYSIS test. When displayed, it means your phone is transmitting and the microphone is turned on. This is the most positive evidence there is indicating spyware is has infected your phone. Someone is listening, now.
If seen, do not say anything which would alert the listener that you know they can hear you. Press the alert button and follow the recommendations provided on the screen.
According to The New York Times, “The antivirus industry has a dirty little secret: its products are often not very good at stopping viruses.”
Another tester came to a similar conclusion, “The results, generally speaking, were dismal… Many missed half or more of the spyware apps.”
…and, from The Wall Street Journal… “Symantec Corp. invented commercial antivirus software to protect computers from hackers a quarter-century ago. Now the company says such tactics are doomed to failure.”
Other “spyware detection” apps only scan for known spyware. New and well hidden spyware is missed. You need to be sure.
SPYWARN™ IS DIFFERENT
SpyWarn™ is a new and unique forensic methodology. It provides the functionality to detect all active spyware, with confidence, by monitoring what the active infection is doing. And, ALL spyware is doing something.
SpyWarn™ is not an entertainment app. It helps you conduct a serious spyware evaluation, and it does this better than any other app on the market.
EASY TO USE
Start by taking the SURVEY. This is the same survey developed by counterespionage consulting firm Murray Associates for use during paid consultations with their business and government clients.
If you don’t check, you won’t know. Download SpyWarn™.
As soon as you finish the SURVEY in SpyWarn™ a Preliminary Threat Level is computed based on your observations.
SpyWarn™ continues with automated enhanced testing of your phone’s internal processes. During this time, the Threat Level is refined based on the additional information being developed.
Special Feature: An EAVESDROPPING WARNING BANNER silently pops-up if spyware, or baseband hacking, activates your microphone and transmitter. This is a 100% indication of real-time eavesdropping using your phone as a bug.
Of course, legitimate phone calls will prompt the same warning. Smartphones are stupid. They can’t tell the difference between legitimate or illegitimate phone activation. So, only run SpyWarn™ when you are not making a phone call.
The ANALYSIS portion of the examination measures the key internal phone functions affected by spyware. The ANALYSIS and SURVEY results are then integrated to produce a Final Threat Level score. A HISTORY file is automatically maintained for future reference and trend spotting.
Should you determine your phone is infected, read the eBook, “Is My Cell Phone Bugged?” It is included FREE in SpyWarn™, and provides professional advice about what to do next.
If your phone is bugged, read about what to do next.
“Is My Cell Phone Bugged?”
(152 pages, $17.95 in hardcover, 4.3 star review on Amazon)
The fact-packed eBook version is included FREE in SpyWarn™.
SpyWarn™ is not just about detecting spyware, it is about regaining your privacy, and keeping snoops out of your life.
Additional topics covered include:
• GSM Bugs.
• Home cordless phones.
• Wireless headsets and the eavesdropping possibilities.
• Bluetooth bugging.
• Spyware, eavesdropping and general snooping precautions.
• U.S. Eavesdropping laws.
• Warning signs your smartphone is bugged with spyware.
• How your conversations get out in ways you don’t expect.
• Do-it-yourself cell phone forensics.
• Pre-bugged cell phones.
• Security advice for all smartphone users.
• and much more…
SpyWarn™ is an Android anti-spyware app based on the book, “Is My Cell Phone Bugged? Everything you need to know to keep your mobile communications private,” by Kevin D. Murray, CPP, CISM, CFE, MPSC
The SpyWarn protocol was originally created by Murray Associates for their business clients – who wanted to protect their top executives against spying. This simple-to-use forensic exam was designed to be used by anyone, had to fulfill the following requirements:
• No special skills should be necessary to use it.
• No special forensic tools should be required to make it work.
• Must allow anyone to make a quick and reasonable spyware evaluation.
• WARNING if live microphone eavesdropping occurs while testing.
• The owner must be able to conduct the test anytime, anyplace.
• No further assistance needed once the instructions have been read.
• Effectiveness should be immune to spyware and phone advancements.
• SpyWarn™ versions lower than 2.0 are no longer supported.
• Detailed instructions and definitions are included in the eBook and in information icons. They also appear here.
• Only you see the data SpyWarn™ collects; it never leaves your phone.
• Problems using SpyWarn™, or suggestions, please let us know.
• If SpyWarn™ helps you feel more secure, please help others by writing a positive review on Google Play. If you have a problem, contact us. Our 1-star reviews are mainly related to improper use. We will help you.
The SpyWarn™ Team