Man explains how to spot hidden cameras in Airbnbs in viral video
A self-described former hacker and cybersecurity educator created a viral TikTok video showing users how to spot hidden cameras inside Airbnbs.
In a video that has been viewed more than 11 million times, TikTok user Marcus Hutchins this week shared tips for identifying the tiny cameras hidden inside fire alarms, clocks and USB chargers.
To do this, Hutchins recommends first shining a bright light on any suspicious device and looking for electronic devices placed in areas that could be ideally placed for espionage.
“The first thing you’re going to want to look for are devices that are conveniently placed where a creeper would want to look,” Hutchins begins, noting that a fire alarm placed just above a bed could be a problem. common place to hide a recorder.
“One way to tell if the device is a camera is to shine a bright light on it. If you hit the lens of a camera, it will give a bluish sheen, ”he says.
Hutchins recommends lighting up your phone to see what a camera might look like when placed under a flashlight. This trick also works for devices that may appear mirrored, such as alarm clocks, he adds.
To detect night vision cameras, Hutchins recommends turning off lights and using a smartphone’s front camera to identify infrared LEDs.
“The front camera is the only one that tends to work because the rear facing one has an infrared filter,” explains Hutchins.
“I wouldn’t rely on this method because people don’t usually shower in the dark, so if they put cameras in the bathroom they probably aren’t going to bother with the night vision,” he also said.
Hutchins then demonstrates how small a hidden camera lens can be, while also explaining that it can be placed in “anything, even a hole in the wall”.
“You’re going to want to check out any suspicious fixtures or holes that face the shower, walk-in closet, or bed,” he adds.
During the last years, Airbnb and other hotel companies have received Alarming reports of cameras found inside rental properties. According to Airbnb company policies, “intentionally concealed recording devices (such as hidden security cameras) are never allowed,” as are recording devices found in private spaces such as bedrooms or bathrooms. bathrooms.
“When we are made aware of a report, we permanently ban the wrong actor from our platform, fully support those affected and work with law enforcement to ensure justice is served,” the spokesperson said previously. word of Airbnb, Jeff Henry. News week. “Cameras are never allowed in bathrooms or bedrooms. All other cameras must be properly disclosed to guests in advance.
Keith Roberts, a technician Advanced scan, a company that detects bugs for individuals and businesses, said The independent this week that the number of hidden cameras his company has found has increased over the past few years.
“Cameras and eavesdropping devices are much more common these days. There was a select market and you had to know someone to have one. They are much easier to buy now – anyone can buy them off the shelf Amazon or Ebay, ”he told the outlet.
Roberts recommends that travelers take extra precautions to check common items, such as the spines of books, mirrors, light bulbs, and houseplants for a hidden recording device.
“You have to be vigilant about the likelihood of a possibility,” Roberts said. “There are bad people in the world. “