The Counter-surveillance resource center is a searchable database of resources on evading targeted surveillance. We want to help anarchists and other rebels acquire a practical understanding of the surveillance threats they may face in their struggles and in their lives. We prefer resources that are easy to understand and written by friends.

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Topic - Hidden devices (14)
by Svart måne nummer Eld
"There are many guides out there that describe everything from the best ways of building timed incendiary devices, to dealing with DNA, to anti-forensic methods and how to secure digital information against search and seizure or government surveillance. Some of them are over forty years old, others are newer, some of them still hold up while others need updating. We thought it wouldn't hurt to have some suggestions, a brief "things to consider" article, that is reasonably up-to-date in regards to the enemy's methods. Some lessons and experiences combined with technical info but in a format that hopefully doesn't feel too rigid and authoritarian."
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(fr) Pour (essayer de) tenir les flics à distance
"Il existe de nombreux guides qui décrivent toutes sortes de choses, depuis les meilleurs moyens de fabriquer des engins incendiaires à retardement à la gestion des traces ADN, en passant par les techniques pour contrer la police scientifique et les manières de protéger des données numériques face aux perquisitions, aux saisies ou à la surveillance gouvernementale. Certains d'entre eux ont plus de quarante ans, d'autres sont plus récents, certains sont encore valables, d'autres doivent être mis à jour. Nous avons pensé que ça ne ferait pas de mal de rassembler quelques suggestions, un article pas trop long avec des "trucs à prendre en considération", qui soit raisonnablement en phase avec les méthodes de l'ennemi. Quelques leçons et expériences mélangées à des informations techniques, mais dans un format qui, nous l'espérons, ne soit pas trop rigide et autoritaire."
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(sv) Att (försöka) hålla snuten på avstånd
"Det finns många guider därute som beskriver alltifrån hur du bäst bygger tidsin-ställda brandbomber till hur du hanterar DNA, anti-forensiska metoder och hur du bäst säkrar digital information mot husrannsakan eller statlig övervakning. Vissa av dem är över fyrtio år gamla, andra är nyare, vissa av dem håller än medan andra behöver uppdateras. Vi tänkte att det inte skulle skada med ett litet förslag, en liten att-tänka-på-artikel, som ligger någorlunda i fas med fiendens metoder. Lite lärdomar och erfarenheter blandat med ren teknisk info men i ett format som förhoppningsvis inte känns alltför stelt och auktoritärt."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
DNA, Digital surveillance, Hidden devices, Security culture
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Text
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19 September 2021
"An evaluation of the observation and surveillance of the three anarchists convicted in the so-called "Parkbank trial"."
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(de) Observationen und andere Ärgernisse
"Eine Auswertung zu Observation und Überwachung gegen die drei im sogenanten „Parkbank-Verfahren“ veurteilten Anarchist_innen."
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(fr) Espionnages et autres désagréments
"Une analyse de la mise sous observation et de la surveillance des trois anarchistes condamné-e-s dans le dit « Procès du banc-public »."
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(it) Sulla sorveglianza e altre seccature
"Un’analisi delle tecniche di indagine e di sorveglianza utilizzate contro i tre compagni anarchici condannati nel caso "Parkbank"."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Digital surveillance, Hidden devices, Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
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Text
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3 September 2021
Warning from CSRC: we consider this resource to be partly outdated, but we think it can still be useful. Please take it with caution.
by Klaus-Henning Glitza
"Ein Observations-Handbuch für Privatdetektive ebenso wie Bullen, das an vielen Stellen ausführlich Strategien, sowie Ziele und Verhaltensregeln von Observant*innen beschreibt."
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State institution
Topics
Hidden devices, Physical surveillance
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Text
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21 July 2021
"Am 9. Mai 2007 durchsuchten Bundesanwaltschaft (BAW) und Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) zahlreiche Wohnungen und andere Räumlichkeiten in Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg und Land Brandenburg. Anlass war das Ermittlungsverfahren [...] der BAW gegen zuletzt 18 Personen wegen des Verdachts der Bildung einer terroristischen Vereinigung. Vorgeworfen werden dieser Vereinigung diverse v.a. Brandanschläge in den Regionen Hamburg und Berlin zwischen 2005 und 2007. Mitte Juni 2007 übermittelte die BAW im Rahmen der Akteneinsicht einen "Auszug" der Ermittlungsakten. Dies ist die Auswertung dieses "Auszugs"."
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Friends & other activists
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Digital surveillance, Hidden devices, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
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Text
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21 July 2021
by lunatics for system change
"Für eine Welt ohne Schlösser und Schranken und ein besseres Leben für alle!"
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Kapitel "Unsere eigene Sicherheit" in Prisma
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Friends & other activists
Topics
DNA, Fingerprints, Hidden devices, IMSI catchers, Mobile phones, Other physical traces, Video surveillance
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Text
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9 July 2021
by Amnesty International (amnesty.org)
"Activists in Belarus are subject to unchecked government surveillance with no independent oversight. The government uses telecoms companies to facilitate surveillance by demanding direct, remote-control access to customer communications and data. Against the background of an already restrictive legal environment, this creates a chilling effect that forces activists out of public life."
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(ru) Гражданское общество, секретность и слежка в Беларуси
"Правовая база, регулирующая порядок негласного наблюдения в Беларуси, характеризуется отсутствием соответствующих гарантий безопасности, и позволяет властям осуществлять широкомасштабную слежку практически без всякого обоснования. И хотя фактически любой человек может стать объектом слежки, почти невозможно узнать, ведётся ли за ним слежка сейчас, или она велась ранее. Подобная неопределённость оказывает сковывающий эффект на правозащитников, оппозиционных политиков, юристов и активистов, и ограничивает их возможности в реализации своих прав, в том числе права на неприкосновенность частной жизни, свободу объединений, свободу мирных собраний и свободу выражения мнений."
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Independent researchers
Topics
Digital surveillance, Hidden devices, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance
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Text
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7 May 2021
by Ears and Eyes
"These devices take different forms : microphones, cameras, geolocation devices. Targeted spaces can be all the spaces we go through : buildings, vehicles, public space. We noticed the lack of informations available around us concerning this kind of surveillance. What is the real use of these devices by intelligence agencies? Which kind of devices are used? In which contexts? How efficiently? What can we do to oppose this kind of surveillance?"
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(fr) Ears and eyes: à propos des dispositifs de surveillance cachés par les flics dans nos espaces de vie
"Les dispositifs en question sont variés : microphones, caméras, balises de localisation. Les espaces visés peuvent être tous les espaces qu’on traverse : bâtiments, véhicules, espace public. On a constaté le manque d’informations disponibles autour de nous sur ce type de surveillance. Quelle est l’utilisation réelle de ces dispositifs par les services de renseignement ? Quels types de dispositifs sont utilisés ? Dans quels contextes ? Avec quelle efficacité ? Quels moyens mettre en place pour contrer ce type de surveillance ?"
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Hidden devices, Video surveillance
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Other, Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org)
"Imagine that every time you printed a document it automatically included a secret code that could be used to identify the printer - and potentially the person who used it. Sounds like something from an episode of "Alias" right? Unfortunately the scenario isn't fictional. In a purported effort to identify counterfeiters the US government has succeeded in persuading some color laser printer manufacturers to encode each page with identifying information."
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Independent researchers
Topic
Hidden devices
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by Michael Schmidt / Andrea Müller
"Observation und Gegenobservation: Dieser Text behandelt ihre Möglichkeiten, Risiken und Gegenmaßnahmen; er basiert auf Recherchen, Erfahrungsberichten und Insiderinformationen sowie einigen wenigen Veröffentlichungen zu diesem Thema."
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Friends & other activists
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Automated license plate readers, Hidden devices, IMSI catchers, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
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Text
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7 May 2021
by Théorie du contexte (theorieducontexte.wordpress.com)
"Το παρακάτω κείµενο είναι µια προσπάθεια αποτύπωσης των μεθόδων που χρησιμοποιεί η αστυνομία για να παρακολουθήσει κινήσεις και ενέργειές µας ή για να δημιουργήσει ένα πεδίο πίεσης γύρω µας, καθώς και τακτικές που μπορούν να τις αναχαιτίσουν και να µας προστατέψουν."
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Στις σελίδες 6-10 του τρίτου τεύχους του περιοδικού "Théorie du contexte"
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Hidden devices, Physical surveillance
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Text
Date added
7 May 2021
"To je smyslem Černorudé příručky - podpořit v nás sebevědomí, zmenšit náš strach a zároveň přiložit další kámen do pevnosti s názvem bezpečnostní kultura. Nejde přitom jen o jednotlivce, důsledný musí být každý jeden z nás. Pokud všichni budeme pevní a důslední, pak se výrazně sníží riziko, že budeme chyceni a nakonec rozbiti jako celek."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
DNA, Digital surveillance, Direct action, Fingerprints, Hidden devices, Infiltrators and informants, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Security culture
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Text
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7 May 2021
"Security is vital to the success & survival of the resistance movement. This is because we have an enemy who actively works to undermine, neutralize, & ultimately destroy us. Failure to remain aware of security concerns can mean the difference between victory or defeat, freedom or imprisonment, life or death. Not only for yourself, but others around you."
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(es) Seguridad y Contra-Vigilancia: Información contra el estado policial
"La seguridad es vital para el triunfo y sobrevivencia del movimiento de resistencia. Esto es porque tenemos un enemigo que activamente trabaja en sabotearnos, neutralizarnos y finalmente destruirnos. Fallar en lo que a seguridad concierne puede ser la diferencia entre la victoria y la derrota, libertad o aprisionamiento, vida o muerte. No solo para ti mismo, sino también para los que te rodean."
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(it) Sicurezza & Contro-Sorveglianza: Informazione contro lo Stato di Polizia
"La sicurezza è vitale per il successo e la sopravvivenza dei movimenti di resistenza. Ciò è per il semplice motivo che abbiamo un nemico che lavora attivamente per ostacolarci, neutralizzarci e infine distruggerci. Non prestare attenzione riguardo a tutto ciò che concerne la sicurezza può determinare l’esito tra la vittoria e la sconfitta, tra la libertà e l’imprigionamento, tra la vita e la morte. Non solo per te stesso, ma per tutte le persone attorno a te."
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Friends & other activists
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Hidden devices, Infiltrators and informants, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
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Text
Date added
7 May 2021
"This project has been assembled to distribute much needed information about Security Culture throughout activist groups in Australia [...]. The intent is to spread awareness and share knowledge about why Security Culture is needed, and why it is imperative for all groups - regardless of tactics - to adopt stringent security awareness into their work."
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Friends & other activists
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Digital surveillance, Facial recognition, Hidden devices, Infiltrators and informants, Physical surveillance, Security culture, Video surveillance
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Text
Date added
7 May 2021
"Consejos para crear una cultura de seguridad y mantenernos lejos de las manos del estado."
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Friends & other activists
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Digital surveillance, Hidden devices, Mobile phones, Security culture
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Text
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7 May 2021