INNOVATIONS

INNOVATIONS

1978

Murray Associates was the first TSCM firm with a published Operating Policy, and fixed Fee and Expense Schedule. Before this, practitioners either charged using unpredictable hourly fees, or flat-rates based on how much they thought they could charge. Some still do.

1978

Murray Associates was the first TSCM firm with a polygraph policy to circumvent the “plant a bug, grow more work” mentality which was rampant at the time. Upon our discovery of bugging, wiretapping, or other forms of eavesdropping, clients have always had the right to verify our findings.

1980

The US Government lifted secrecy and sales restrictions on the MicroLab/FXR Non Linear Junction Detector. Murray Associates was the first in the private sector to utilize this unusual instrument which detected bugs even if they were “off” or had dead batteries!

1987

Miniature television cameras with AM micro-transmitters (900 MHz frequency range) became a major threat. Murray Associates was the first countermeasures firm to purchase a spectrum analyzer (Tektronix 2710) capable of receiving and viewing these TV signals.

1988

Laser beam eavesdropping capture the media’s attention and cause our clients concern. In order to accurately assess the threat, Murray Associates built a laser beam eavesdropper. Our findings were very informative and put the threat into realistic perspective.

1989

Our client feedback system was established. From this date on, every assignment included a Quality Assurance Report card for the client. Our average Feedback Score is 9.4 out of a possible 10.

1992

We discover a small company selling 10 GHz transmitter kits for $29. Incredibly, the plans for adding audio capabilities and turning it into a bug cost only $2 more. Inspection of radio frequencies above 1.8 GHz was rare at the time. We immediately boosted our audit capabilities to 30+ GHz.

1997

Miniature television cameras with FM microtransmitters (2.4 GHz frequency range) become a major threat. Most “countermeasures” equipment couldn’t even see these signals.     Drawing together various technologies, Murray Associates created a system that is the next step in the evolution of spectrum analysis –  Radio-Reconnaissance Spectrum Analysis™.  

1999

New digital telephone systems are vulnerable to digital wiretaps and feature manipulation. Murray Associates develops a FFT technique to help detect these problems.    Also in 1999, Spybusters.com the Murray Associates website becomes the first Internet site to honor eavesdropping history makers.

2000

We begin experimenting with infrared thermal imaging technology in 1999. After a year of research, we purchased a $60,000.00 thermal imager and the Thermal Emissions Spectrum Analysis™ (TESA™) inspection technique is born.

2001

Wireless Local Area Networks become popular in many corporations and executive homes. So does inserting rogue wireless nodes into supposedly secure hard-wired systems. The threat… wireless wiretapping. Appropriate detection instrumentation is brought on board.

2002

VoIP telephony becomes the rage, offering more affordable calls. While irresistible to clients, these services were vulnerable to wiretapping, denial of service attacks, and theft of services. Murray Associates was the first in our field to research this communications “advancement,” and provide our clients with a safe migration strategy.

2003

At our clients’ request, Murray Associates established a local presence in the European Union.

2005

Sony releases the first price-practical ($6,000.) UV digital television camera. We experiment with bringing this major technical advancement it into it to our field. Evidence of electronic eavesdropping installations are viewed and documented with reflected and absorbed ultraviolet light.

2006

Continuing research into new sensing instrumentation, we invested approximately $40,000.00 in government-level new NLJD instrumentation for our clients. One of the most exciting capabilities of the new equipment is their ability to “hear” video cameras hidden within objects like clocks, radios, furniture, ceilings, etc.

2007

We are the first in the private sector to invest ($109,000.00) in a Real-Time Spectrum Analysis with DPX technology for our clients. DPX makes formerly invisible bug signals visible.

2008

A new Multifunction Digital Telephone Analyzer was released. We immediately upgraded, at a cost of $19,000.00. It combined the functions of multiple instruments into one unit. This made room for additional instrumentation in our kit and allowed the detection of digital voice leaks on phone lines.

2009

GSM bugs began flooding the Internet ‘spy shops’ and eBay for as little as $25.00. They are very difficult to locate as they are dormant when not actively being listened to. In response to client’s concerns, Murray Associates developed the Digital Surveillance Location Analyzer™ (DSLA™).

2010

Spyware on “smart” cell phones hit critical mass this year. Clients and website visitors asked for a solution. What began as an executive briefing turned into a book – “Is My Cell Phone Bugged?: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Mobile Conversations Private” is released in early 2011.

2010

Our staff completed – law enforcement oriented – cell phone forensics training, taught by the Chief Detective in charge of the Pennsylvania State Police Digital Forensics Lab at the time. Also our travel kit capabilities are upgraded with the acquisition of a 50 kHz to 24 GHz spectrum analyzer.

2011

“Is My Cell Phone Bugged?: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Mobile Conversations Private” was officially released June 1st. It received excellent reviews at amazon.com, and now has its own web site.
   Development of a Closed Country Protocol – a viable inspection protocol for conducting business counterespionage audits in China and Singapore.

2012

Is My Cell Phone Bugged?: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Mobile Conversations Private – becomes an app for Android operating system mobile smartphones. The free version of SpyWarn is available at Google Play.

2013

Electronic components continue to get smaller and standard non-linear junction detection was not keeping pace. When new technology became available, we were the first to offer its use to the private sector in the U.S.

2014

SpyWarn™ 2.0 the forensic spyware evaluation app for Android is publicly launched on Google Play. This is quickly followed by the SpyWarn™ Anti-Spyware Kit for Smartphones. This security hardware is exclusively available to Murray Associates clients, free of charge.

2015

Video voyeurism using covert spycams is a serious problem affecting individuals and organizations alike. Murray Associates creates Spycam Detection, an on-line training program. The course provides organizations with the basic security training necessary to mitigate video voyeurism risk for their employees and visitors.

2016

We introduced virtual reality into our electronic surveillance detection (TSCM) protocol. 360º degree photographic documentation of the sensitive areas we inspect assures we will detect subtle environmental changes during re-inspections.

The Future

We are working on it now.

1978

Murray Associates was the first TSCM firm with a published Operating Policy, and fixed Fee and Expense Schedule. Before this, practitioners either charged using unpredictable hourly fees, or flat-rates based on how much they thought they could charge. Some still do.

1978

Murray Associates was the first TSCM firm with a polygraph policy to circumvent the “plant a bug, grow more work” mentality which was rampant at the time. Upon our discovery of bugging, wiretapping, or other forms of eavesdropping, clients have always had the right to verify our findings.

1980

The US Government lifted secrecy and sales restrictions on the MicroLab/FXR Non Linear Junction Detector. Murray Associates was the first in the private sector to utilize this unusual instrument which detected bugs even if they were “off” or had dead batteries!

1987

Miniature television cameras with AM micro-transmitters (900 MHz frequency range) became a major threat. Murray Associates was the first countermeasures firm to purchase a spectrum analyzer (Tektronix 2710) capable of receiving and viewing these TV signals.

1988

Laser beam eavesdropping capture the media’s attention and cause our clients concern. In order to accurately assess the threat, Murray Associates built a laser beam eavesdropper. Our findings were very informative and put the threat into realistic perspective.

1989

Our client feedback system was established. From this date on, every assignment included a Quality Assurance Report card for the client. Our average Feedback Score is 9.4 out of a possible 10.

1992

We discover a small company selling 10 GHz transmitter kits for $29. Incredibly, the plans for adding audio capabilities and turning it into a bug cost only $2 more. Inspection of radio frequencies above 1.8 GHz was rare at the time. We immediately boosted our audit capabilities to 30+ GHz.

1997

Miniature television cameras with FM microtransmitters (2.4 GHz frequency range) become a major threat. Most “countermeasures” equipment couldn’t even see these signals.     Drawing together various technologies, Murray Associates created a system that is the next step in the evolution of spectrum analysis –  Radio-Reconnaissance Spectrum Analysis™.  

1999

New digital telephone systems are vulnerable to digital wiretaps and feature manipulation. Murray Associates develops a FFT technique to help detect these problems.    Also in 1999, Spybusters.com the Murray Associates website becomes the first Internet site to honor eavesdropping history makers.

2000

We begin experimenting with infrared thermal imaging technology in 1999. After a year of research, we purchased a $60,000.00 thermal imager and the Thermal Emissions Spectrum Analysis™ (TESA™) inspection technique is born.

2001

Wireless Local Area Networks become popular in many corporations and executive homes. So does inserting rogue wireless nodes into supposedly secure hard-wired systems. The threat… wireless wiretapping. Appropriate detection instrumentation is brought on board.

2002

VoIP telephony becomes the rage, offering more affordable calls. While irresistible to clients, these services were vulnerable to wiretapping, denial of service attacks, and theft of services. Murray Associates was the first in our field to research this communications “advancement,” and provide our clients with a safe migration strategy.

2003

At our clients’ request, Murray Associates established a local presence in the European Union.

2005

Sony releases the first price-practical ($6,000.) UV digital television camera. We experiment with bringing this major technical advancement it into it to our field. Evidence of electronic eavesdropping installations are viewed and documented with reflected and absorbed ultraviolet light.

2006

Continuing research into new sensing instrumentation, we invested approximately $40,000.00 in government-level new NLJD instrumentation for our clients. One of the most exciting capabilities of the new equipment is their ability to “hear” video cameras hidden within objects like clocks, radios, furniture, ceilings, etc.

2007

We are the first in the private sector to invest ($109,000.00) in a Real-Time Spectrum Analysis with DPX technology for our clients. DPX makes formerly invisible bug signals visible.

2008

A new Multifunction Digital Telephone Analyzer was released. We immediately upgraded, at a cost of $19,000.00. It combined the functions of multiple instruments into one unit. This made room for additional instrumentation in our kit and allowed the detection of digital voice leaks on phone lines.

2009

GSM bugs began flooding the Internet ‘spy shops’ and eBay for as little as $25.00. They are very difficult to locate as they are dormant when not actively being listened to. In response to client’s concerns, Murray Associates developed the Digital Surveillance Location Analyzer™ (DSLA™).

2010

Spyware on “smart” cell phones hit critical mass this year. Clients and website visitors asked for a solution. What began as an executive briefing turned into a book – “Is My Cell Phone Bugged?: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Mobile Conversations Private” is released in early 2011.

2010

Our staff completed – law enforcement oriented – cell phone forensics training, taught by the Chief Detective in charge of the Pennsylvania State Police Digital Forensics Lab at the time. Also our travel kit capabilities are upgraded with the acquisition of a 50 kHz to 24 GHz spectrum analyzer.

2011

“Is My Cell Phone Bugged?: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Mobile Conversations Private” was officially released June 1st. It received excellent reviews at amazon.com, and now has its own web site.
   Development of a Closed Country Protocol – a viable inspection protocol for conducting business counterespionage audits in China and Singapore.

2012

Is My Cell Phone Bugged?: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Mobile Conversations Private – becomes an app for Android operating system mobile smartphones. The free version of SpyWarn is available at Google Play.

2013

Electronic components continue to get smaller and standard non-linear junction detection was not keeping pace. When new technology became available, we were the first to offer its use to the private sector in the U.S.

2014

SpyWarn™ 2.0 the forensic spyware evaluation app for Android is publicly launched on Google Play. This is quickly followed by the SpyWarn™ Anti-Spyware Kit for Smartphones. This security hardware is exclusively available to Murray Associates clients, free of charge.

2015

Video voyeurism using covert spycams is a serious problem affecting individuals and organizations alike. Murray Associates creates Spycam Detection, an on-line training program. The course provides organizations with the basic security training necessary to mitigate video voyeurism risk for their employees and visitors.

2016

We introduced virtual reality into our electronic surveillance detection (TSCM) protocol. 360º degree photographic documentation of the sensitive areas we inspect assures we will detect subtle environmental changes during re-inspections.

The Future

We are working on it now.

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