posted on Jan, 11 2007 @ 07:30 PM
The U.S. Defense Department has issued a warning to American contractors about a new espionage ploy. On at least 3 occasions, coins were found on
contractors that contained tiny radio transmitters. The coins were discovered between October 2005 and January 2006. Experts feel that the
transmitters could be used to track the locations of people carrying them. It is not clear at this time who or why planted the coins on the
contractors who all had security clearances.
WASHINGTON - Money talks, but can it also follow your movements?
In a U.S. government warning high on the creepiness scale, the Defense Department cautioned its American contractors over what it described as a new
espionage threat: Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters hidden inside.
The government said the mysterious coins were found planted on U.S. contractors with classified security clearances on at least three separate
occasions between October 2005 and January 2006 as the contractors traveled through Canada.
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Its actually a clever ploy. Coins are common and everybody carries them without much thought. Just think about how much spare change lurks in your
car? Its far easier than bugging other items. However, coins could just as quickly be used or dropped off, but if you plant a lot of them you may have
more luck. Clever or not, how much intelligence could you get from charting contractors movements? I mean I could tell you spent a lot of time at the
Skunk Works but not what you are doing. You may be able to tell what agency controls something and that might be useful. Wonder if it was a US
operation gone bad??
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[edit on 1-11-2007 by worldwatcher]