Sinha's bugging story
Sinha - bugged without her knowledge|
BBC news reader Dani
Sinha tells her side of the mobile phone bugging story.
She was the victim
of a high-tech stalker.
And the man who spied on her was one of her colleagues.
"It all began when a strange Scottish Producer
from Inside Out asked if Id be willing to take part in "an experiment".
"I really had no idea what I was getting involved in.
a little nervous as I couldnt help but notice that this new Producer already
had a picture of me as the screen-saver on his phone.
"To be honest,
that made me a bit uncomfortable.
"But, ever the professional, I
agreed to help out."
Q. What mobile phones are vulnerable
A. The spyware that Inside Out used to stalk BBC presenter
Dani Sinha is designed to work on mobile phones that use the Symbian operating
Q. Whats the legal position?
A. Whilst it is
legal to sell, buy and own spyware software, it is a criminal offence to intercept
someones texts or phone calls. Its punishable by up to two years in
Q. How can I tell if my mobile might be bugged?
It is impossible to see spyware software on your mobile. However, because the
spyware sends out secret text messages to the person spying on you, you should
become suspicious if your bills for text messages are much greater than the number
of texts you know youve actually sent.
Q Any tips to avoid being
A. Never leave your mobile phone unattended. For a start, its
likely to get stolen! But, more importantly, never accept a Bluetooth message
and install a program on your phone unless you know exactly what it is and who
Q. What should I do if I think someone is bugging my
A. The answers simple go to the Police! Bugging
your phone is a crime!
"A few days later, my new
Producer friend said he had a present for me a lovely new mobile phone.
"It was his way of saying thanks for agreeing to help him.
dear, perhaps Id misjudged the man from north of the border? I felt a tinge
"He then asked if a cameraman could follow me on one of my
"I didnt have to do anything special just go
about all my normal business.
"This "experiment" was going
to be easy and Id just pocketed a brand new £200 phone!
my day off arrived, the cameraman duly turned up and I decided to take it easy.
"After reading the morning papers, I lay about on my sofa texting
and phoning my friends and arranging to go out for a drink. And I have to say,
my new mobile worked like a treat.
"Towards the end of the day, the
Producer turned up and said everything was going well and the cameraman could
"Whatever he was up to, it appeared to be over.
he just had one last favour to ask - when I went to bed, he wondered if I could
say something out loud before going to sleep.
"OK, that sounded a
bit weird but at least the "experiment" was over."
"I simply cant describe how I felt
the next day when the Producer turned up on my doorstep and explained what the
"experiment" had all been about.
"My new mobile phone had
invisible spyware on it. And, as a result, the Producer had copies of every text
that Id sent on my day off and records of every one of my incoming and outgoing
"But what frightened me the most was the fact that
the spyware on my new mobile had turned it into a bugging device."
a woman, Im shocked that this type of software can be bought and sold on
the Internet. Ill certainly never let my mobile phone out of my sight."
"The Producer had a recording of every word
that Id said when I was alone in my bedroom.
"At this point,
he said that I didnt have to take part in his programme if I didnt
"But although I was shocked, I was even more determined that
what had happened to me wouldnt happen to any other woman.
I have one piece of advice to give: never let your mobile phone out of your sight
and NEVER accept a new phone from a total stranger..."
by Dani Sinha