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    An Ex-Hacker Has Shocked Millions Of People By Revealing Where And How Creepers Hide Hidden Cameras In Airbnbs And Hotels

    "If you hit a camera lens, it's going to give a blue-ish reflection."

    Marcus Hutchins is a security researcher who has been helping others feel safer by sharing industry secrets on social media.

    Recently, Marcus caught the attention of over 33.5 million people after he showed how you can spot hidden cameras in Airbnbs and hotels:


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    In his TikTok, he explains, "The first thing you're going to want to look for is devices conveniently placed where a creeper would want to lurk. Take this fire alarm, for instance, it's placed right above the bed..."

    A closeup of a smoke alarm, which has a red light and a small empty hole

    "One way to see if a device has a camera is to shine a bright light at it. If you hit a camera lens, it's going to give a blue-ish reflection. You can test this by shining a light at your phone and seeing how the camera looks when placed under a flashlight."

    The same smoke alarm, when a flashlight is shined on it, now has a small blue light where the empty hole was

    "Now, this clock is mirrored, but if we shine a bright light at it, we can see through the glass and see there's a camera there. This technique can also work on two-way mirrors."

    "The camera is USB charged, and the wall charger it's plugged into is actually also a camera. If we shine a light on it, you can see that little pinhole in the middle with the blue reflection, that is the camera lens."

    A closeup of a charger cord plugged into a wall, and you can see a tiny blue light above the cord

    "Night vision cameras use infrared LEDs to see and, if we turn off the lights and use the front-facing phone camera, we can actually see these LEDs. The front-facing camera is the only one that tends to work because the back-facing one has an IR filter."

    A completely black photo except for one small red light in the middle

    "Now, you can sort of see the infrared LEDs on this clock already, but if we cover up the main LED, we can actually see them a lot better."

    "You always wanna check any suspicious devices or holes that are facing the shower, dressing area, or the bed," he concluded.

    The smoke alarm, alarm clock, and charger box that the video used in the demonstration

    BuzzFeed spoke to Marcus, who said he staged the video as an example scenario for illustration purposes. "That situation is not something I have personally encountered," he said.

    Marcus plans to continue sharing his insider knowledge in a way that is understandable for people both inside and outside of the industry. So, if you want to learn more, you can follow him on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter!


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