Salamandra Spy Microphone Detection Tool

Salamandra Spy Microphone Detection Tool

Salamandra is a tool to detect and locate spy microphones in closed environments. It find microphones based on the strength of the signal sent by the microphone and the amount of noise and overlapped frequencies. Based on the generated noise it can estimate how close or far away you are from the mic.

USB SDR Device

To use salamandra you nee to have a SDR (Software Define Radio) device. It can be any from the cheap USB devices, such as this.

rtl_power software

Salamandra needs the rtl_power software installed in your computer. To install it you can do:

  • On MacOS:sudo port install rtl-sdr

If you don’t have ports in your MAC, see port installation

If rtl_power was installed correctly, you should be able to run this command in any console:

rtl_test

And you should see one device detected.

Usage

Location Mode to find Hidden Microphones

  • Run salamandra with a threshold of 0, starting in the frequency 100MHz and ending in the frequency 200MHz. Search is activated with (-s). And make sounds (-S)./salamandra.py -t 0 -a 100 -b 200 -s -S

Location Mode from a stored rtl_power file

./salamandra.py -t 0 -a 111 -b 113 -s -f stored.csv

To actually create the file with rtl_power, from 111MHz to 114MHz, with 4000Khz step, gain of 25, integration of 1s and capturing for 5min, you can do:

rtl_power -f 111M:114M:4000Khz -g 25 -i 1 -e 300 stored.csv

Detection Mode (deprecated now). To detect microphones in one pass.

  • Run salamandra with a threshold of 0, starting in the frequency 100MHz and ending in the frequency 200MHz. Search is activated with (-s). And make sounds (-S)./salamandra.py -t 10.3 -a 100 -b 200 -F 2

Tips

  • The wider the range of frequencies selected, the longer the analysis takes.
  • The wider the range, the more probabilities to find mics
  • Once you know the prob freq you can narrow it down with the parameters
  • Separate the FP by
    • Sound generation
    • Discard the frequencies that do not look like analog audio (Equidistant freqs)

https://github.com/eldraco/Salamandra

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