Does The FBI Really Use Surveillance Vans With WiFi SSIDs Saying 'FBI_SURVEILLANCE_VAN'?

from the not-sure-i-believe-it... dept

Danny was the first of a few of you to send in variations on the story of Tampa police arresting a teenager, Jared Cano, for allegedly plotting to blow up a local high school. The police were apparently tipped off by someone. However, what resulted in the submission is the note in the article about a posting on Cano's Facebook page from a few days ago, in which he claims that he saw an SSID for "FBI_SURVEILLANCE VAN":
This is leading lots of people to ask just how stupid the FBI is for having such an SSID. The thing is... I doubt this is really true. There's no confirmation of it other than this kid saying it, and it doesn't sound like it was the FBI who investigated and arrested him in the first place. And while we've certainly seen the FBI do some crazy and clueless things at times over the years, I have a hard time believing that anyone there would ever be so clueless as to set up an open WiFi with that SSID.


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    Gabriel Tane (profile), Aug 18th, 2011 @ 12:37pm

    inb4: another Maznick headline full of hype and misleadyness aimed at getting more traffic.

    I LOLed at this. I wonder if that would make it to Failbook.

     

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    Donnicton, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 12:38pm

    It was actually a TSA access point, cleverly named FBI_SURVEILLANCE_VAN in order to catch terrorists. And then revoke their drivers' licenses.


    Only a terrorist would question why that wireless access point was there.

     

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      camero, Jun 22nd, 2013 @ 6:38am

      Response to: Donnicton on Aug 18th, 2011 @ 12:38pm

      Fbi screw us over everyday. They have been after my friend frank the bank ackerfor years. ThThey domt know the first thing about messing with the mafia. My house is on the top security with top surveillance. I am alarmed a footstep is even made out side the propert with is .78 miles away from my u derground home.

       

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      Ann, Feb 4th, 2014 @ 11:19am

      Response to: Donnicton on Aug 18th, 2011 @ 12:38pm

      There's a service van at the motel I'm at now...says ( talk more). I've googled but can't find a company... any body?

       

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      "justin case", Apr 5th, 2014 @ 6:31pm

      Re:

      Stop all the pussy footing around with "here is what I want to say, but I'm such a dick fuck stick I'm too ignorant to know I'm a fuck stick, which means I'm BRILLIANT in my own eyes kinda Guy, would REALLY WANT TO SAY CURIOSITY CAN BE AT BLAME....someones little sister, 14 yrs old, curious, is inquisitive and likes Google, who just so happens to raise this the same? means she is labeled as....hUMMPH!!! your a liar. fuck off, and if your not lying, find another hobby other than carrying the act of what you accuse innocent people of being.

       

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    Jake, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 12:40pm

    Well, now I know what I'm calling my home network.

    And has English language teaching in the US really deteriorated to the point where teenagers are no longer capable of spelling the word "fuck" correctly?

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Aug 18th, 2011 @ 12:42pm

    Old Joke

    Hmmm... This was on august 8th and the FB post was on august 14th. Coincidence, causality, or are the FBI actually that stupid?

     

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    DandonTRJ (profile), Aug 18th, 2011 @ 12:51pm

    Osama bin Laden might still be alive if he'd noticed the SEAL_TEAM_6 network near his compound sooner.

     

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    Armin, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 12:51pm

    New ideas for SSID?

    I think I'm going to change mine to:

    - ALIEN_SPACESHIP
    - INTELLIGENCE_MONITORING_STATION
    - APOLLO_11

    or something along those lines...

     

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    A Dan (profile), Aug 18th, 2011 @ 12:51pm

    Not necessarily open

    Technically, it wouldn't have to be an open AP, it would just have to be broadcasting for you to see it. Most people don't turn off broadcasting SSID, even if they secure their routers.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 12:53pm

    FBI_SURVEILLANCE_VAN_3 might be believable, they probably have more than one...

     

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      Alicia, Oct 30th, 2013 @ 6:59pm

      Response to: Anonymous Coward on Aug 18th, 2011 @ 12:53pm

      Actually, in my neighborhood for awhile, 6 days a week, I had something pop up on my iPhone's wifi that said EXACT SAME THING: FBI Surveillance Van. That was a couple months ago. Just the other day, driving down a main road there popped up a wifi SSID that said FBI Surveillance Van 4. All I know is they are LOCKED, and creeping the FUCK out of me, which is why I googled it & found this. It'd appear YES.....the FBI is THAT STUPID! I just want to know wth is going on!!!

       

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    cryptozoologist (profile), Aug 18th, 2011 @ 12:56pm

    my favorite tongue in cheek ssid...

    WE_CAN_HEAR_YOU_HAVING_SEX

     

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    Varsil (profile), Aug 18th, 2011 @ 12:56pm

    Seen this repeatedly...

    I've seen a number of "FBI (whatever)" SSIDs.

    I'm in Canada. The FBI has neither jurisdiction nor presence here.

    It's just people name their access points random things. When I lived in an apartment the crack dealer on the second floor (I think, anyway--the SSID went away when he moved) had his named "Secret Service", and another person had one named "Playboy Mansion". I'm also pretty sure that there was no Playboy Mansion in that neighbourhood.

     

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    Charles (profile), Aug 18th, 2011 @ 12:57pm

    They wouldn't make that mistake

    After all, we all know how tech savvy our federal government is. With such great network security (as shown by its lack of leaks, or other technical mishaps) they wouldn't due something that obvious.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 1:13pm

    But he used his real name, so it must be true - just like the image of the "kill the atheists" comments that nobody can find the original thread for.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 1:18pm

    Some one's funning. My Droid's bluetooth name is "DEA Surveillance Van 14b"

     

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    spacepirate, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 1:19pm

    omg

    I've set up more than one friends wifi with 'fbi surveillance van' ssid's - I think i saw it on collegehumor or something, thought it was funny.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 1:20pm

    Am i the only one who names my networks things like "nsa honeypot"?

     

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    Lord Binky, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 1:20pm

    It wasn't meant to stay there....

    They guy that installed it, left it as a joke. Who would have guessed that being conspicuously inconspicuous actually lowers peoples guards....

     

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    rww, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 1:23pm

    Perhaps not confirmation, but...

    This has been around for a few months now. So, although not proof, there are other similar sightings of silly SSID's.
    FBI VAN2 and FBI_VAN2-guest are frequently seen at my favorite resturant. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rojer/6057178538/in/photostream

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Sep 30th, 2012 @ 11:41pm

      Re: Perhaps not confirmation, but...

      We've had an older van in front of our duplex two nights in a row now.the van left this morning and the MobileSurveillanceFBI wifi left then returned with it tonight. I'm not paranoid and have nothing to fear but it is strange. We had a motercycle stollen two weeks ago. I'd like to think they're keeping an eye on that if anything. Lol

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 11th, 2013 @ 10:52pm

        Re: Re: Perhaps not confirmation, but...

        Fbi doesn't normally get involved in grand theft auto cases.... your MobileSurveilanceFBI is more likely to be Anonymous (as in 'we do not forget, we do not forgive', not simple an unidentified individual).... or some other hacker group that may or may not be allied with Anonymous

         

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      Anonymous Coward, Sep 30th, 2012 @ 11:56pm

      Re: Perhaps not confirmation, but...

      We've had an older van in front of our duplex two nights in a row now.the van left this morning and the MobileSurveillanceFBI wifi left then returned with it tonight. I'm not paranoid and have nothing to fear but it is strange. We had a motercycle stollen two weeks ago. I'd like to think they're keeping an eye on that if anything. Lol

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 1:23pm

    Mine is:

    MIKE_MASNICK_REACHES_AGAIN

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 1:27pm

    There was a posting on Gizmodo about a year ago with people using that as their SSID. I changed mine to it for awhile after I read the posting.

     

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    paul, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 1:53pm

    facepalm.

     

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    John D (profile), Aug 18th, 2011 @ 1:53pm

    I had two neighbors in an old apartment complex trade insults over SSIDs. It was quite entertaining.

     

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    Dwayne, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 2:15pm

    My home WIFI is called "Police Surveillance Van" and I noticed the other day a police car sat outside my house for about 30 minutes, just sitting in their car. I think my crazy neighbour called them, haha.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 2:23pm

    Sigh. Everyone knows the FBI wouldn't use that as their SSID.

    Theirs is "4CHAN_PARTY_VAN"

     

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      dfed (profile), Aug 18th, 2011 @ 2:24pm

      Re:

      DOH!

      Forgot to sign in again.

       

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      trent, Nov 10th, 2012 @ 6:20am

      Response to: Anonymous Coward on Aug 18th, 2011 @ 2:23pm

      No, not Everyone knows that. Mine is name FBI surveillance. Operation for my cell phones wi-Fi hotspots. I work at a restaurant. And I have people ask me All The Time if we are really under actual surveillance. It's hilarious!

       

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    Onnala (profile), Aug 18th, 2011 @ 2:26pm

    Oddly enough, you can name your own SSID anything you want... and among the geek 1337 crowd it isn't uncommon to name the outward facing SSID something like this. Or things like, pussyforhire, GOV_URBAN_SILO_127, FBI_SAFEHOUSE_127, CHURCH_OF_SATAN_WIFI, and so on. Just to troll people that look at SSID names.

     

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    freak (profile), Aug 18th, 2011 @ 3:03pm

    My favourites:

    (.)(.)
    XCKD341

    And 4 that popped up in my neighbourhood in this sequence:
    HALLSWIRELESS
    NOTHALLSWIRELESS
    NOTNOTHALLSWIRELESS
    DOESTHATMAKEITHALLSWIRELESS

     

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    fb39ca4 (profile), Aug 18th, 2011 @ 3:10pm

    Yes, they do show up as that.

    My ipod touch tried to connect to one of those once.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 3:18pm

    I've used these:
    -NO_SIGNAL
    -HOST_NOT_FOUND

    Or my personal favorite:
    -I_CAN_READ_YOUR_EMAILS

     

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    HMTKSteve, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 4:09pm

    SSID

    I have long used law enforcement sounding names when setting up routers and access points. For the most part I find that it tends to deter people from trying to hack their way in.

     

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    James (profile), Aug 18th, 2011 @ 6:51pm

    Jks!

    "FBI Surveillance Van", and other similar variations are common joke wifi names.

    I live in Australia, and I have a few around me called "AFP Surveillance Van" and "Virus Downloading" etc etc

    Wouldn't read much into this.

     

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    fb39ca4, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 6:59pm

    It would be a fun project to have an open wifi and have any computers with mac addresses not your own get redirected to fake websites that download viruses onto their computer.

     

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    EIA, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 7:54pm

    Probably not, but..

    They might have something like "Kiddie Funhouse", or "Free Wifi for Political Bloggers".

     

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    Daemon_zogg, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 9:51pm

    "..Surveillance Vans With WiFi SSIDs Saying 'FBI_SURVEILLANCE_VAN.."

    I'm tempted to set up a wireless OpenSource honeypot server with that SSID just for fun. Fake the OS fingerprint. Spoof the IP and MAC. The data collected over a 6 month period would be interesting to say the least. And the answer to the next question is NO. I refuse to share the data with law enforcement. It will be for my own amusement. And only then, I will share the details exclusively with open-source and bit-torrent communities for security research. Screw DHS! God-Damn secret police bastards. I hate those over-funded bungholes! Only thing they're missing are the StormTrooper Nazi Helmets. ;P

     

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    Daemon_ZOGG, Aug 18th, 2011 @ 10:01pm

    "..Surveillance Vans With WiFi SSIDs Saying 'FBI_SURVEILLANCE_VAN.."

    And yes! FBI and DHS are the same. Just differently funded corporate agencies under the same fu**ing umbrella. I miss the days when we only had to deal with just the FBI. Now it's DHS, NSA, CIA, and every other friggen letter in the English alphabet. Democracy, the original US Constitution with the bill of rights I love. The people currently running the so called US democracy need to be fired and prevented from ever consorting or participating in government for the rest of their bribe-taking, sorry ass lives. };P

     

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      Harold, Sep 1st, 2011 @ 11:23am

      Re: "..Surveillance Vans With WiFi SSIDs Saying 'FBI_SURVEILLANCE_VAN.."

      There's our problem ... the Constitution set up a Republic (Thus, Ben Franklin's famous quote, A Republic, if you can keep it. and the pledge of allegiance ..."to the Republic for which it stands")... but the corrupt power-mongers have dummied us down to believe that we are supposed to be a Democracy. Rome fell when it evolved from a Republic to a Democracy!
      However, I completely agree that the corrupt, unconstitutional gov't that now rules goes out of its way to be a tyrannical police state!!!

       

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    Robert Wright, Aug 19th, 2011 @ 7:06am

    Scary WiFi Names

    I wrote an article on this subjest this year. These are just names people make up for thier access points to scare people away. The FBI do not broadcast the SSID of the access points they use. So no it is not the FBI.
    Please read my article HERE
    http://www.ufofreebandclub.com/blog/?p=1193

     

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    wvhillbilly (profile), Aug 19th, 2011 @ 6:05pm

    Surveillance van

    I remember one night several weeks ago I was attempting to set up a wi-fi connection to a computer in the far end of the house from where the router is, and as I was trying to connect with the router I noticed several names, including the one for our router, and among them was one for "wi-fi surveillance van." I checked a few minutes later and the surveillance van was gone.

    Incidentally, I never did get the connection to work properly, apparently I was out of range of the router. I ended up going back to Ethernet.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 28th, 2011 @ 12:42pm

    Change mac address before connecting to ANY access point.

     

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    Harold, Sep 1st, 2011 @ 11:05am

    FBI survelliance w/ WIFI

    Just got a screen shot from a friend of mine that shows FBI Van #189 as the only other WIFI selection besides his home connection. He lives out in the boonies with the next closest house a few miles away. REALLY? You tell me!

     

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    chad, Sep 12th, 2011 @ 10:03pm

    f.b.i ssid

    i have sat outside on my laptop alot. and tonight i come out and there is a f.b.i surveillance on my wifi. never has been there before. kind of freaks me out. course i am not doing anything illegal. but still makes me wonder why big brother is watching and who they are watching.

     

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    dragonis, Sep 30th, 2011 @ 8:18pm

    hmm?

    FBI Surveillance Van ID 9429, that ssid is in my wifi list, very strange indeed, never seen it before on the list.

     

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    dragonis, Sep 30th, 2011 @ 8:20pm

    hmm?

    FBI Surveillance Van ID 9429, that ssid is in my wifi list, very strange indeed, never seen it before on the list.

     

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    Big Boi 79, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 2:13pm

    Found an Fbi Surveillance van on my Wireless list

    HEHE. I was checking the list of Wirless networks on my netbook at home. I was surprised that one of them was named FBI Surveillance Van ID ####. It was security enabled so I guess I can join it not that I would want to. but it did kinda freek me out. I have noticed large vans on my block from time to time.

     

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    big boi 795, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 2:21pm

    to the poster two posts above, I have the same exact wifi name on my list Fbi Surveillance van ID 9429. Man the fact that yours has the same ID # as mine is even freakier. And I also posted above but made an error, I said it was security enabled but I can't join it not can. So this is just plain Weird.

     

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    sharon mckenzie, Oct 10th, 2011 @ 3:47am

    I WALKED AROUND WITH LAPTOP TILL I GOT FIVE BARS IN FRONT OF THIS HOUSE

     

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    Ed H, Nov 6th, 2011 @ 1:58pm

    I'd report it to the police and say some1 was impersonating a federal agent

     

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    Coleman from the streets, Dec 1st, 2011 @ 12:01am

    HAPPEND 2 ME

    Just happend to me mine was called CSIS Surveillance Van #2 please someone find out wtf this is

     

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    jr, Dec 15th, 2011 @ 11:36pm

    hey

    hard to believe but i do because yesterday i try to connect to my wifi and it came up saying swat van 1 w,e that may be i was like wtf is that on their for after one day it dissaper but kinda awkard

     

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    gamer60634, Feb 14th, 2012 @ 2:58am

    my network name

    i have named mine kgb drop box after seeing fbi surveillance van i thought it would be kinda funny

    i could have named it the porn shack or something really crude like Jewish soap factory

     

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    rob, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 1:00am

    I saw the fbi surveillance van for a wifi network today..I laughed.

     

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    Jaime G., Mar 11th, 2012 @ 9:18pm

    Hmmm

    Things make me say Hmmmm every day when I'm out in Public....Big Brother Watching. It's a post 9/11 world after all.

     

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    blunt inspired, Mar 16th, 2012 @ 10:00am

    i call bull shit..

    listen people.. common sence should tell you that the SSDI-FBI SURVALENCE VAN IS JUST SOME RANDOM PERSON WHO MADE IT,IT IS NOT THE FBI FOR REAL.THINK ABOUT IT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS NOT GOING TO OPENLY AND PUBLICLY LOG ON TO THE INTERNET ON A UNSECURE NETWORK.IF THEY WERE DOING SURVALENCE YOU WOULD NOT KNOW ABOUT IT

     

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    No Way, Jun 7th, 2012 @ 5:06pm

    FBI Survaillance Vans

    I have seen it while living in the middle of nowhere in Michigan, again in Florida and now today in Michigan again in a totally different city. I think this is real. 'FBI Surveillance Van #3', 'CIA Net' etc. 3 times in 2 different cities, same format, same look. This sh*t is real brothers.

     

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    anonymous coward 2, Aug 16th, 2012 @ 8:12pm

    totally smart moves

    I have seen fbi surveillance van and similar SSID's, I name mine something that clearly states my intentions towards an intruder....LULZ....as in I'll get great LULZ from punishing any network offender, though it's secured with wpa2 enterprise and MAC addy specific, so there will be no entry by unauthorized persons, though I still enjoy know anyone who even looks at it will get a chill if they know whats good for them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 6th, 2012 @ 2:11pm

    i just bought a Verizon mifi off of ebay and the newtowb is name FBI Surveillance Van #12...trippy...well today I changed the network name and what do ya know the SSID is the same thing. I do not like it.

     

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    Andy, Sep 22nd, 2012 @ 8:26pm

    While this too is an anecdote, I too have seen "FBI Surveillance Van 2" while at work in Austin, TX. In fact, it was so bizarre, and because I suspected it was a hoax, it prompted to search the web. To my astonishment, I not only found this but several pages of the same. Never, ever discount the idiocy of the gov't. Way to blow your cover

     

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    Will R., Sep 24th, 2012 @ 3:47pm

    Its real.

    http://i50.tinypic.com/30cooxx.png

    Police_Surveillance_Van3 popped up on my connections (leading me to Google this)

    The only reason I care is because I may or may not have torrented photoshop (For finishing classwork in my computers class) and the next morning that popped up. Needless to say I DELETED the file, and everything.

     

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    margen, Oct 4th, 2012 @ 10:53am

    Reply: also

    this has occurred serveral times at many locations it pops up and then vanishes. but only when u try to add a wireless device. the system shows it as locked. If it is them then they are being smart to put out there that it is spoofing and that you are not to believe it. this would allow them to hijack and listen in with everyone ignoring it.

     

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    alan, Nov 9th, 2012 @ 12:23am

    i got it

    i see the fbi wifi here in deltona what is up

     

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    richard (profile), Dec 13th, 2012 @ 8:20am

    You know what is funny I saw this same ssid out side my house a few months ago

     

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    beth, Dec 16th, 2012 @ 11:48pm

    FBI surveillance

    Got new computer with windows 8, at CA airport picked up "FBI surveillance van #37" and then when at home in another state, got a local le surveillance wifi ..... ????????????

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 27th, 2012 @ 11:25pm

    Haha hell naw mine network is called dea surveillance nd the neighbors be calling saying watch out for the feds

     

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    mrwiseguy, Jan 7th, 2013 @ 12:38pm

    I understand fbi whatever being an access point. However its only around every so often.

     

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    detro, Jan 17th, 2013 @ 10:24am

    Dunno, might be true

    I have found this AP with different SSIDs again and again, though each one was at a Voting location, the other the site of a drug raid. I think they are that dumb.

     

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    Dstevens24, Jan 18th, 2013 @ 9:24am

    ssid name listed as FBI on my wireless

    Ok so a few days ago I noticed on my wireless network a few more ssid listed, one of them shocked me it just was listed as
    FBIsurveillance ...it has popped up on and off different hours of the day. Also noticed a lot more traffic around my neighborhood , unfamiliar vehicles just cruising by...
    Should I be worried ?
    I took a picture of the ssid name and the people I've shown are baffled

     

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    dana, Jan 21st, 2013 @ 9:05pm

    okay its happening to me.. fbi surveillance on my network

    is this for real or a joke?? how do i find ouyt???

     

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    Black Hat Linux, Feb 9th, 2013 @ 5:26am

    FBI SURVEILLANCE VAN SSID

    It's real. I first noticed this phenomenon when I moved to Los Angeles about a year and a half ago... I war trying to jump online to check email at a friends house and saw it listed as an access point and thought it was hilarious. a few weeks later in a completely different part of town I saw another and thought it was a funny coincidence. After that I started noticing that no matter where I went in Los Angeles County or Orange County there was an FBI SV access point. my day job is internet security so I looked into it, made a few calls and found out that it is real and the only reason they use such an obvious name is for legal purposes so as to claim that their acknowledgement/advertisement of their presence constitutes one part of their legal argument for their right to sniff traffic, since anyone who tries to connect to the and sees this ssid should no longer have any "expectation of privacy"... Or some such nightmarish Orwellian double-speak authoritarian bullshit. Go to my website people. use encryption. good encryption. use proxy servers. use Tor. use Blackhat Linux. learn some shit. and, above all... JUST ASSUME THEY ARE ATTEMPTING (probably successfully) TO WATCH EVERYTHING.

     

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      StygianAgenda, Mar 14th, 2013 @ 2:29pm

      Re: FBI SURVEILLANCE VAN SSID

      I think you're right, because I started seeing the same thing around my neighborhood, and as I checked out the signal on an analyser, the traffic patterns didn't match any known consumer WAP-type-device I've seen in the last 30 years that I've worked with this sort of thing.

      I'm going to be keeping an eye out for this SSID, and if I see it again, it'll be time to sniff them out, or maybe call in a different team of feds, saying "there are these middle eastern guys hanging out in a van across from my building... I think I heard them say something about an explosion!". It'll be 2 minutes before the area is crawling with LEAs.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 16th, 2013 @ 8:36pm

    We live in a very sad time

     

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    Stupid Junkie, Mar 23rd, 2013 @ 2:54pm

    It's not what you think

    I'll be brief because the fact is its quicker. This isn't - as in Is NOT - the FBI or other law enforcement, or any government body or similar. But you should Worry a great deal if these Pop up on your wifi. You really should.
    Maybe a few people name their wifi to try scare people or for a laugh.
    But let me ask you does it appear and diss appear periodically, are there other "funny" or "strange" wifi names around? Do they do the same? Like maybe if you analyzed it, and looked at the graph they go from 0 to peak very briefly and then back down to 0 again, periodically? And always weak, no matter how much you move or try locate them?
    Almost like its just one signal cycling throug fake macs and fake names. Like when one drops to 0 another suddenly peaks. Or maybe like none of it exists external to your device at all. Like maybe there's some other network activity or "APs" that is far more something you should be wary of - because you are already under total scrutiny, have not had any privacy for some time, are being monitored and having your online prescence manipulated by someone else. And worse. Maybe it's just for their own entertainment, maybe they don't like you, maybe there's a goal it doesn't matter. But - there is one person or a number of persons living close by who are involved, and you can remove the power they have in every tech aspect that way. Even a team of security or penetration experts is not expert at everything. And a godlike tech master generally is less good at being physically manipulated, if you have to. And extremely vulnerable to analog or mechanical forms of surveillance. But you must play well or you won't get to do any of that. Feed them, but don't underestimate them ever - you need to be convincing to yourself. So act like you are onto something, and then make like you are just confusing the actual things with other things. Act like you know now its the cops. Act like you are going to get secure and fix your security on everything, which will not make any difference FYI, but you don't understand that. Google heaps of stuff that is related, and make out like you think that's what's happening. Act like you don't know that anything at all you do on your mobile/PC/console/tablet/router etc is going to somewhere else first and that's where you are getting your results and "Internet" from. Use analog surveillance on them. Non digital cams and audio. And go find out what government agency exists that might want to monitor entities like this. They might jump at the chance to actually build a case over months of it being done to you, if you can handle it. And you will get a good result as it'll be too late by the time they are aware to keep their jobs, or avoid conviction. Failing involving government, just corner one somewhere people don't get any mobile reception, and have a chat.
    Whatever you do, just be aware of the fact often the best way to see your paranoia is justified is to do experiments that don't care if you are paranoid or not, scientific method brought a subjective animal into the age of reason. Use it always. And this post will be crazed paranoia to 99.99999% of people reading, of course it should really. But if even one person gets something else out of it then its done some good. Hello friend, you are like me. Well met.

     

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      johnthebikeman, Feb 22nd, 2014 @ 1:56am

      Re: It's not what you think

      Sorry but you're are wrong stupid junkie. I tracked one down and they are real.They have U.S. government tags. I can send you some pics. It makes me wonder if you are one of them trying to hide them to cover up something. By your post, you sound like a G-Man.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2013 @ 8:51pm

    I just did a search because I am traveling, sitting in a hotel room, and when trying to connect to the hotel wifi....the FBI surveillance truck came up as possible choices. I have never seen this before and why I did the search in the first place. Hard to believe it is true...but...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2013 @ 8:59pm

    I just did a search because I am traveling, sitting in a hotel room, and when trying to connect to the hotel wifi....the FBI surveillance truck came up as possible choices. I have never seen this before and why I did the search in the first place. Hard to believe it is true...but...

     

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    Fort Carson Soldier, May 10th, 2013 @ 12:11pm

    FBI_SURVEILLANCE_VAN

    So i pretty much got here the same way y'all did GOOGLE what my wifi read whats funny is that two weeks ago on Circle and platte here in Colorado Springs i saw three Homeland security SUVs with this written on the side of the DHS logo it read FEDERAL PROTECTION AGENCY OR SEVICES one of those two and now yesterday I drive on circle by a school and FBI_SURVEILLANCE_VAN it creeped me out FUCK BIG GOVERNMENT.

     

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    jc, Jun 20th, 2013 @ 5:14am

    dot servalence

    Srrn 1 today i64 il

     

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    TheDanster, Jul 7th, 2013 @ 12:59am

    Weird Plates and Surveillance

    I've jotted down and posted on blogs and such various license plates of vans (like the white pedo file fbi surveillance vans) and other vehicles. Strangely afterwards all the cars "following" me have NEWLY registered temp plates or customized plates "2CUTE4U" and shit following me around.

    I just want them off my ass. They know exactly what i do and how the fuck i do it.

    The vans exist, just jot down and post on a social networking site all the plates you suspect and see how everything changes.

     

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    Niko, Aug 4th, 2013 @ 3:19pm

    mine

    My SSID is "pretty fly for a WIFI", I beat my WIFI, and a couple variations of VIRUS_BOOT_LOADER.

     

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    James, Aug 4th, 2013 @ 9:39pm

    wow

    My wifi keeps finding networks caleed police van 010312 and fbi van

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 5th, 2013 @ 8:58pm

    I have FBI Surveillance, FBI Surveillance Media and FBI Surveillance Van all listed in my WI-FI phone networks 24 hrs a day

     

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    Dh, Aug 24th, 2013 @ 1:22pm

    FBI Surveillance van

    As I am writing this on my wifi networks there is one saying FBI Surveillance Van!!! And we live
    Really far out in a subdivision outside of Rio Rancho New Mexico not kidding!

     

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    Alex, Sep 14th, 2013 @ 3:40pm

    FBI_SURVEILLANCE_VAN

    Why would the FBI transmit a signal at all from a "van" - Seems unbelievably costly to go after a petifile with that much effort. We are talking some top-notch mother fuckers here people. They don't have to lift their fat asses off their 5k dollar office chairs to see what your doing... Lastly, with the CryfI naming - always thought it was a good idea to fudge with the neighbors a bit... "I_See_You_Through_Your_Blinds" or "DONT_TURN_AROUND"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 1st, 2013 @ 4:10pm

    I saw one such SSID just last night. It read: FBI Surveillance Van #334

     

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    Larry Thompson, Oct 2nd, 2013 @ 4:18pm

    There are hundreds of people setting up that faked name "FBI surveillance Van" It is very popular around major truck stops.
    Truck drivers do it for fun too.

    Thank about it...do you REALLY think that the FBI is stupid enough to make it publicly known and list that where anyone can see it? It would be like; THIS IS THE FBI, WE ARE OUTSIDE IN THIS BLACK VAN ACROSS THE STREET AND WE ARE GOING TO RAID YOUR HOUSE AT 5PM SO HIDE YOUR STASH AND RUN SO THAT WE WILL NOT CATCH YOU BEFORE WE RAID YOU!"

     

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    rintintin (profile), Oct 8th, 2013 @ 6:22am

    NSA Surveillance Van

    My sister's laptop keeps trying to use a wifi that's listed as NSA Surveillance Van. It defaults to it even though she has her own at her house. ODD!!!???

     

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    chris, Oct 20th, 2013 @ 9:57pm

    Ok for all you who think its a joke they really do use the wifi name I can show you a screen shot of the fbi and dea using there own name.

     

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    Shawn, Nov 2nd, 2013 @ 7:57pm

    DEA

    Trust me they do I have had the same thing popping up to only it's van 23b DEA so i think it's true

     

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    FineALee, Nov 9th, 2013 @ 5:54pm

    FBI Surveilance Van 4

    This is one of the wiki networks names on my network list

     

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    Lolly, Dec 6th, 2013 @ 11:19am

    FBISurveillanceVan

    Today December 6, 2013 11:16am

    I can't get through my internet and tried checking my wireless connection and found the SSID : FBISurveillanceVan006 in the list of wireless internet source.

    So I check on some issues in search engines and found this site of yours.

    Maybe FBI or some Private Agencies are trying to work on a project on how people browse or logged and writing.

    Be careful!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 16th, 2013 @ 1:27pm

    I love in australia. I quiet island. Never before seen this until yesterday. Seems a bit suss as no one around here would do such a thing. My neighbour and i talk conspiracy a lot. So when we see this it is a real threat. If anyone is having the same issue. Ask yourself, what things are you looking up on the net, conspiracy? What are you discussing etc. The real danger of the new world, globalisation,and the new technologies they are using. They can listen in to your general conversations. I dont think its a coincidence this fbi surveillance van is popping up around the world.

     

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    another Mrs. Nobody, Jan 27th, 2014 @ 10:07pm

    NSA mobile van

    I've noticed these ID's for a few years now and recently while driving I passed a vehicle that caught the corner of
    my sight jus off a busy main road. It was white and lots of antennas were attached to the rear and top of van. Because of my past recognition of these WiFi id's I turned back and caught 3photos also scanned for my wifi networks and what do u think popped up and became stronger as a neared it? Yup so letsc c if this picture makes it.....I believe it very alive and active although no idea y exactly. CALL ME A BELIEVER!

     

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    Damon Bradley, Feb 3rd, 2014 @ 1:37pm

    Same here

    Jus happenend to me in Hawaii. FBI Van #2 on my router. All other usual connections and my own were down. Then it dissapeared and all other connections came back

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 8th, 2014 @ 8:35am

    The.van is real.Iwork Morrell where we were notified Alleluia phones in area were being screened
    Not to be alarmed

     

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    kdc365 (profile), Feb 10th, 2014 @ 9:28am

    FBISurveillanceVan

    Not sure how or why but I have the same thing in my neighborhood sure enough when you look at WiFi connections on your phone iPad etc, you see 1 named FBI Surveillance Van.
    So not sure if there is indeed a stakeout or just a wise guy neighbor, anyhow if your not doing anything wrong no need for concern correct? but still seems invasive has hit home for sure.

     

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    henry massingale, Feb 11th, 2014 @ 8:53am

    NSA Surveillance Vans

    NSA Surveillance Vans, are in effect, so get use to it and do unto them as they do unto us, scan back...
    info scan..
    Software Information---
    Version:1.1.3.21/Driver Version:7.7.0.71


    1(G)N WPA2-Radius 13% 00:0... Access Point
    ___________________________

    1(G)N WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK 5% Access Point
    __________________________

    NETGEAR87 7(G)N WPS WPA2-PSK 24% Access Point
    ___________________________

    NSA Surveillance Van #5 6(G) WPA2-PSK 5% 00:1E:E5:3C:5F:... Access Point

    We removed part of the IP address

     

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    johnthebikeman, Feb 22nd, 2014 @ 1:30am

    I have one of those FBI Van's in my town. I tracked it down and it is a blue Van with U.S. government tags.

     

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    eddie, Mar 15th, 2014 @ 1:07am

    i dotn bieleve its a joke here is why

    i was completely un aware of this Fbi surveillance wifi stuff . I just not even 30 minutes ago came across an unknown and un accounted for ssid of FBI surveillance van #7 I say un accounted for because I know all the ssid of the wifi spots within my neighbor hood but I just seen it pop up for about 15 mintues maybe more who know I just happened to look at the time it was lik 1.30 am was on Skype showed my girlfriend the ssid I thought was odd and showed her on vid from my iphone and the nit was gone

     

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    Teri, Mar 19th, 2014 @ 8:15pm

    Hmm...

    If there was a way to post a photo in the comments, I could show you a screenshot I just took of my tablet. It has the SSID "Surveillance team" as a wifi option. Strange, huh?

     

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    Scott McLaren, Mar 25th, 2014 @ 8:57pm

    Yup I just witnessed it too

    SSID said FBI van surveillance #15

    Cool beans

     

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    ftb (profile), Mar 30th, 2014 @ 3:15am

    fbi ssid

    there is a wifi network close to me that randomly appears then goes off. its called FBI surveillance van.

     

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    rosemary, Apr 1st, 2014 @ 6:54pm

    I have noticed FBI Surveillance van #7 when I try to hit my connections for my wifi.

    Not sure if it really is or isn't.

     

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