There's a fascinating report, via Slashdot
, claiming that China has been installing spying devices on all "dual-plate" Chinese-Hong Kong cars
for about four years now. Officially an electronic border card, some researchers opened the box and found electronics for recording and transmitting audio. Not surprisingly, this has enabled border patrol officials to be much more effective in figuring out which cars to search:
Smugglers were the first to note something strange about the devices. A source told Apple Daily that after the cards were installed mainland authorities had no trouble picking off the cars carrying illicit goods.
“For every ten cars we ran we only had [smuggled goods] in three or four to reduce the risk, but the border agents caught all of them. The accuracy was unreal!” Apple Daily quoted the smuggler saying.