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Private helps with Cyber Investigations



"Our company, [redacted], considers the cyber team at Private to be absolute geniuses. Not only were they willing to work on our complex cyber investigation, they took over all our cybersecurity to keep us protected moving forward after a serious breach that affected 2200 of our clients."

R.J. - Cyber Team Leader, [redacted] Inc.

California Cybersecurity & Investigation Agency

What does our cyber and technology services include? We've put our cyber and  technology services onto this one page as they are often related. Understanding more information in this format will allow you identify the correct service you need.

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From Cell Phone Hacking to Your Home or Car Being "Bugged" We Have Your Cyber Covered."

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We are OSINT investigators. OSINT means Open-Source Intelligence. We use the Internet to our advantage and learn about people, places and activitites of just about anything. With real-world cyber investigators Private can find just about anything with our cyber investigation team.


Social media forensics is the process of using scientific methods to collect, analyze, and interpret data from social media platforms. It often involves the investigation of digital traces, such as posts, comments, shares, and likes, to understand and analyze patterns, behaviors, and to gather evidence for legal cases or security assessments. It can be employed in various contexts including, but not limited to, criminal investigations, litigation support, and corporate security. It integrates techniques from digital forensics and data analytics to scrutinize social media data meticulously.

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Our California cyber and technology experts can help you establish secure communications. We do so with the aid of new techology, devices and training. This aids our clients to establish secure communications, and to  understand better  how to communicate to maintain privacy in their lives.


TSCM, or Technical Surveillance Counter-Measures, is the process of detecting and mitigating unwanted forms of surveillance. This involves identifying eavesdropping devices, bugs, hidden cameras, and other invasive technologies that may be used for spying and unauthorized information gathering.


The goal of TSCM is to ensure privacy and security through the identification and neutralization of surveillance threats. Professionals in this field might be employed to sweep for devices in corporate settings, government facilities, or private residences.

Technical Surveillance Countermeasures

Our Technical Surveillance Counter-Measures (TSCM) detects, identifies, and mitigates surreptitious surveillance activities.


 Assisting clients with TSCM can encompass a range of services to help protect their privacy and sensitive information.


Here’s what you can do to help clients with TSCM:

Assessment and Consultation:

  • Risk Assessment: Identify and assess the potential risks facing the client.

  • Client Consultation: Work with the client to understand their specific concerns and requirements.

Surveys and Inspections:

Physical Inspections: Conduct detailed physical inspections of the client's premises.

  • Technical Inspections: Use specialized equipment to search for electronic surveillance devices.

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Surveillance detection refers to the systematic process of identifying, observing, and assessing potential surveillance activities, typically undertaken to protect individuals, facilities, or assets from surveillance-related threats such as espionage, terrorism, or criminal activities. The goal of surveillance detection is to deter, disrupt, or prevent any unwarranted activities by recognizing potential surveillance at an early stage.

Here are the key aspects involved in surveillance detection:


  1. Observation and Monitoring:

    • Static Surveillance: Observing from a fixed position.

    • Mobile Surveillance: Observing while on the move, typically following a target.

  2. Analysis:

    • Pattern Analysis: Recognizing repetitive behaviors or patterns that might indicate surveillance.

    • Anomaly Detection: Identifying activities that are unusual or not fitting the standard patterns.

  3. Reporting:

    • Immediate Reporting: Alerting the necessary parties promptly if surveillance is detected.

    • Periodic Reporting: Regular reporting of findings, even if no surveillance is detected, to maintain a clear record of activities.

  4. Training:

    • Individual Training: Educating individuals on how to detect surveillance.

    • Team Training: Training a team to work together effectively in surveillance detection.

  5. Technology Utilization:

    • Surveillance Detection Software: Using specialized software to aid in the analysis and reporting process.

    • Surveillance Equipment: Utilizing various surveillance tools such as cameras, drones, and other technology to facilitate the detection process.

  6. Counter Surveillance:

    • Surveillance Detection Routes (SDRs): Utilizing predetermined routes to detect surveillance.

    • Counter-Surveillance Measures: Taking steps to deter or disrupt surveillance activities once detected.

  7. Legal and Ethical Considerations:

    • Privacy Laws: Ensuring adherence to laws and regulations related to privacy and surveillance.

    • Ethical Concerns: Maintaining ethical standards, including respecting individuals' privacy rights.

Implementing a surveillance detection program requires a multifaceted approach, involving coordination between various teams and integrating different tactics, techniques, and procedures to secure the environment and protect individuals or assets effectively. It's an essential component in the security apparatus of many organizations, especially those in sensitive industries or those handling classified information.


Investigating cell phone hacking is a sophisticated process that involves a range of technical and forensic techniques. Below is an outline a general approach we use  to investigate cell phone hacking:

Preliminary Assessment

  1. Identify Symptoms: List unusual behavior such as unexpected battery drain, strange messages, or unfamiliar apps appearing on the phone.

  2. Incident Reporting: Report the incident to the relevant authorities, including corporate IT if applicable.

  3. Preserve Evidence: Before taking any action, ensure that evidence is preserved, possibly by taking screenshots or noting down unusual activities.

Step 2: Engaging a Professional

  1. Seek Expert Help: Contact a professional cybersecurity firm or a digital forensic expert to handle the investigation.

  2. Documentation: Ensure all pertinent information is documented, including the signs that led to the suspicion of hacking.

Step 3: Forensic Analysis

  1. Acquire Data: Utilize forensic tools to securely acquire data from the potentially compromised device without altering any information.

  2. Analysis: Analyze the acquired data to identify signs of malware, spyware, or other unauthorized access.

  3. Log Analysis: Inspect system and application logs to identify any suspicious activities, such as unauthorized access or malware installation.

Step 4: Identifying the Weak Points

  1. Vulnerability Analysis: Identify vulnerabilities that might have been exploited, such as outdated software or weak passwords.

  2. Network Analysis: Investigate if the network to which the phone is connected has any vulnerabilities or signs of intrusion.

Step 5: Reporting

  1. Findings: Compile a detailed report of the findings, including identified vulnerabilities and evidence of hacking.

  2. Recommendations: Provide recommendations to prevent future hacking attempts, including security measures and best practices.

Step 6: Remediation

  1. Cleaning the Device: Depending on the findings, it might be recommended to clean the device, which can include factory resetting the phone.

  2. Updating Security: Strengthen security by updating passwords and ensuring the operating system and all apps are up-to-date.

  3. Security Awareness: Engage in security awareness training to understand how to avoid potential security threats in the future.

Step 7: Legal Actions (if necessary)

  1. Legal Advice: If the hacking has serious implications, seek legal advice to understand the potential actions that can be taken.

  2. Collaboration with Law Enforcement: Collaborate with law enforcement agencies, providing them with the necessary information to take appropriate legal actions against the perpetrators.

Remember that investigating cell phone hacking should ideally be carried out by our professionals with expertise in digital forensics to ensure the best chances of identifying and rectifying the issue while preserving any evidence of criminal activity. Do not muddy the waters and attempt your own investigation.

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