I began a list like this in another post in the last few months but in the rough-and-tumble days of the continued real estate mobbing that has victimized me in northeast Seattle for going on two-and-a-half years, there are a mounting number of locations to which I’ve been followed, and in which I’ve been monitored and harassed over others’ cell phones, speaker-enabled access points, or plain old public address systems so far as I can see.
Based on my experience, the mobbers will use whatever is available to harass. They constructively evict by combining old-time and new methods to monitor, stalk and follow. Their goal seems to be to induce enough stress and oppression so great that you will flee your home. In my case, when years of more mundane harassment failed, the nasty neighborhood watch and their developer and speculator friends escalated to monitoring. But they had obviously been preparing for a full-scale mobbing, which requires a goodly amount of information about the “target” to make it a convincing experience. The stalking, cyber-stalking or following over public WiFi networks provides the opportunity for the delivery of monitoring and harassment. The mobbers’ methods include cyber-harassment as well as old school methods used by nasty neighbors and slumlords, like messing with your in-home entertainment systems and transporting harassment over ventilation systems. I know these things because the harassment, although it turns up on whatever surface or device is available, can be modulated. If I make it unavailable, they find another way. This has led to a situation in which I physically block some harassment, for example with sound board, while with other harassment it is most effective to mute all sound or turn off the device. I say “all sound” because, for example, on a computer there are numerous interfaces that transport sound to the speakers, and there are software applications like Adobe Flash which also “play” sound. Turning these off is not enough. You may also need to turn off system sounds.
Incidentally, “mobbing” is a term used to describe cell phone harassment as well as a term used by the criminal real estate speculators or tenant relocators who’ve afflicted my life for the last years owing to the not-so-good neighborhood watch on my block and their having bedded down with small-time speculators and developers.
This page will keep a running list of establishments that I know, based on experience, are vulnerable to what the mobbers do. In these days of lax security on WiFi networks and public address systems, the list will be long. When wireless infrastructure is basically insecure, when there is convergence between public announce systems, wireless access and music or other broadcast systems, and when building security systems allow following and easy access to public announce system, the holes are many. An important consideration is the security of transactions. The fact that it’s easy for the mobbers to monitor and harass at many, many cashier stands means that customer information is not secure. Overhead cameras and two-way speakers probably make it easy to pick up key presses by tone or position. Devices with WiFi always on make it easy for hackers to follow and monitor the environment. Better device security should lessen the ability of criminals to use your devices to stalk, monitor, and harass. Arresting the Seattle mobbers, who are part of the ring of real estate mobbers working right next door to me, would also help. It’s clear that those involved in my mobbing want me to believe that they can’t be caught and that, sooner or later, I’ll give in. The fact that, even if they have a higher-value hacker working remotely, they have a grounds crew working on either side of me shows their confidence in their racket. But I’m not sure that confidence is based on much more than bravado. Sooner or later, they’ll be arrested. You can’t indefinitely get away with forced eviction of legal residents in liberal cities, especially not when you operate as a ring with a racket.
What follows, then, is a list of some companies and business places that need to begin looking at how to keep hackers and stalkers off of their physical systems.
Whole Foods – Roosevelt, South Lake Union
Other people’s cell phones, public address systems (probably speaker-enabled access points), public address in elevators.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
I’ve been riding these trains since childhood and I never could have anticipated being wirelessly stalked on them and throughout the BART system as I am every time I am in the Bay Area. It’s been some months since I took BART but, as I recall, the mobbers ride the cameras and surveillance systems provided to keep passengers safe as well as using any active cell phone. I usually sit away from others, at least while I can, but complete silence has been impossible, as always.
Ada’s Technical Books and Coworking Space
In the cafe, other people’s cell phones and probable speaker-enabled access points if I recall correctly. Upstairs in the coworking space, as a daily payer, I don’t sit right next to people with sound systems on their machines, but I do sit closer to an iPad they use for transactions and the stereo. Here, when people aren’t listening to music during their working day, it’s almost quiet. Access is gated in this space and the neighborhood has high density, which further restricts access by other means. I don’t recall whether the iPad changed the situation much for me there. In a quiet group space such as this, the mobbers have to use caution to avoid being heard by others. It’s different from places like grocery stores, for example, where there is so much background noise that they can pretty much blend in.
Peet’s Coffee-Green Lake
Others’ cell phones and use of speakers over the WiFi network that customers use. When I use the restroom at this business, there has been a prominent example of what might be ventilation transported harassment, that is, verbal abuse transported to me through the ventilation system of the building. Early in the mobbing, before I concluded that they would at least make me think they were watching me in the bathroom wherever I was, I experimented with using the bathroom outside of the house. I remember being shocked when the airy sound of the same voices traveled with me to Peet’s. There would be no privacy. Peet’s can probably better secure the WiFi network. In the case of ventilation harassment shot in a buildings systems by drone or by someone following with a parametric speaker, the police need to understand the crime and disband the ring of mobbers. If by drone, transponders on drones that can track, for example, surveillance drones that illegally stay out of sight to avoid detection, would allow for stalking drones to be monitored and their activities traced back to an owner.
Metropolitan Market-Sandpoint store
Speaker enabled access points, probably, in combination with the cell phones of others. I don’t recall hearing the mobbers at the registers of this store, but the mobbers have been more cautious in the recent past (2/3/17).
Seattle Public Library branches
Wireless network in combination with computers. An interesting aspect of this is using the floor in the downtown library where wireless is not provided. That area is much, much quieter. Here there is a definite relationship to the provision of wireless network services to the public, sadly.
Other people’s cell phones, public address systems (probably speaker-enabled access points), airplanes with in-flight entertainment systems (tends to be the Boeing 737 on my Alaska Airlines flights to work onsite in California after losing my Microsoft contract to one of the first hoaxes in the mobbing, at least, a probable hoax that there was a root kit—an Internet “bot”—on my laptop.
Seattle Light Rail
Newer and more wired than Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Seattle Light Rail keeps the mobbers close. Recently on one of these trains, even the operator became aware of the voices on the speakers and asked if there was a problem in the car I was on. In addition to the overhead cameras and the speakers, the mobbers make good use of any cell phones or devices that remain active during transit.
Chase Bank branches
The ATM system, especially when it is in a foyer that has music. For example at the Sandpoint branch in Seattle, the use of the music system may be prevalent if it is a wireless system. Otherwise, at branches like Wedgwood, it is more clearly the ATM speaker system that is provided for communication with customers.
An example of this is the Chevron gas station on 130th at 15th in NE Seattle. One of the first places I was mobbed was at this gas station, when I didn’t realize that the harassment was probably coming from the speakers at the pumps and kept looking around at the cars. Early on in the mobbing, hoaxes were a prominent feature and every time I was about to make a transaction and they had access, the mobbers would interleave accusations that I was about to kite a check.
Early on in the mobbing the mobbers took advantage of what is probably a common presumption of the victim: That if you can hear the mobbers, other people will too. So at that time, a prominent feature of the public mobbing was to attempt to embarrass. I eventually realized that to avoid creating witnesses they must avoid detection, however, by going quiet when the timing isn’t right, by isolating the victim as much as possible, and by using overlapping speech or voices that blend in with the environment. The victim is familiarized to their voices and hears the insults, the accusations and threats while others block them out or ignore them as “background noise.” This is a simple fact of how human perception works.