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How to spot hidden cameras in your hotel room reveals ‘ex-hacker’ – from shining a flashlight on devices to checking the fire alarm when it’s over the bed

  • Brit TikTok user shares tips for spotting hidden cameras in hotel and B&B rooms
  • Marcus Hutchins, who teaches cybersecurity, recommends holding the torch to set off the fire alarm
  • Also warns how digital alarm clocks and USB charging stations could have cameras










Do you ever feel like you are being watched?

A British TikTok user who describes himself as an “ex-hacker” has shared his tips for spotting hidden cameras in hotel and Airbnb rooms.

Marcus Hutchins, who teaches cybersecurity and posts using the handle @malwaretech, recommends shining a flashlight across the room when you arrive to look for possible recording devices.

In a video clip shared to the social media platform, Marcus said the first thing you should look for is devices conveniently placed where a “crawler” would want to look.

A British TikTok user who describes himself as an ‘ex-hacker’ has shared his tips for spotting hidden cameras in hotel and Airbnb rooms

“Take this fire alarm, it’s right above the bed,” he explained, guiding his own camera up to the ceiling.

“One way to tell if the device is a camera is to shine a bright light on it. If you hit a camera lens, it will have a bluish reflection.

“Now you can test that by shining a light on your phone and seeing what the camera looks like under a flashlight.”

He then goes to a digital alarm clock next to the bed, where a sneaky camera lurks behind the mirror glass as well.

In the video, which has received more than 5.5 million views, he explained how you can tell if there is a camera by shining a bright light on the glass.

In a video clip shared to the social media platform, Marcus said the first thing you should look for is devices conveniently placed where a 'crawler' would want to look, such as a fire alarm above the bed (pictured)

In a video clip shared to the social media platform, Marcus said the first thing you should look for is devices conveniently placed where a ‘crawler’ would want to look, such as a fire alarm above the bed (pictured)

“This technique can also work on two-way mirrors,” he added.

Marcus also made the disturbing revelation that some USB chargers may contain tiny pinhole cameras that, again, you can find if you shine a light on them.

“These cameras are very small, as you can see here, so they can be hidden in anything, even a hole in the wall,” he continued.

“You’re going to check any suspicious devices or holes toward the shower, locker room, or bed.”

He also warned about how night vision cameras use infrared LEDs to see; you can see these by turning off the light and using the front camera on your phone to see them.

“The front camera is the only one that works because the rear camera has an IR filter,” explains Marcus.

In the video, which has racked up more than 5.5 million views, he explained how you can tell if a camera is built into a digital alarm clock by shining a bright light on the mirror glass.

In the video, which has racked up more than 5.5 million views, he explained how you can tell if a camera is built into a digital alarm clock by shining a bright light on the mirror glass.

Marcus also made the disturbing revelation that some USB chargers may contain tiny pinhole cameras that, again, you can find if you shine a light on them.

Marcus also made the disturbing revelation that some USB chargers may contain tiny pinhole cameras that, again, you can find if you shine a light on them.

In the comments, he added: “Disclaimer: This is not an actual Airbnb, it’s a stage set up to demonstrate how to find cameras.”

Marcus’s video drew more than 5,000 comments, with many users shocked at how subtle and inconvenient the hidden cameras can be.

“New fear unlocked,” one user wrote, while another commented, “Another reason never to leave my house hahahaha.”

And one wrote: ‘Eh bro, I don’t trust hotels or anything now, thanks.’

“That’s it, I shower in clothes,” joked a fourth.

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