TURNING THE CAMERAS ON SURVEILLANCE: PART 1
(or I HAVE AN APP FOR THAT!)
By Vinny DeCarlo
Vinny DeCarlo is the author ofHow to Beat Casino Surveillance – Insider’s Secrets for Card Counters. He is a retired veteran casino man with over 20 years of upper management experience. His expertise covers the pit, security, surveillance, and he even served as a General Manager. Currently, Vinny travels the states as a freelance reporter and a personal consultant to many Indian casinos. He also appeared on TV and radio shows. According to Vinny, there are two types of casino employees - those that know him, and those that claim to know him; therefore, never believe what you hear.
Note: Recently a team of intelligent crooks hacked into an Australian casino’s security cameras and won $33 million. An inside man staying at the casino’s hotel hacked into the casino’s security cameras and fed an accomplice information about every hand of cards in a baccarat game. I asked DeCarlo how it’s possible for someone to take control of a casino’s security camera from outside the casino. Here is his astounding revelation on how this scam went down.
Many years ago, I was turned on to this book entitled, The Card Counter Guide to Casino Surveillance (2004 Cellini-Huntington press). Though the book was chocked full of good information, the writer struck a certain note with me when he discussed what happens when you interact a typical two-way radio (such as used by a casino’s security team) with a moveable camera (known as PTZ for Pan, Tilt, and Zoom). This hit me hard as I thought the cat was out of the bag and all of my past research I did on this topic was going to be strewn about like cannon fodder. I sat and waited, and waited and… nothing. Nobody (including everyone in the entire casino industry) put two and two together... until now.
Recently, an Australian casino was whacked for almost 33 million dollars by their own casino surveillance system. Immediately, everybody blamed the surveillance crew; however, little did they know that this scam was (and still is) so simple to do that nobody, not even the surveillance team (including the tech), would know about it and ... get this ... there would be no way to trace it. Think I’m kidding. Keep reading, my friends, for the rest of the story.
About 10 years ago, some smart people knew that you could manipulate a PTZ camera by utilizing...
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