FIGURES COMPILED BY THE US DEPARTMENT OF STATE: 1997
 



Illegal Eavesdropping Industry Data in the United States (per year)
 
(Illegal Eavesdropping Products Sold within the United States)
 
$ 496 million - Sale of Equipment - Imported
$ 392 million - Sale of Equipment - Built within the U.S.
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$ 888 million - Total Value of Eavesdropping Devices Sold in the U.S.
$ 434 million - Services - Entry and Initial Installation
$ 891 million - Services - Ongoing Maintenance and Listening Post Operations
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$ 1,325 million - Total Value of Services within the United States
$ 2,213 million - Total U.S. Revenues (Goods and Services)

$512 million: Value of Eavesdropping Equipment Used Against Private Individuals
$734: Median Cost of Typical Non-Corporate Eavesdropping Device (Installed)
$376 million: Value of Eavesdropping Equipment Used Against U.S. Corporate
Targets
$57,500: Median Cost of Typical Corporate Eavesdropping Device (Installed)
$8,160 million: Impact (Loss) to U.S. Corporate Targets
6,550: Number of Corporate "Eavesdropping Incidents" each Year
$1.25 million: Average Impact (Loss) to Each U.S. Corporate Target
$1,247: Median Price of Typical Illegal Eavesdropping Device
$15 - 2,895: Price Range of Typical Illegal Eavesdropping Device
712,000: Estimated Number of Illegal Devices Sold each Year
2,720: Minimum Number of U.S. "Spy-Firms" Selling Eavesdropping Devices
 
(Typical Revenues of Firms Engaged in the Illegal Eavesdropping Industry)
(Average Revenues, per Year, per Firm)
$182 thousand - Sale of Equipment - Imported
$144 thousand - Sale of Equipment - Built within the U.S.
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$326 thousand - Average Sales of Eavesdropping Goods
$159 thousand - Services - Initial Entry and Installation
$327 thousand - Services - Ongoing Maintenance and Listening Post Operations
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$ 486 thousand - Average Eavesdropping Services
 
$812 thousand - Average Total Revenues per Firm, per Year
 
 
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