Over the past few weeks, you’ve no doubt heard about the story of 32-year-old Yujing Zhang — even if you don’t immediately recognize the name. She’s the Chinese woman who attempted to gain entry — and who was quickly arrested — at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. It has been well reported in the press that she was found with a USB flash drive loaded to the brim with malware and other nasty software surprises. This was only discovered after a Secret Service Agent plugged the USB drive into his own computer, an action that almost immediately brought the device to its proverbial knees. There’s a lesson to be learned here about how you should never, under any circumstances, plug a strange USB flash drive into your computer — but that’s a discussion for another day.Hidden Camera Detector

The part of the story that has gone somewhat under-reported is the fact that she was also carrying a device used to detect hidden cameras in an environment. Exactly why she had all of this equipment — and what she was planning to ultimately do with it — is certainly worth a closer look.

The Mar-a-Lago Hidden Camera Detector: Breaking Things Down

Initially, Zhang claimed that she was only attempting to find and use the pool when she tried to gain access to a restricted area inside Mar-a-Lago on March 30. Staff members at the resort actually let her in, as they assumed that she was related to a family with the same name who also happened to be staying there at the time.

But once inside the restricted area, she began telling people that she was there for an event that wasn’t actually taking place — which is when she was instantly arrested, in part, for lying to a federal agent.
Secret Service agents quickly escorted her off of the Mar-a-Lago property and took her to their nearby field office. It was there that she was interviewed for no less than four hours. Strangely, agents don’t actually have any audio of this interview — somehow, they only recorded video, which is largely worthless in this context.

Things got truly strange when all of her belongings were taken and examined by agents. In addition to the aforementioned USB drive, she also had two passports (strange), four mobile phones (even stranger), an external hard drive, a laptop computer, and the device used to detect hidden cameras.

Absolutely no swimming gear of any kind was found, putting an end to all of that “I just wanted to use the pool” talk. Additional reports in the media claim that Zhang had even more devices, though some of these reports are less trustworthy than others. Some claim that she had as many as five phones, nine flash drives, five separate SIM cards, several credit and debit cards and $8000 in cash (that included $700 in Chinese currency).

During her initial court appearance, Zhang enlisted the services of a local Florida public defender who argued that the government has absolutely no reason to believe that she is a spy of any kind. He argued that she did not have the types of devices on her person that are commonly associated with espionage activities.

Sadly, nobody asked him what he thinks a device used to detect hidden cameras is actually for if not espionage — or how many malware-loaded USB flash drives he thinks that the average tourist carries around with them at all times.

As of right now, Zhang has not actually entered any type of plea agreement to all of the criminal charges that she faces. Reports indicated that prosecutors plan to indict her in a formal capacity as soon as next week. One thing is for sure, however, this is certainly a news story that many, many people are going to be paying attention to as it continues to play out on a national stage over the next few weeks.