DEC
10
2006

FBI can spy on you by remotely turning on your cellphone mic (even if it is powered down)

Did you know that the FBI (and therefore, the CIA, and probably most police and secret service organisations around the world), have technology to remotely turn on your cell phone microphone to listen to you and all conversations around you? The technique even has a name: 'roving bug'.

According to this report by c|net, we may safely suspect that most current devices can be used for wiretapping even if switched off (because there a really complete power down never happens unless you remove the battery).

While technologies like this were suspected to exist by tinfoil-hat brigadists since a long time, now it is kinda officially confirmed. This type of eavesdropping came to light in an opinion published this week by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan. Therein Kaplan ruled that the "roving bug" was legal because federal wiretapping law (click on of the 3 buttons at the bottom to access the real link) is broad enough to permit eavesdropping even of conversations that take place near a suspect's cell phone.

And declared "suspects" we all are, as soon as we need to be....

Comments

...opensouce phones ;)

like the greenphone!

_cies breijs.


By cies at Sun, 12/10/2006 - 23:39

..since you have no opensource network hardware and services. And is greenphone's hardware opensourced? ;)


By Jarosław Staniek at Mon, 12/11/2006 - 08:22

If you RTA you'll find this parag;
mobile providers can "remotely install a piece of software on to any handset, without the owner's knowledge, which will activate the microphone even when its owner is not making a call."

So; if the thing is linux based, just checking there are no untrusted apps installed, or even good old tripwire are enough.


By Thomas Zander at Mon, 12/11/2006 - 11:29

The report we may safely suspect that most current devices can be used for wiretapping even if switched off.While technologies like this were suspected to exist since a long time.And the Nancy has her ideas to resolve the SEO


By michlesmith at Thu, 09/20/2007 - 12:22

Thank you for the information shown in the system,So; if the thing is linux based, just checking there are no untrusted apps installed, or even good old tripwire are enough if you RTA you'll find this parag ; mobile providers can "remotely install a piece of software on to any handset, without the owner's knowledge, which will activate the microphone even when its owner is not making a call." so go with the official's and the higher commands.


By michlesmith at Wed, 10/03/2007 - 05:23

Thank you for the information on the issue,This type of eavesdropping came to light in an opinion published this week by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan.While technologies like this were suspected to exist by tinfoil-hat brigadists since a long time, now it is kinda officially confirmed.


By michlesmith at Thu, 10/04/2007 - 05:06

Thank you for the great information on the issue of mobile trappers.The report we may safely suspect that most current devices can be used for wiretapping even if switched off.While technologies like this were suspected to exist since a long time.And the Nancy has her ideas to resolve the SEO


By michlesmith at Sat, 10/06/2007 - 04:25

Thank you for the issue on the topic,According to this report by c|net, we may safely suspect that most current devices can be used for wiretapping even if switched off.While technologies like this were suspected to exist by tinfoil-hat brigadists since a long time, now it is kinda officially confirmed.


By michlesmith at Tue, 10/09/2007 - 04:50

Thank you for the issue on the topic,Therein Kaplan ruled that the "roving bug" was legal because federal wiretapping law is broad enough to permit eavesdropping even of conversations that take place near a suspect's cell phone.While technologies like this were suspected to exist by tinfoil-hat brigadists since a long time, now it is kinda officially confirmed. This type of eavesdropping came to light in an opinion published this week by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan.


By michlesmith at Wed, 10/10/2007 - 05:18

Thank you for the information on the issue of the topics,While technologies like this were suspected to exist by tinfoil-hat brigadists since a long time, now it is kinda officially confirmed. This type of eavesdropping came to light in an opinion published this week by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan. Therein Kaplan ruled that the "roving bug" was legal because federal wiretapping law (click on of the 3 buttons at the bottom to access the real link) is broad enough to permit eavesdropping even of conversations that take place near a suspect's cell phone.


By michlesmith at Thu, 10/11/2007 - 06:01

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