Can You Hear Me Now?

Cell phone users, beware. The FBI can listen to everything you say, even when the cell phone is turned off. A recent court ruling in a case against the Genovese crime family revealed that the FBI has the ability from a remote location to activate a cell phone and turn its microphone into a listening device that transmits to an FBI listening post, a method known as a “roving bug.” Experts say the only way to defeat it is to remove the cell phone battery.”

Hmm, very interesting… I don’t know if they can do this with all phones though… except if FCC requires it and so all phones have this “feature” in them by design. And remember, if FBI can do it, so it’s Scotland Yard, Interpol and EKYP (or whatever it’s called now).


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Eugenia wrote on December 7th, 2006 at 1:57 AM PST:

The problem is, when you buy such a device there is no “privacy statement” that says that this bug is possible. The “roving bug” on cellphones is a common secret between FBI and CIA, but the consumer was never aware of this. That’s the real problem: knowledge of how the device can be used at against you, rather than getting all crazy with conspiracy theories.

As a consumer, I want to know if my cable box or cellphone or phone is able to spy on me – if and when my government chooses to. Then, I can make the decision if I want to live with these rules, or go and live on a mountain.

I hope someone sues the government, carriers and phone manufacturers about this, because it takes the consumer’s privacy for granted. No one came out to say “hey, we don’t really care about what you do, but if we wanted to, we can use your own devices against you”. They should have done that every time they sell you one of these devices.

M Emeric wrote on December 7th, 2006 at 12:19 PM PST:

Ho hum. The government has had the ability to use telephones as bugs for decades. In the 70’s, they had the ability to listen in on conversations on analog phones, while it was cradled. There are also devices that are sensitive enough to pick up conversations by the surface vibrations of, say, a window pane. If the government wants to know what you are up to, they will find out. But I doubt that they are interested in Mr. John Q. Public, unless he’s bankrolling terrorism or heading up a crime organization responsible for murder, theft, prostitution, illicit drugs, illicit gambling, etc. Relax, liberal wienies.

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