[LINK] FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool

rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Sun Dec 3 07:38:50 AEDT 2006

Rick Welykochy wrote:

> Kim Holburn wrote:
>>> The U.S. Commerce Department's security office warns that "a  
>>> cellular telephone can be turned into a microphone and transmitter  
>>> for the purpose of listening to conversations in the vicinity of  
>>> the phone." An article in the Financial Times last year said 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."
> Sounds like it's high time for an open source mobile phone
> software system. I'm sure Linux would make a great embedded O/S
> on a phone. It'll even run Java ... but then again, that's what
> we don't want to see anymore of.
> 'Tis sad indeed that there is no social contract to accompany
> new technologies.
> Tinfoil mobile phone cases anyone? Better yet, chuck out the damn
> things and go back to landlines.

Or just buy the dumbest handset you can find and sacrifice the extra 


> cheers
> rickw

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