Friday, December 15, 2006

Off cellphones can have eavesdropping bug

Can You Hear Me Now?

ABC NewsDecember 05, 2006 3:38 PM Vic Walter and Krista Kjellman Report:

Cell phone users, beware. The FBI can listen to everything you say, evenwhen the cell phone is turned off.A recent court ruling in a case against the Genovese crime family revealedthat the FBI has the ability from a remote location to activate a cellphone and turn its microphone into a listening device that transmits to anFBI listening post, a method known as a "roving bug." Experts say theonly way to defeat it is to remove the cell phone battery."The FBI can access cell phones and modify them remotely without everhaving to physically handle them," James Atkinson, a counterintelligencesecurity consultant, told ABC News. "Any recently manufactured cell phonehas a built-in tracking device, which can allow eavesdroppers to pinpointsomeone's location to within just a few feet," he added.

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