cellphones as room bugs

Steve Schear s.schear at comcast.net
Sat Dec 2 21:22:49 EST 2006

At 07:21 AM 12/2/2006, Perry E. Metzger wrote:

>    The FBI appears to have begun using a novel form of electronic
>    surveillance in criminal investigations: remotely activating a
>    mobile phone's microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby
>    conversations.
>    The technique is called a "roving bug," and was approved by top
>    U.S. Department of Justice officials for use against members of a
>    New York organized crime family who were wary of conventional
>    surveillance techniques such as tailing a suspect or wiretapping
>    him.

This technique was pioneered by some criminals (drug, I think) that would 
'forget' their cell phones in police cars to they could listen in on them.


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