cellphones as room bugs

Steve Schear s.schear at comcast.net
Sat Dec 2 21:25:47 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.

BTW, its easy to thwart this, even without removing the battery as 
recommended: just place a shorted jack into the phone's mic/headset 
plug.  These plug's use an physical-electrical contact switching method to 
shunt the audio so the software AFAIK can route around it.


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