Wednesday, August 6, 2008

FBI can listen on cell phones even when they're off

This morning, at a seminar on network security by Top Layer, we learned that the FBI has the capability to listen in over cell phones — even when they are off.

In this age of widespread eavesdropping, the FBI may not require a warrant.

Even when off, a the cell phone's battery keeps certain processes running. The only way to ensure that no one listens in is to remove the battery.

Of course, most of us are not a target of the FBI, and some could care less if the FBI listens in.

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