WSJ: FBI Can Remotely Activate the Microphone on Android Devices

WSJ: FBI Can Remotely Activate the Microphone on Android Devices

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FBI has developed and acquired hacking tools that allow it to remotely activate the microphone of devices running Android.

The FBI develops some hacking tools internally and purchases others from the private sector. With such technology, the bureau can remotely activate the microphones in phones running Google Inc.'s Android software to record conversations, one former U.S. official said. It can do the same to microphones in laptops without the user knowing, the person said. Google declined to comment.

It's said that bureau typically uses hacking for cases that involve organized crime, child pornography, or counterterrorism. Apparently, it tries not to use these tools when investigating hackers for fear that they will discover and publicize the technique.

More details in the full report linked below...

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WSJ: FBI Can Remotely Activate the Microphone on Android Devices
Steve - August 5, 2013 at 6:32am
Yes, that why I cannot find any antivirus app at my iTunes or AppStore. But at my bro s4 I find many anti virus. Samgooglesuck, we must admit it :)
Apple certified 9yrs - August 5, 2013 at 2:23am
First thing I do with any new Apple device is bypass and de-activate the "seek block" feature to disable any govt. monitoring.It's a simple procedure that can be done to any device or laptop.
Emmy king - August 5, 2013 at 9:45am
How do you do that on new device?
philme - August 4, 2013 at 10:04pm
for all you iOS fan boys the FBI can hack into any cell phone and don't nee any imei number onec the battery is in the phone they can hack it.for you all info all phones that's made for the US there is chip in that give them that acess
Thoune - August 4, 2013 at 1:51am
FBI is smart enough to hack Android not iOS because most of international cyber crimes are made by those from Europe, esp England ... !!! Small dick and loser head !!!
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