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The FBI can remotely activate laptop and Android microphones with spyware

By Jesse ยท 21 replies
Aug 2, 2013
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  1. The Feds are taking advantage of techniques more typically associated with malicious hackers to collect information on suspects, leveraging tools that can bring the traditional wiretap up to speed with the always-connected digital age.

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  2. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 157   +15

    If they are doing their job to protect citizenship from criminality, why not?
  3. So Apple products are safer than Androids in this example?
  4. roxxas2

    roxxas2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 65   +22

    WINDOWS PHONES are the safest phones, believe it or not.
  5. Just curious...what do you base this information on?
  6. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 798   +318

    Wrong again. I think you'll find the safest phone is the Nokia 5210.
  7. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    Just wrap your mobile device in tinfoil when not in use.
  8. To those that don't know... anyone can.. with spyware...
  9. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 451   +21

    Note to self: leave phone in other room when looking up terrific crime pornography organised by children...
    wastedkill likes this.
  10. Just as a small but important correction: it is called child abuse or child exploitation. The use of the word porn in relation to children is highly inappropriate, as it implies consent. No children would, given they have full understanding of what is happening to them, consent to being sexually assaulted, molested or otherwise interfered with...
  11. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    I would rather have them activate my phone when I'm watching a bloody murder scene with lots of screams and gunshots...
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  12. distantreality

    distantreality TS Enthusiast Posts: 58   +7

    Safest without any electronic devices but that is if you are up to no good...if your not doing anything wrong you most likely have nothing to worry about
  13. When scientist will figure out how to turn off gene responsible for dominance ? (ps. if he won't be killed for doing so in the first place)
  14. If I understand this correctly (and I think I might not) it has no relevance whatsoever to the subject in hand?:confused:
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,169   +3,261

    If I understand correctly, it has everything to do with the subject. Without the dominance gene, there would be less fighting to be the dominate percentage of the worlds population. Therefor minimizing the need for surveillance at all.
  16. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Goverments wont stop surveillance at all would they tho they are just suprieme pedo's that love child porn
  17. No, you are confusing security with dominance, these are separate things (I like the first but shun the second).
  18. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 833   +411

    This has been possible essentially since TCP/UDP were developed. Remote control over a device is not a new concept and certainly isn't difficult. With a bit of research, a kid with access to the internet and a smartphone could develop their own remote control tool, albeit with a few less features and probably less stealthy, but google works pretty well.
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,169   +3,261

    Dominance is the driving factor behind crime. Without crime, there would be no need for security. If you can't see this then there is no hope for your soul. We were created as equals for a reason, we were not meant to fight amongst ourselves. But the so called dominance jean has always caused security conflicts, which result in the need for governing surveillance of all kinds.

    The question here is how far personal privacy will allow governing surveillance, before laws are put in place to protect personal privacy of the innocent. The so called dominance gene is the foundation behind these conflicts.
  20. There is no "dominance gene", that's a bunch of baloney invented by simpletons, it has no scientific basis whatsoever.
  21. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,986   +2,878

    Yeah that's because hardly anyone uses one and those who do tend to be dull boring people not worth spying on :-D
  22. spencer

    spencer TS Addict Posts: 202   +22

    not to rain on your parade...but if the fbi don't have tools to get into windows devices then the CIA DHS and TSA do; Infact I bet microsoft helps; you see microsoft gets to keep your data too just as the gman does (back door deal) and it's not only microsoft it's almost all tech companies that have your info much like cookies for everything

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