Friday August 02, 2013

FBI Taps Hacker Tactics to Spy on Suspects

The Wall Street Journal claims that the government can spy on you by remotely activating the microphone on your Android phone or your laptop. Hackers have been doing this forever, it's just creepier knowing Uncle Same does it now too.

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 GOOG -0.13% 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.

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