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FBI Can Remotely Turn on Phone Microphones for Spying
In the wake of the NSA domestic spying scandal that broke in early June, TheBlaze got security tips from Gregg Smith, CEO of the mobile encryption company Koolspan, who mentioned cellphone microphones being turned on remotely if theyâ€™ve been compromised, allowing hackers to listen in on your calls.
The Wall Street Journal reported those familiar with the FBIâ€™s tactics said one of them includes being able to turn on a phoneâ€™s microphone remotely if it is running Googleâ€™s Android software. The unnamed U.S. official told WSJ that the same can be done with laptops to listen in to conversations.
TheBlaze previously reported that some apps too have turned on microphones to listen to ambient noise in order to gain information that could be used for better marketing. And of course there are those techniques hackers can use to turn on webcams and essentially take control of your whole computer....
Hmm, a lot of people just put masking tape over the cameras of the laptops and android devices. When you're using them perhaps you should have a good sermon such as The Roman Road, so in case someone is listening they can really benefit from it.