Can You Hear Me Now?
"Cell phone users, beware. The FBI can listen to everything you say, even when the cell phone is turned off. A recent court ruling in a case against the Genovese crime family revealed that the FBI has the ability from a remote location to activate a cell phone and turn its microphone into a listening device that transmits to an FBI listening post, a method known as a "roving bug." [B]Experts say the only way to defeat it is to remove the cell phone battery." [/B
No not tin foil. Technology actually dates back to 1996, or earlier, when it came out in the Genovese crime family bust.
Yes, even with your cell phone off, it can still be listened to.. Old days of bugging are over, most all of us carry the bug with us..
Because modern handsets are miniature computers, downloaded software could modify the usual interface that always displays when a call is in progress. The spyware could then place a call to the FBI and activate the microphone–all without the owner knowing it happened.
The NSA has also inserted its code into Android’s operating system … bugging three-quarters of the world’s smartphones. And Google can apparently remotely turn on your phone’s camera and recorder at any time