FBI Can Activate Your Android Phone’s Mic Remotely

The law enforcement agencies over here in the U.S. are being accused of breaking into individual’s privacy for long. However, a new report states that FBI went one step ahead and started listening people’s conversation by remotely activating Android Phone and Notebook’s Microphone using hacking technique.
Android Device from VerizonOver the last couple years the agency has been seeking court orders to track suspicious individuals and that number is growing rapidly. Various court documents and interviews with different individuals involved with FBI’s such program reveals the increasing usage of sophisticated equipments, reports The Wall Street Journal.

As usual, the FBI spokesperson has declined to make any comment on this recent accusation.

It is being reported that FBI is developing their own hacking tools and also purchasing others from the private sectors. However, investigation reveals that FBI can remotely activate popular Android device’s microphone to listen to the users. Android devices are powered by Google’s open source mobile operating system and currently it holds a large mobile OS market share worldwide.

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.

Source: WSJ

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