The FBI can remotely activate the microphones for phones running Google's Android software to re

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  • FartPipe 3 Aug 2013 08:40:26 5,258 posts
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    The FBI can remotely activate the microphones for phones running Google's Android software to record conversations (worldwide)

    Frightening shit.

    [edit] Sorry the title didn't fit in the header.

    /noob

    Edited by OptimusPube at 08:42:32 03-08-2013
  • sport 3 Aug 2013 09:04:30 13,477 posts
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    Why FBI, why??
  • mothercruncher 3 Aug 2013 09:08:57 11,849 posts
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    That's it, I'm going off grid. Enjoy your XBone's people!

  • Slint1000 3 Aug 2013 09:09:41 3,105 posts
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    I'm glad I bought myself a nice new tinfoil hat in the sales yesterday
  • Razz 3 Aug 2013 09:11:06 62,762 posts
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    Android 4.3 comes with SELunix, which the NSA had large part in creating.
  • elstoof 3 Aug 2013 10:09:40 13,745 posts
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    I think they remotely activated my toilet flush last night. Either that or the cistern is on the blink again.
  • MrTomFTW Best Moderator, 2015 3 Aug 2013 10:24:59 44,341 posts
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    The dog next door is barking all my secrets via morse code. They don't think I realise, but I know!
  • Deleted user 3 August 2013 10:40:59
    Slint1000 wrote:
    I'm glad I bought myself a nice new tinfoil hat in the sales yesterday
    I don't want to be alarmist, but this whole series of news really is beyond tinfoil hat territory.
  • PeacockDreams 3 Aug 2013 12:49:08 202 posts
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    I don't want to be alarmist but..... WOO WOO WOO WOO WOO WOO WOO WOO WOO

    /gets coat
  • SirScratchalot 3 Aug 2013 13:04:02 7,900 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    Android 4.3 comes with SELunix, which the NSA had large part in creating.
    It's open source though, unlike say windows you can actually look at what is in there, and people do. I'd be far more worried about the closed sourced OSes and the manufacturers additions to phones rather than SELinux.
  • oceanmotion 3 Aug 2013 13:27:06 16,760 posts
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    They don't flick a switch, they have to actually hack the device with malware or whatever first.

    /posted from tin foil lair.
  • Spong 3 Aug 2013 13:31:12 525 posts
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    Slint1000 wrote:
    I'm glad I bought myself a nice new tinfoil hat in the sales yesterday
    Which is exactly what they want you to do.
  • Lamb 3 Aug 2013 14:36:42 604 posts
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    Tinfoil doesnt do anything I believe you actually need lead or porcelain.
  • Razz 3 Aug 2013 14:39:49 62,762 posts
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    Yeah but they're heavy
  • Ged42 3 Aug 2013 14:45:18 7,985 posts
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    /Puts toilet on head and climbs into lead lined fridge.
  • spamdangled 3 Aug 2013 14:49:44 29,093 posts
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    Oh no! Now the FBI can work out what my partner and I are thinking of having for dinner! The humanity!
  • elstoof 3 Aug 2013 15:12:40 13,745 posts
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    Saves them having to check your posting activity on the forum at least.
  • TheHammerite 3 Aug 2013 15:16:35 2,305 posts
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    edit: that was unnecessary.

    Edited by MrTomFTW at 15:28:16 03-08-2013
  • spamdangled 3 Aug 2013 15:43:51 29,093 posts
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    @TheHammerite

    I'm a cunt because I'm not absolutely horrified or shocked by any of this?

    Perhaps I'm just a realist.

    Shame, because I think you're just lovely, but I guess you won't be wanting that romantic evening meal now. And I'll have to cancel the bouquet of roses too now :(

    Edited by darkmorgado at 16:02:16 03-08-2013
  • spamdangled 3 Aug 2013 15:44:10 29,093 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Saves them having to check your posting activity on the forum at least.
    There is that :D

    I do find it slightly amusing that after all the talk and paranoia about how Android is so easily hackable and dangerous by criminals, it turns out that it's actually the biggest government in the world that is the one to be most concerned about getting into your phone.

    Not that a tiny bit of it is in the least bit surprising (I think anyone who thinks internet activity, emails and phone calls aren't being surveilled is pretty naive). If anything I'm more surprised that other people are surprised.

    You'd particularly think the conspiracy paranoiacs were already well-prepared for this eventuality anyway.

    Edited by darkmorgado at 15:49:13 03-08-2013
  • elstoof 3 Aug 2013 15:48:23 13,745 posts
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    It's refreshing to see so many people on the forum with their eyes open today, refusing to swallow the shit that The Man keeps trying to shovel down their throats. Keep searching the honest search for those truth bombs my brothers.
  • neilka 3 Aug 2013 16:17:23 18,134 posts
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    This kind of thing is why I spend 24 hours a day screaming at the top of my lungs despite my neighbours' complaints.
  • pacrifice 3 Aug 2013 18:56:27 2,404 posts
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    Remember how life was so much more simpler when we were all really really hoping the next ps2 game included a 60 hz mode....

    /sigh, nostalgia. Those days are long gone.
  • mal 3 Aug 2013 22:49:30 25,522 posts
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    So the FBI's only doing what hackers can already do? Who'da thunk it?

    And the thing about open source security is you still need to trust whoever's supplying your software. Say you spot the security bug that's allowing hackers in, and submit a patch to google. Say that's also the government mandated backdoor in the OS. What are the odds Google are going to apply your patch to shipping product?
  • Rodderz 3 Aug 2013 23:16:00 2,159 posts
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    Slint1000 wrote:
    I'm glad I bought myself a nice new tinfoil hat in the sales yesterday
    Lamb wrote:
    Tinfoil doesnt do anything I believe you actually need lead or porcelain.
    Razz wrote:
    Yeah but they're heavy
    How about a fetching hat that'll make Sir look like a grandiose giant phallus and protects against the nasty brainwave snoopers?

  • Jacksie66 4 Aug 2013 01:02:45 588 posts
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    This another handicaped conspiracy theory from some fat dope living in his mothers cellar. There seems to be a conspiracy theory for everything these days...
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