ABC News is reporting a story that claims the FBI can access and control a cellphone that is turned off, activate its microphone and transmit any audio it picks up to a FBI listening post.
While these claims sound a little bit farfetched so did Project Echelon when I first read about it.
I know you can often issue serial AT commands to mobile devices and the list of functions you can execute remotely is usually startlingly long. But, I’m not familiar with a way to wake a mobile device from being powered off and operate it in a clandestine state.
I hope we can have discussions at eTel about the growing threats to privacy in the telecom space and what people think we can/should be doing.