FBI potentially has ability to listen in on microphones on Android devices and remotely access user data

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Some recent documents have emerged that detail a few slightly invasive things the FBI can do to access Android devices, and it’s some pretty scary stuff. Apparently, in an effort to keep up with criminals and technology, the FBI has developed a few techniques that blur ethical boundaries, including developing software that basically acts like malware to mine data from computers, as well as some technology that would allow them to remotely activate the microphone on a laptop or Android device without user knowledge. PRISM part 2, anyone?

Naturally, no parties involved have publicly said anything about any of these documents or accusations. A former US official did say that these techniques were generally only used in cases related to terrorism or child pornography, so there’s really no reason to think the FBI wants to listen in on your phone calls to make plans with your buddies for the weekend. Still, though, the potential is there, and that’s a pretty scary thought, especially with all the privacy concerns that have been leaking all over the internet every week. Rule of thumb: if you don’t want anyone to find out about it, don’t use your phone to tell others about it. Better safe than sorry, right?

source: Wall Street Journal

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