FBI Uses Mics on Android Phones for Wiretapping

If you use your Android device as a microphone to make recordings for interviews, you may want to think twice if you want to keep your sources private. According to reports, the FBI is using software to remotely turn Android devices into wiretapping devices.

Taking their cue from hackers who use malicious links and spyware to hack into other people’s computers, it is becoming a regular practice for law enforcement to turn a user’s device into a spying tool.

The Wall Street Journal has the story:

The FBI develops some hacking tools internally and purchases others from the private sector. With such technology, the bureau can remotely activate the microphones in phones running Google Inc.’s Android software to record conversations, 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.