At 07:21 AM 12/2/2006, Perry E. Metzger wrote:


   The FBI appears to have begun using a novel form of electronic
   surveillance in criminal investigations: remotely activating a
   mobile phone's microphone and using it to eavesdrop on nearby

   The technique is called a "roving bug," and was approved by top
   U.S. Department of Justice officials for use against members of a
   New York organized crime family who were wary of conventional
   surveillance techniques such as tailing a suspect or wiretapping

This technique was pioneered by some criminals (drug, I think) that would 'forget' their cell phones in police cars to they could listen in on them.

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