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Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Cell phone stalking: how plausible?

Soulfader writes: "A story in the local paper caught my eye: Cell Phone Stalkers Still Terrorizing Families. I immediately envisioned a pack of flip phones with loud faceplates and obscene background images demanding money from a Sidekick at knifepoint, but it turns out that a few Tacoma families have been targeted for harassment, apparently through their cell phones: "The stalkers' alleged method involves hijacking mobile phones, turning them into eavesdropping devices and spy cameras and using the phones to send threatening voice mails and text messages — all by remote control." A related story offers vague ideas about how this might be done. I'm asking a wider, more technical audience: how feasible is this, really?

(Most Unfortunate Phrasing Award goes to the police spokesman: "One of our tech guys who should be looking for child porn has spent 50 hours doing nothing but this.")"

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