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Hardware Hacking

+ - Cell phone stalking: how plausible?

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Soulfader
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.")"

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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