An anonymous reader writes: I'm posting this anonymously, but it's something that has happened that has shacked me up a bit. A close friend of mine was in a confrontation with a boyfriend, who turned out used to work for the US Department of Defense. Apparently he has friends in the secret service that does work for groups that investigate things such as counter-terrorism.
His friend suspected her of cheating on him, and had a log of all her text messages and confronted her with it. It's an embarrassing situation with a lot of drama, to say the least, so she has no intention of exposing him. But what has basically happened was that this person was able to arrange a friend who is in a government agency to perform a full wire tap. He pulled a picture that she had sent someone from nearly 3 months before he'd even known her. At first I was quite skeptical that it was even a possibility. I was under the clear impression that he had somehow managed to get into her phone physically, and simply read her messages, but it wasn't the case.
My question to Slashdot is, does the general public know how easily the powers the US government has in monitoring and in this case abusing her rights? I was completely shocked to find this out, and I've been relatively in tune with the technical and security-related media and have never heard of this happening. How much trouble can this person get into for doing this? What agency would be responsible for perusing this person for committing what i feel is a crime against all parties involved 4th amendment rights. If I've -EVER- had a push to take personal encryption serious, this is it. AT&T was the carrier, iPhone was the device and the persons phone wasn't even in her own name, it was under another parties. I've inspected the phone and have found zero evidence of tampering.
Apparently this person has confessed to the same person he did this to that this is the same way he managed to catch his ex-wife cheating, and he has serious trust issues at this point and has done it a few times since he started dating. How wide-spread is this practice? Does the media have any idea how easily these monitoring technologies can be abused?