According to data released out of a mob trial, the FBI may have
the ability to record conversations remotely from a mobile phone
when it's not even making calls. Dubbed a roving bug, the phone
can be remotely hacked to turn its microphone on and send audio
data directly to the FBI. No model numbers or carriers were
mentioned. Even more amazing is that the phone doesn't even have
to be switched on.
According to the recent court ruling by U.S. District Court
Judge Lewis Kaplan, "The device functioned whether the phone was
powered on or off, intercepting conversations within its range
wherever it happened to be."