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Are Your Cell Phone Calls Private? No, they're not.

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by SayWhat?, May 6, 2013.

  1. May 6, 2013 #1 of 17
    SayWhat?

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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/04/telephone-calls-recorded-fbi-boston
     
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    trh

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    I've assumed for years that anything that is broadcast via airwaves is being intercepted by somebody. And people laugh at my tin foil hat.
     
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    yosoyellobo

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    Where did you get your first tin foil hat? I got mind at Walmart.:)
     
  4. May 6, 2013 #4 of 17
    Nick

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    For years I've assumed that all my electronic communications were either being monitored by an automated program such as Echelon or Rendition, either in real time or cached for future review. Further, I've considered that certain key words, whether spoken or transmitted, such as "bomb", "gun", or "attack", as well as hundreds of other words would be flagged for human review. Whether on a cell, landline or typed, I consider all my communications to be subject to govt and or private monitoring. Now where is my tinfoil hat?
     
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    PCampbell

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    Like this post.
     
  6. May 6, 2013 #6 of 17
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    Seems like the folks so inclined to overwhelm the system could organize themselves somewhat and just start using words on the list as synonyms for more prosaic activities. One might also speculate a second generation attempt at overwhelming the system, and provoking the guv'mint into investigating itself, would be to sprinkle the conversations already spiced up with the 'words' from the list with the names of congress critters, administrators, and bureaucrats.
     
  7. May 6, 2013 #7 of 17
    trh

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    Walmart? Surely you jest. Not since they started using RFID chips have I been in a Walmart. :rolling:
     
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    SayWhat?

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    ^Are those Bar-B-Que or Salt & Vinegar?
     
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    yosoyellobo

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    I actually got my first tin foil hat at the old Five and Dime but was a shame to say so.:)
     
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    Yep, but the tinfoil hats I used to wear act like an antenna which I fear would lead to worse WiFi Side Effects. So I use a lead lined hat available from these folks:

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    Corner Ben Franklin 5 & 10 cent store
     
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    Woolworth's Five-n-Dime didn't carry them in my town, so we had to make our own, unfortunately out of aluminum foil.....
     
  13. kc1ih

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    It used to be worse, you could hear cell phone calls on a common Radio Shack or Bearcat scanner. Even after it was outlawed it was common knowledge which diode to cut to enable the cell-phone frequencies. After it all went digital it requires more expertise but I'm sure it can still be done.
     
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    Only the ones you make yourself are trustworthy, anyway.
     
  15. dpeters11

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    It used to be worse, you could hear cell phone calls on a common Radio Shack or Bearcat scanner. Even after it was outlawed it was common knowledge which diode to cut to enable the cell-phone frequencies. After it all went digital it requires more expertise but I'm sure it can still be done.


    Go back far enough, you might have a neighbor listening on the party line, land line.
     
  16. wingrider01

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    Had 4 other families on the original party line, was interesting sometimes
     
  17. Herdfan

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    We used to do that on the way to NASCAR races. We would listen to cell conversations on the scanner that I would use at the track. Of course back then most cell phones were attached to cars.
     

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