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Discussion in 'Beginner Electronics' started by Susan, Jan 14, 2007.

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  1. Susan

    Susan Guest

    Hello guys!

    Where can I read about a cell to cell wiretap?

    Thanks.
     
  2. PeterD

    PeterD Guest

    Google?

    Or you might try clarifying what you want to know? Are you asking how
    to tap a cell phone to cell phone conversation? Or how to tap a
    specific cell in a (lead-acid) battery? Or what?
     
  3. Susan

    Susan Guest

    Hello PeterD.

    I did a google. I only need to be able to detect a cell to cell tap on
    a CDMA phone. Any bright ideas?
     
  4. PeterD

    PeterD Guest

    So you want to detect if someone has tapped your cell-to-cell
    conversations?

    The days when any phone taps could be 'detected' are long gone. In
    digital communications, a tap would be invisible, only the system
    would know and it won't tell anyone without proper authorization. Nor
    (I hope!) would the 'system' allow any third party to tap without
    proper court authorization.

    Your next best thing is to either encrypt with a secondary layer of
    encryption (possible using headphone jack input/output) or find
    another method of communications.

    No, repeat NO communications are secure today. Taps cannot be
    detected, only reported by the system.
     
  5. Susan

    Susan Guest

    PeterD,

    I read somewhere that there is a chip that people can put in my cell
    phone ( the cell went missing for a few days ) which would allow them
    to only listen in to my cell phone conversations on their cell phones
    and still let them make normal call from their phones.

    If this happend to my cell phone , how can i detect it ?

    Please advice.
     
  6. PeterD

    PeterD Guest

    As in: "It must be true, I read it on the Internet"? <g>

    Susan, I really think you are worried about nothing, or you have
    everything to worry about. I'm not sure which it is however. I don't
    know your personal circumstances, so it is hard to tell.

    As to putting a tapping device into a modern cell phone, though
    technically possible there are some serious limitations and problems.
    Take a common flip phone: in that phone is an incredible amoutn of
    equipment, a digital cell phone, a digital camera (usually), a
    computer/display system, battery and a lot of other stuff. There is
    little room for additional equipment or parts.

    Let's say someone did do it however (after all, nothing is
    impossible). They'd have to be within a reasonable distance from your
    phone itself to pick up your conversations. They'd have to follow you
    around if you are mobile! Not trivial, even law enforcement won't do
    this unless it is very high stakes.

    Let's say you have a legit reason to worry. (And you are not a big
    time drug dealer). Do you have insurance on your phone? If so drop it
    as many times as necessary to make it not work. Get a new phone.
    Whatever was in the old phone is now gone. No phone insurance? Get a
    new phone! I"ve seen outright purchase prices under $100 for basic
    models, and many cell phone stores will wheel and deal to get you as a
    customer, even to the extent of getting you a used but serviceable
    phone. You might be out of pocket in that case maybe a $25 activation
    fee, but not much more.

    FWIW, those who wonder how this type of thing is really done, in many
    phones it is possible to disassemble the battery pack, put in a 'bug'
    and a physically smaller battery pack and fit it all back together.
    This is one reason why the newer phones which use bare batteries are
    less vunerable to this type of abuse.

    Regardless if someone does this to you, they are spending big money
    and time on this and your phone is probably only one of many bugs that
    you have collected around you.
     
  7. Coyoteboy

    Coyoteboy Guest

    :D go on, feed her paranoia :D
     
  8. PeterD

    PeterD Guest

    We aim to please...
     
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