Disabling 'Roving Bug'

gladoscc

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Roving bugs allows someone to listen to the microphone of the device, even if it is turned off. I believe this does not operate in Airplane mode.

Roving bugs are built into the iPhone itself, I'm unsure if it is in the OS or if it is in the baseband. They're supposed to be for law enforcement, but it's also possible for telcos to use them, like in my case.

If it is in the OS, how do I disable it?
 
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scaredpoet

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Roving bugs are built into the iPhone itself, I'm unsure if it is in the OS or if it is in the baseband. They're supposed to be for law enforcement, but it's also possible for telcos to use them, like in my case.

If it is in the OS, how do I disable it?
If roving bugs truly existed in the iPhone, then something tells me they wouldn't be so easy to disable that we could just post the instructions in a forum like this and you just go and turn them off.

If you're that convinced they're there, then I'm afraid your only option is to not carry an iPhone.

Being Paranoid about surveillance and insisting on carrying a modern smartphone are mutually incompatible.
 

cynics

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I think consumers are to smart (developers, programmers, and engineers that tear these phones apart physically) for a roving bug or any sort of eavesdropping device to be snuck in.
 

gngan

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You don't have to make a lot of threads to prove yourself a fool. Maybe you just need some attention? I feel sorry for you.