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Windows 7: Can a computer eavesdrop?

28 Oct 2008   #1
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
Can a computer eavesdrop?

A new spying lawsuit asks "can computers eavesdrop?"

The Electronic Frontier Foundation Thursday opened what attorney Kevin Bankston called the "second front in our battle to stop the NSA's illegal surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans," with a lawsuit targeting top administration officials who approved or implemented the National Security Agency's program of warrantless surveillance. At the heart of the suit is a surprising and complex question that legal experts say remains radically unsettled: Can a computer eavesdrop?

Read more at the source.

Later Ted

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30 Oct 2008   #2


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Can a computer eavesdrop?
Yes. If it has ears
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30 Oct 2008   #3

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Looks like that computer has ears. You can see the ears/computer interface. Definitely an invasion of privacy IMHO. On the flip side, anyone who thinks their emails or cell phones are private is fooling themselves. Don't send anything in an email or say over any kind of portable phone that you wouldn't say in public. I can hear one of my neighbors phone conversations over the radio when conditions are right (or wrong).

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03 May 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64

crazy crazy.. yes they've been listening in for a long time.
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04 May 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Don't forget that you can use the ear-lobes as a floating device

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09 May 2009   #6

Windows 7 x64 / Same

Considering that the FBI can use the microphone in your cell phone to listen in to the surroundings, anything is possible.
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10 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ult x64

If a computer used by the NSA can't eavesdrop then I guess the NSA must be philosophically committed to the notion that a computer can't infringe copyright either? (It's OK, I'm wearing my tinfoil hat hehe)
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