Think about it, you are with your friend at your home or restaurant and talking something. You will be completely clueless about the fact that your conversation is secretly being heard through your Android smartphone. Obviously, the phone does not have a feature that will automatically start reporting everything you talk to the police but it can happen because of a secretly installed malware.
Through the malware, people can secretly keep an eye on you and copy the data present on your phone. Sounds scary, right? Can you guess who is doing that? It is the Federal Bureau of Investigation who is doing it without the consent of the owner of Android device. The same kinds of tools that are used by hackers to spy and hack are being used by federal agencies to collect information on suspicious people. The fact was reported by the Wall Street Journal.
In order to spy on any person in this way, it is necessary to produce a court order. Also, if the suspect is tech-savvy, this method of spying on him will not work. As mentioned above, the phone will start sharing information with the FBI only after the phone is infected by a malware. So, if a person clicks on malicious link or downloads the attachment and launches it, the malware will get installed on the phone. By the way, people who are tech-savvy will never click on such links or perform downloads from unreliable sources.
A former official from FBI expressed his views by saying that the FBI generally does not use such a method. FBI only uses it tackle organized crime, terrorism and child porn. The reason why FBI is trying to secretly monitor by using hacking tools on our phones is because nowadays criminals are making use of tech products and since they are using the latest technologies, it becomes difficult to trace them.
The hacking tools used by FBI are either made by the agency itself or they purchased from private firms. The malware gets secretly installed on Android phone and it automatically activates the microphone and starts recording.
Until now this fact was kept secret but we don’t know how people are going to react to it once they come to know about it. In the recent past, hacking done by FBI has increased and they are after receiving court’s order. To spy on suspect, FBI can also use the inbuilt camera on the PC or laptop to snap photos without letting them know about it.
FBI only resorts to this option of spying when they do not have any other option to trace the criminals. Tech experts at FBI end install the malware remotely and collect data. Apart from making the suspect click on a shady link, the malware can also be installed through physical access and USB pendrive. FBI has set up a dedicated team that filters out only relevant data and only after checking for relevancy the details are then passed on to the investigating team.