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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Family Reportedly Stalked Via Cell Phone

A family claims that a hacker is stalking them through their camera phones, using the microphones in the phones to listen, and the cameras to watch them. They say that even when they turn the phones off, the hacker can turn them back on. This story SOUNDS BOGUS to me because 1) the stalker's voice sounds like a little kid; 2) they could just remove the batteries on their phones for the short-term solution or get new phones or a new carrier for a long-term solution; 3) cameras in phones can't "watch you" unless someone is actively pointing the camera at you; and 4) it's FOX News reporting it. I think the family is being socially engineered, rather than hacked, "punk'd," rather than stalked. Ignorant, poorly researched scare mongering makes good television. And the Symantec expert does his bit, walking that fine line between sounding credible and aiding and abetting fear over the idea of carrying a cell phone unprotected by Symantec products. Here comes the VIDEO!!

Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, lovely Symantec soft sales soap. Where would the virus writing world be without them? Nowhere probably.

Sunday, June 24, 2007 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

One gets the feeling while hearing his comments that he'd really like to say, "come on -- this is all very unlikely," but he knows fear sells security software, so he plays along.

Mike

Sunday, June 24, 2007 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The main guy in the story said less then 10 words. The reporter put words in his mouth and he didn't really respond. While some of the stuff reported is possible, I get that we have no idea what the real story is. Why were they out of time so quickly. What else does a 24 hour news source have to do? It's another example of something being "news" only because they say it is. Every news outlet does it... CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS... Ugh. I hate that!!!

Sunday, June 24, 2007 6:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting to note that the Symantec rep was asked specific questions and replied with a vague answer, "it's a computer on your hip..." He never actually answered the questions.

Sunday, June 24, 2007 7:27:00 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Exactly. The right thing for him to say would have been, "well, yes, it's all theoretically possible -- but so is winning three lotteries on the same day. It's just very, very, very unlikely. Unfortunately, that attitude doesn't sell software.

Mike

Monday, June 25, 2007 9:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Humm, if you want to hear about it from the users. Try this url

WBUR.org Hear and Now

http://tinyurl.com/2g4f5x

Monday, June 25, 2007 1:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see you have a anti-FoxNews bias going on. If you keep up this new left-wing nutjob stuff, you won't convince anyone to come to your side, you'll just lose audience. For example, if you like CNN, and I call it the Jihad Network, you'll tune me out. You liberals are pretty darn stupid, aren't cha? (You're thinking...darn, I'd better become a Republican so I won't be called names!)

Friday, July 20, 2007 6:39:00 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

***** I see you have a anti-FoxNews bias going on. *****

On the contrary, I was actually *ON* Fox news yesterday talking about this very subject.

Mike

Friday, July 20, 2007 6:47:00 AM  
Anonymous elle said...

SOOOO maybe you should do your research before saying it is not possible...because IT IS. how would you know anyway? and im sure everyone is taking your opinion into consideration. :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:52:00 PM  

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