Don't know if this still applies today but years ago a legal tap beeped every so many seconds so you knew the line was tapped. A friend bought everything he needed to do an illegal tap on his phone at Radio Shack. Busted his wife and a good friend. Go to R.S. and find out what you need to dectect a tap.
John, your right, a legal, over the counter, recording or listening device is supposed to beep, or even give a message that the conversation is being recorded. Covert wiretaps don't do this, they are totally annonomous, thus, the reason for the neccessary court order to be able to install by law enforcement or security agencies.
Posts: 8197 From: Salinas, CA Registered: Jan 2000
Yes, we are tapping your phone. We are in a van parked outside your house. Yes, the black one. If you are done with that pizza, do you think we could get a couple slices out here? It's cold and we're kinda hungry. Thanks.
Posts: 7661 From: Mattawan, MI Registered: Nov 2000
Hey Jason! Depends... Do you suspect your wiring in the house? Then look it over real carefully, especially the TAP BOX outside the house... The tap box is the transition from telco to home wiring, and an easy place to hade taps... crash...
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Posts: 4063 From: State of insanity...moved in and comfortably numb... Registered: Jun 2001
For those of you unaware, the government - yes our beloved government, records every phone conversation in the United States and runs the conversations against dictionary searches for key words using Cray supercomputers. This has been in place since the late 50's early 60's. They get away with it by having other countries do the monitoring for them so they "technically" aren't infringing on privacy rights. So when you think your all alone remeber, Big Brother is watching.
Rob, i was about to add what you did. I've heard that as well, that our conversations are recorded and such. I'm sure that they do it with email too. it really wouldn't be hard to do. i'd advise that if you have any communication that you need to keep private, use PGP encryption on your email. I haven't heard that the government has been able to crack it yet.
Posts: 38424 From: Carrollton GA. Out in the... country. Registered: Oct 1999
Originally posted by chester: For those of you unaware, the government - yes our beloved government, records every phone conversation in the United States and runs the conversations against dictionary searches for key words using Cray supercomputers...
I have heard it referred to as "Echelon". I've been hearing rumors about it for 4-5 years. Not meant as a flame, but I don't see how this is possible, from a technical standpoint. I have been in telecommunications for over 20 years, and have seen no evidence of any such activity. The "man" would have to have a point of presence (place to connect) somewhere in the phone system, and a way to get the traffic from that phone system to wherever they're doing the crunching. To monitor a single line, or a select few, would be a cakewalk. To monitor all of them would be physically impossible. We are only now developing the technology that would make monitoring even a portion of all the phone calls possible. My point is, there would have to be a target. You can't just record everyting.
Carnivore is another thing altogether. The FBI has supposedly "requested" a point of presence with all the major ISPs. AFAIK, they can selectively look at any email that they want. They might even be crunching all of it, although I doubt it. I suspect they are also being selective.
No flame but the thought that the government really cares what everyone is saying all the time is rediculous. Now, if you take corp., thats a different story. Just for market research alone they would love to hear it all. But as the above says, it is impossible and impractical. Big brother is not watching you people, just keep doing what your doing. You can go on with your lives. Never knowing that the real "man" is God. Now he knows what your even thinking. Kind of scary huh? But then again, he has probably seen it all.
Suggest you go to Radio Shack and ask them.[/QUOTE]
Our RM told all of us to not tell people how to secretly set up recording devices or phone tapping equipment. She told us to tell you to talk to an attorney. We Radio Shack employees are sworn to secrecy But itís easy to figure out
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