come to PrivaFone's attention that modern landline phones
(having embedded caller ID and speakerphone) can be turned
into listening devices by hardware that is engineered into
the phone. It long has been known that the "infinity
bug" can be installed in a landline phone which will
activate the microphone silently while the phone is on the
hook, which is activated by transmitting a sound or
electronic code to the bug before the phone can ring.
What is less well known is that all modern phones (at least
those having embedded caller ID & speakerphone) probably
have this functionality built into them, so that
governments can listen to what people say in the privacy of
their own homes and bedrooms without people being aware that
they are being bugged.
PrivaFone recently replaced our modern caller
ID-speakerphones with older 1980's technology which doesn't
have bugging devices built into it, and are quite
pleased with the security and voice quality of the phones.
During the process of replacing the phones, one of them was
disconnected from the phone line for a few hours, then
plugged back in. Within a minute we received a call
from someone that merely listened, then hung up.
Apparently the phone contacted an outside device on its own
after being plugged back in. It
is our opinion that modern phones should be considered
computers, which covertly can be connected to a server on
the outside through the POTS phone system, and turned into
listening devices silently and at will by a malicious third
this points to the need for phones that don't have bugging
technology built into them, and this is part of our business
model for future R&D for cellular and landline phones.