What does it take to listen in on a GSM phone signal?
August 24, 2007 7:10 AM Subscribe
Is it possible to listen in on a GSM cell phone conversation? Don't worry, I'm not planning anything illegal. I'm just wondering if a certain service provider's denials
are on the level.
posted by micketymoc to Technology (9 answers total)
In our country's elections last 2004, an audio snippet of our President talking to an elections officer
made its way to the 'Net.
These days, a senator claims he knows how rogue intelligence agents split the signal to listen in; the service provider's spokesman claims
that “special equipment is needed for it and we do not have that. Not just anybody can get that because it is highly restricted equipment (and) presumably very expensive. Whoever did the eavesdropping had access to such equipment, but not us.”
Who's right? The senator, or the spokesman? Let's assume someone actually did
manage to tap the President's GSM signal - what did that "someone" do? How difficult is it, really?