Wiretapping isn’t a topic to wish away because governments, mobsters, and spouses want to get hold of critical information on your phone. Criminals would want to wiretap to steal crucial information like credit card numbers, governments to track criminal activities, and couples who want to discover if someone is cheating.
Politicians haven’t stayed away from the wiretapping topic.
In 2017, according to the NY Times, President Donald Trump accused the Obama administration of wiretapping his phones during the election campaigns. Surveillance through wiretapping didn’t start now as one may think.
Back in 1990, there was a severe leak of security info by an FBI official to Russia that led to the killing of American spies. Through Wiretapping, Robert P. Hanssen was identified as the culprit-according to the NY Times.
In this article, we take a look at:
- How phone tapping works.
- Signs to look out for on a tapped landline.
- What to do when you notice tapping.
How Does Phone Tapping Work?Wiretapping occurs when a listening device is hooked on the telephone system, thus exploiting the circuit system . The load created translates the electric circuit into a real conversation.
Tappers can install several switching stations on electrical cords(green and red copper wires) to create a circuit that listens in to incoming and outgoing voices.
How Do You Tell That There Is Wiretapping on Your Landline?
Background Noise 😡
You can know that someone is eavesdropping because of strange clicks originating from the background . Beeping and static sounds, as captured by the sound-bandwidth sensor, are other indicators of wiretapping.
Dial tones are another thing to watch out for though clever eavesdroppers will disable the microphone and only listen directly to a conversation.
Break-ins or Peculiar Burglaries 🧐
Wiretappers could break in to install a bug on your phone system . No one can doubt maliciousness when burglaries happen, and there is no loss of valuables.
It could be an opportunity for a burglar to plant a wiretap to your phone network.
Tampering 😵Broken seals on the phone box could be a sign that something wasn’t okay. Check the number of wires going in, and if they are more than two, do a more comprehensive check as the extra ones could be for wiretapping.
Signs Your Landline Phone is Tapped
The following are the signs on how to tell if your landline is tapped or if someone tracks, taps or monitors your cell phone:
Interference to Electronic Devices 🤳
Sound interference of electronic devices is one way of recognizing wiretapping. The best way to test if wiretapping is happening is by going close to an electronic device.
How to Identify Interference?
- Distortions when the phone is not in use. You often notice the distortions by more usage of data when your phone is in sleep mode.
- Squealing of radio when setting to mono, especially on the far end of the FM radio band frequencies.
- Interruption of tv broadcast frequencies.
Abnormal Battery Consumption by Your Landline ☎️
When a wiretapping software connects to a landline, it loses charge quickly because of an abnormal load. Background software that doesn’t go to sleep drains power fast. Another noticeable sign is batteries getting too hot within a short time.
When battery life drops without reason, that is a tell-tale sign that a background software could be recording all info.
Delayed Shut Down 🕹
A landline shut down powers off almost instantly, but if there is an unusual delay, there are high chances that a background software could be causing the dilatoriness. It is worse if a shut down doesn’t complete, which means there is a lodged program taking control.
A wiretapped landline will continue to display a backlight even after turning off. Stubborn backlights after the shutdown process could be a wiretap or other programs taking control of your telephone.
Landlines are consistent in the responses, but if there is a queer activity, you ought to find out the cause.
When a landline reboots without reason, that is a possibility that a third-party app is loading. You can tell that when lights go off the screen, and you haven’t even touched the phone.
Odd SMS 📲
Ever gotten a text message with contents that seem unconventional? If so, you ought to be keener because wiretapping could take the form of SMS commands.
Be concerned about random strings of letters and numbers coming from unknown numbers calling your phone.
An Increased Phone Bill 💳
A sharp increase in the bill could signify wiretapping. A wiretapped telephone will use data on the background leading to an abnormal bill.
Spy apps work by sending information servers accessed remotely hence using large bundles of data.
Unknown Handymen 🧰
If mysterious people show up at your doorstep claiming to be sent by your telephone service provider, do a verification from the utility truck provider. Make the phone calls using the original phone lines(or check call history) and not those provided by the unwelcome visitors.
If, by chance, they came from your phone company, stay on as they work. You could also ask questions to seek clarification about the ongoing installation and maintenance works. Alternatively, you can send your queries to their email address or make follow up phone calls.
What to Do if Your Landline Phone is Tapped
You have discovered wiretapping on your telephone line. What do you do?
Here is some advice: