I have seen the future, and it is monitored
Today, if I wanted to perform surveillance against a target, I would tap his phone line. In the very old days I would physically attach to phone lines, but these days I work with the telephone company to obtain electronic access. The telcom is a service provider and as such is subject to CALEA, which mandates providing various snooping capabilities for LEA use.
Also today, and definitely tommorow, targets are using VoIP. VoIP can be monitored by watching broadband lines, but "tapping a line" is not sufficient.
At the TaoSecurity blog.
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