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Wiretapping of CDMA Phone Calls Possible

The chairman and chief executive of Qualcomm Inc., a U.S. wireless technology giant that developed and holds various licenses for code division multiple access (CDMA) technology for mobile telecommunications, admitted the technological possibility of wiretapping phone calls made via CDMA mobile systems. Qualcomm chairman Irwin Jacobs, in a recent interview with Yonhap News Agency at the company headquarters in San Diego, said it could be possible to wiretap CDMA mobile phone calls as there is no way to completely block wiretapping threats of intercepted wireless conversations. However, he said apart from time division multiple access (TDMA) technology that can easily be eavesdropped on with bugging scanners, it can be said that the CDMA technology, which uses codes to transmit conversations, is much safer from wiretapping during wireless segment of its transmission. But conversely, this means that mobile phone calls can still be wiretapped during the fixed-line, or wired, sections of calls between base stations. Full Story

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