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Bugging Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    bug n
  1. general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate
  2. a fault or defect in a system or machine [syn: glitch]
  3. a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly
  4. insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis [syn: hemipterous insect, hemipteran, hemipteron]
  5. a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use [syn: microbe, germ] v
  6. annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer" [syn: tease, badger, pester, beleaguer]
  7. tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information; "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?" [syn: wiretap, tap, intercept] [also: bugging, bugged]
Bugging Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Bugging'


A covert listening device, more commonly known as a bug or a wire, is usually a combination of a miniature radio transmitter with a microphone. The use of bugs, called bugging, is a common technique in surveillance, espionage and in police investigations.

A bug does not have to be a device specifically designed for the purpose of eavesdropping. For instance, with the right equipment, it is possible to remotely activate the microphone of cellular phones, even when a call is not being made, to listen to conversations in the vicinity of the phone.

Mobile phone (cell phone) microphones can be activated remotely, without any need for physical access.

In 2003 the FBI obtained a court order to surreptitiously listen in on conversations in a car, through the car's built-in emergency and tracking security system. A panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals prohibited the use of this technique because it involved deactivating the device's security features.

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  • Polish PM survives vote of confidence over bugging scandal
    Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Wednesday survived a vote of confidence in his coalition amid a high-profile bugging scandal that has prompted calls for his centre-right government to resign. The Polish news magazine Wprost first dropped a bomb when it released a secret recording of the central bank chief purportedly telling the interior minister he would sup Read more on this news related to 'Bugging'
  • Kremlin snuffs out last avenues of dissent for Putin foes
    House raids, bugging devices, threats, violence and demeaning posters are just a few things Vladimir Putin's critics have faced while trying to run for city parliament in the Russian capital. Two years after President Putin was elected for a historic third term - facing mass protests in Moscow where less than half of the population voted for him - the Kremlin Read more on this news related to 'Bugging'
  • Bugging Out: Their Own Space in a Mega-City
    Seoul's mayor wants to make the city greener and more livable. His answer? Insect hotels. Read more on this news related to 'Bugging'

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