Your printer may have ears…

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Your printer may have ears…… and the ability to spy in on your mobile phone. Inspired by mobile phone towers disguised as trees and all manners of innocuous objects, a Berlin-based hacker-artist has devised an office printer that can listen in to private telephone conversations and text messages.

Part a prank, part art installation and part security awareness campaign, New Zealander Julian Oliver has turned a humble piece of office equipment into a listening device in order to highlight security shortcomings in the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM).

The best part? We think it’s the fact that the system has been programmed to play Stevie Wonder’s ‘I just called to say I love you’ when calling connected phones.