– Australians living and working in Jakarta are unwitting targets of a mobile phone tapping scam linked to the Indonesian Government.
A thriving business has developed in the Indonesian capital offering the phone tapping service.
For between $300 and $1000, a mobile phone will be stolen, often overnight, taken apart, and a device inserted that divert all calls and information to a third phone or computer. The phone is then returned to the relieved owner who continues to use it unaware that it is being bugged.
Information from the bugging can be accessed by intelligence services. “I have seen how it works, and I know of at least one Australian whose phone is being tapped, and he has no idea,” a source said.
Local authorities and the large Australian Federal Police contingent in Jakarta are aware of the scam but are powerless or, in the case of Indonesian police, unwilling to stop it.
A former agent of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, Warren Reed, said mobile phone tapping had been going on for years – Ian McPhedran


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