Madison Ruppert: "FBI employs hackers, has software that can remotely activate cell phone, laptop microphones and more", EndTheLie.com, 02 August 2013.
"A new report reveals that the FBI directly employs multiple hackers who create custom surveillance software for the bureau, some of which is capable of remotely activating the microphones on cell phones and laptops, among other features." *
"Some of this software is capable of remotely activating microphones in the many smartphones running Google’s Android operating system and recording conversations, according to one former US official."
"It’s also important to note that the US government is now the world’s largest buyer of malware."
(* Emphasis added)