I just watched Hacking Cisco Phones: Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean your phone isn't listening to everything you say, an excellent presentation by Ang Cui and Michael Costello at 29C3. I particularly liked that they coined the term "funtenna" to describe the potential capability of malware using the off-hook switch in a VoIP phone as an antenna to transmit data over RF.
With Ang and Michael's approval, I would like to formalize the definition of "funtenna" a bit: A funtenna is an antenna that was not intended by the designer of the system to be an antenna, particularly when used as an antenna by an attacker. In the case of the Cisco phone, the funtenna could be used to transmit data from the phone. In certain systems, it may be possible to use a funtenna to receive radio signals as well. (I even know of some people working on a way to inject data into an untouched device using nothing but a high power radio signal; it is a very limited capability but theoretically possible.) The field of emission security studies unintentional radio emissions that leak data, and I would call any radiating element (a cable with poor shielding, for example) that leaks useful or sensitive information a funtenna.
Whenever I crack open an electronic device for the first time, I now look for potential funtennas. Maybe you will too. :-)