Stingray Cell Phone Surveillance Devices (Cell Site Simulators)
ABC11 (May 8th, 2017)
An investigative report on cell phone tracking devices known as Stingrays.
"state and federal authorities have been quietly investing millions of dollars acquiring clandestine mobile phone surveillance equipment in the past decade...little-known cousins of the Stingray cannot only track movements—they can also perform denial-of-service attacks on phones and intercept conversations. Since 2004, Harris has earned more than $40 million from spy technology contracts with city, state, and federal authorities in the US"
"Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. and in Southern California are using a device so secret that agencies are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement before they can buy or use it...Stingray-type devices trick a target's cell phone into connecting to it by masquerading as the strongest cell phone tower in the area...Stingrays sweep up personal cell phone and location information from more than just the target's cell phone. Stingrays collect data from hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of innocent bystanders, all at the same time...The signals sent by Stingray-type devices penetrate the walls of peoples' homes, forcing a phone to connect to it."
"Federal marshals have secretly used powerful cellphone surveillance tools to hunt nearly 6,000 suspects throughout the United States, according to newly-disclosed records in which the agency inadvertently identified itself as the nation’s most prolific known user of phone-tracking devices...The Marshals Service confirmed its use of the devices to USA TODAY only in the process of trying to keep it secret, rejecting a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of its log of cases in which agents had used stingrays."
"The Intercept has obtained a secret, internal U.S. government catalogue of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices used by the military and by intelligence agencies...The catalogue includes details on the Stingray...as well as Boeing 'dirt boxes' and dozens of more obscure devices that can be mounted on vehicles, drones, and piloted aircraft...the catalogue represents a trove of details on surveillance devices developed for military and intelligence purposes but increasingly used by law enforcement agencies to spy on people and convict them of crimes."
"Investigators had been concealing the technology from judges and defense lawyers"
"Another federal program called Triggerfish, when combined with Stingray, exposes the actual content of the cellphone conversations. It allows law-enforcement agencies to intercept up to 60,000 different cellular conversations over a targeted area. Add a few more features, and it can be used as a phone listening device to hear oral exchanges even when the phone is thought to be turned off."
Obama Admin Advises Police To Keep Covert Cell Phone Spying A Secret - Fox News: The Real Story (July 7th, 2014):
Local police dealt with company that makes controversial cellphone tracking technology - ABC 10 (August 5th, 2014): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14JLvYcDG-I
NSA Caught Installing Fake Cell Phone Towers Across America to Intercept Calls! - Mark Dice (September 6th, 2014): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1OvJ33ebwM
Valley cops using cell phone spying technology - FOX 10 Phoenix (October 6th, 2014): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ABoCtrhnBU
Erie County cell phone spying equipment lawsuit - WKBW TV (February 19th, 2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrUR8JERK_k
How do Stingray, IMSI Catchers and Cell Tower Simulators Work? - Security Researcher (November 21st, 2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSQIs4PujCQ
Secret Government Surveillance Catalogue - ExplorerOne (December 18th, 2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G53by2C6U3A
Stingrays Face Public Scrutiny - Jon Bowne (July 30th, 2018): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0UgMo_El9Q
StingRay surveillance devices found near the White House - CBS (September 12th, 2019): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBXQPfKzHmg
The Secret Surveillance Catalogue - The Intercept:
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