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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:43 AM

Seventeen fake cellphone towers were discovered across the U.S. last week, according to a report in Popular Science.

Rather than offering you cellphone service, the towers appear to be connecting to nearby phones, bypassing their encryption, and either tapping calls or reading texts. 

Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, used ESD's CryptoPhone 500 to detect 17 bogus cellphone towers. ESD is a leading American defense and law enforcement technology provider based in Las Vegas. 

With most phones, these fake communication towers are undetectable. But not for the CryptoPhone 500,  a customized Android device that is disguised as a Samsung Galaxy S III but has highly advanced encryption.

Goldsmith told Popular Science: " Interceptor use in the U.S. is much higher than people had anticipated. One of our customers took a road trip from Florida to North Carolina and he found eight different interceptors on that trip. We even found one at South Point Casino in Las Vegas.”

The towers were found in July, but the report implied that there may have been more out there.

Although it is unclear who owns the towers, ESD found that several of them were located near U.S. military bases. 

"Whose interceptor is it? Who are they, that's listening to calls around military bases? Is it just the U.S. military, or are they foreign governments doing it? The point is: we don't really know whose they are," Goldsmith said to Popular Science.

It's probably not the NSA — that agency can tap all it wants without the need for bogus towers, VentureBeat reported:

Not the NSA, cloud security firm SilverSky CTO/SVP Andrew Jaquith told us. “The NSA doesn’t need a fake tower,” he said. “They can just go to the carrier” to tap your line.

ComputerWorld points out that the fake towers give themselves away by crushing down the performance of your phone from 4G to 2G while the intercept is taking place. So if you see your phone operating on a slow download signal while you're near a military base ... maybe make that call from somewhere else.

In an amazing coincidence, police departments in a handful of U.S. cities have been operating "Stingray" or "Hailstorm" towers, which — you guessed it — conduct surveillance on mobile phone activity. They do that by jamming mobile phone signals, forcing phones to drop down from 4G and 3G network bands to the older, more insecure 2G band

 

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 09:01 AM

The damned NWO is getting bolder and bolder by the day. I say we will all be rounded up and sent to FEMA prison camps before thanksgiving.
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Posted 04 September 2014 - 09:25 AM Edited by Mister Kay, 04 September 2014 - 09:30 AM.

Is this for real? Haha
"Not for the CryptoPhone 500!!"

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 09:38 AM

Yeah the whole thing strikes men as a bullsh*t marketing ploy for what equates to a third-rate Blackphone rip-off.
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Posted 04 September 2014 - 11:09 AM

Please change the black text

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 12:04 PM

They sound like attractive targets for vandalism, like speed cameras.

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 01:15 PM

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I LIVE NEAR ONE OF THOSE THINGS. WTFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

Anyways, I'll never understand the reasoning for this. I read a couple articles and it said it's probably for criminals spying. Someone said it's the government. What's with all the spying? What is privacy?

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 01:20 PM

All the more reason for anyone living in the US, to get the f*ck out of the US.

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 02:48 PM Edited by D- Ice, 04 September 2014 - 02:49 PM.

All the more reason for anyone living in the US, to get the f*ck out of the US.

And join you in Saudi Arabia where cinemas and alcohol are banned (and where governmental survaillance is far more extensive and blatant)?

J/K bro.

My point is that as bad as it may be there, it's still far better than many other places in the world that you're telling Americans to move out to.

Though obviously that doesn't make this survaillance (if true) any more acceptable.

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 03:07 PM Edited by Dbns_Finest, 04 September 2014 - 03:08 PM.

Idk what's worse, these guys eavesdropping on your conversation or having a sh*tty 2G internet connection.
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Posted 04 September 2014 - 03:46 PM

 

All the more reason for anyone living in the US, to get the f*ck out of the US.

And join you in Saudi Arabia where cinemas and alcohol are banned (and where governmental survaillance is far more extensive and blatant)?

J/K bro.

My point is that as bad as it may be there, it's still far better than many other places in the world that you're telling Americans to move out to.

Though obviously that doesn't make this survaillance (if true) any more acceptable.

 

 

What, you think I'm actually happy here in Saudi Arabia?
I'm fighting nail and claw and get my ass out of here as soon as possible. 

 

 

All the more reason for anyone living in the US, to get the f*ck out of the US.

And join you in Saudi Arabia where cinemas and alcohol are banned (and where governmental survaillance is far more extensive and blatant)?

J/K bro.

My point is that as bad as it may be there, it's still far better than many other places in the world that you're telling Americans to move out to.

Though obviously that doesn't make this survaillance (if true) any more acceptable.

 

 

 

No no no, I never said Americans should move out here. Saudi Arabia is the last place an American would want to live in.

I'm quite sure there are some countries out there with reputable governments, like Denmark.


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 06:39 PM

Yep the Stingray has been quite an issue here in Florida.  FDLE has been sued, but the Feds jump in and claim *derp National Security derp*.  While it just may be used to target one criminal, it ends up collecting ALL the data coming in and out.  Lost the Fourth Amendment but got nude Kate Upton pics so yay?  


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:15 PM

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I LIVE NEAR ONE OF THOSE THINGS. WTFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

Anyways, I'll never understand the reasoning for this. I read a couple articles and it said it's probably for criminals spying. Someone said it's the government. What's with all the spying? What is privacy?

good thing i live in dc all we gotta worry about is nukes and planes

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:23 PM

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I LIVE NEAR ONE OF THOSE THINGS. WTFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

Anyways, I'll never understand the reasoning for this. I read a couple articles and it said it's probably for criminals spying. Someone said it's the government. What's with all the spying? What is privacy?

Well f*ck me for living in Fl. :( 

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 09:00 PM

It's simple, vandalize one of the towers and see who shows up to fix it.

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 09:27 PM

No wonder I sometimes have a 2G/1x connection when out of the house. But why 2G/1x? I'm guessing whoever is doing it wants us to suffer lol.

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 09:28 PM Edited by CartmanKusanagi, 04 September 2014 - 09:29 PM.

 

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I LIVE NEAR ONE OF THOSE THINGS. WTFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

Anyways, I'll never understand the reasoning for this. I read a couple articles and it said it's probably for criminals spying. Someone said it's the government. What's with all the spying? What is privacy?

Well f*ck me for living in Fl. :(

 

Argh! Of course there has to be one near Cincinnati, too :/


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 09:37 PM


 


zXrjAhu.jpg

I LIVE NEAR ONE OF THOSE THINGS. WTFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

Anyways, I'll never understand the reasoning for this. I read a couple articles and it said it's probably for criminals spying. Someone said it's the government. What's with all the spying? What is privacy?

Well f*ck me for living in Fl. :(
 
Argh! Of course there has to be one near Cincinnati, too :/

Denver, CO is the nearest one. Don't live far from there.

Ugh, why are these things even here?

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 10:28 PM

Ha, none where I live.

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 11:10 PM Edited by AiraCobra, 04 September 2014 - 11:13 PM.

Did anybody Snopes (Not Snoops) this yet?

 

Edit: Stupid auto-correct


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 12:25 PM

It's simple, vandalize one of the towers and see who shows up to fix it.

 

Probably a white van with "repairs inc." on it.

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 12:27 PM

illermernerti is real yo


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 12:37 PM

illermernerti is real yo

 

It's so real, you could be a member without even knowing it.


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 01:38 PM

r u a lizard


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 01:51 PM

Even if he was, he wouldn't know.

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 01:54 PM

wait

 

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 04:00 PM

just admit it you tail-shedding bastard


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 04:17 PM

Now I'm curious as to how these criminals get the ability to build these cell phone towers. I mean f*ck, those things are huge.

 

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Posted 05 September 2014 - 05:19 PM

 

 

 

zXrjAhu.jpg

I LIVE NEAR ONE OF THOSE THINGS. WTFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

Anyways, I'll never understand the reasoning for this. I read a couple articles and it said it's probably for criminals spying. Someone said it's the government. What's with all the spying? What is privacy?

Well f*ck me for living in Fl. :(
 
Argh! Of course there has to be one near Cincinnati, too :/

Denver, CO is the nearest one. Don't live far from there.

Ugh, why are these things even here?

:dontgetit:

 

Closest ones to me are in Cincinnati and Chicago. None here in Michigan, thank God.


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 05:55 PM


 

 

 

zXrjAhu.jpg

I LIVE NEAR ONE OF THOSE THINGS. WTFFFFFFFFFFFFF.

Anyways, I'll never understand the reasoning for this. I read a couple articles and it said it's probably for criminals spying. Someone said it's the government. What's with all the spying? What is privacy?

Well f*ck me for living in Fl. :(
 
Argh! Of course there has to be one near Cincinnati, too :/
Denver, CO is the nearest one. Don't live far from there.

Ugh, why are these things even here?

:dontgetit:
 
Closest ones to me are in Cincinnati and Chicago. None here in Michigan, thank God.

Lol, lucky.




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