Nov 13 AT 7:31 PM Dima Aryeh 3 Comments

US government spying on people’s cell phones using fake signal towers

US phone spying

We constantly hear about how our personal info isn’t safe, whether it would be from hackers or our own government. And it’s not like the government isn’t already knee deep in controversy with the NSA debacle still coming back into the news frequently. However, in more bad luck for our government, additional news has come out about a new spying technique that they use on us innocent folk.

This new method uses fake cell towers some call “dirtboxes” attached to planes. When these planes fly overhead, the dirtboxes get the phones of everyone around to connect to them and deposit identifying information and location. Location can be accurate enough to know what room someone is in inside of a building. This is used to find fugitives and criminals without having to go through the carrier, which is reportedly slow and inefficient. It cuts out the middle man entirely.

The problem isn’t that this information is being taken, but what’s being done with it. We don’t know of the info taken from the innocent people is deleted or stored or what this data is used for. This is important information that can be used to know where you are at all times without the help or resistance of carriers. And worst of all, judges seem to be pretty supportive of these methods.

While not too much is known about this method, it is said that it can also intercept text messages and even photographs being sent, which is another huge security risk which may have absolutely no oversight. And the government being irresponsible with such data is the last thing people need. So what do you think of this method of finding criminals? Is it overly invasive, or is it just part of the legal process? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Source: Wall Street Journal

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • steve

    Scan everyones cell phone in hopes to find a fugitive? How many fugetives are there out there? Now if i was on the run, no cell phone, like i already knew that anyway with gps. It’s jyst another disgusting mive to spy on everyday citizens, when will we the people take the power back from these freedom haters

  • Bart

    Conspiracy theorists must be having grand mal seizures over this. LOL

    • Deke218

      Conspiracy theorists? Really? How about people who think this country was founded on a set of laws that allow certain rights? Next we’ll be blowing up countries to catch a couple of terrorist… Wait, we are all ready doing that. Supposedly, the terrorist hate our freedoms so what do Americans do? They allow the government to take away their freedoms… Wait, does that make the government the terrorist?