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Old 09-04-2014, 09:52 AM  
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Mysterious Fake Cellphone Towers Are Intercepting Calls All Over The US

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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Old 09-04-2014, 09:53 AM   #2
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:33 AM   #3
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Scary on multiple levels.
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It's probably not the NSA — that agency can tap all it wants without the need for bogus towers, VentureBeat reported
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:50 AM   #4
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Old 09-04-2014, 02:37 PM   #5
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Old 09-04-2014, 02:53 PM   #6
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Still don't own a cell phone...
This may be the craziest thing I've read in years.

My 71 yr old mother has one.
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Old 09-04-2014, 03:10 PM   #7
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Old 09-04-2014, 03:11 PM   #8
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Of ****ing course. What a shocker. I wish I didn't have to be connected.
I've done just about everything I can to avoid social media, sans this site. It doesn't matter though. Thanks Big Brother...

Where's my ****ing tinfoil hat?
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Old 09-04-2014, 03:26 PM   #9
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I want to know more about the phone. I have an s3, and would love to root it with this technology. If that's possible.
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Old 09-04-2014, 03:37 PM   #10
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I want to know more about the phone. I have an s3, and would love to root it with this technology. If that's possible.
It's an independent device. It's not technology you can use on a retail phone.

You can request a quote for one here: https://shop1.cryptophone.de/

But they're in very high demand, and go for ~$3500....
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:43 AM   #13
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Of ****ing course. What a shocker. I wish I didn't have to be connected.
I've done just about everything I can to avoid social media, sans this site. It doesn't matter though. Thanks Big Brother...

Where's my ****ing tinfoil hat?
Come on dude, you know its impossible to get off the grid completely. And if your not off completely, its easy to patch together whats missing.

Virtual privacy is an illusion. Physical privacy is the only privacy left.
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I'm not saying it's morally right or wrong, but does it make the child because of it? Think about that for a second.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:45 AM   #14
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Who cares let them read or listen to my phone calls and texts. They will hear and see all the fun stuff about where I'm going to eat or bullshit while I'm driving so terrified of them listening.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:51 AM   #15
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