U.S. Justice Department Engages in Airborne Man-in-the-Middle Attacks on U.S. Cellphones


Sat, Nov 15th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to The Washington Post, by using airplanes equipped with fake celltowers, the U.S. Justice Department is able to "jam signals and retrieve data from a target phone such as texts or photos". Reportedly, this "high-tech hunt" is used solely to track down criminals, but the American Civil Liberties Union calls this “a dragnet surveillance program," affecting the cellphones of thousands of innocent citizens.

By taking the program airborne, the government can sift through a greater volume of information and with greater precision, these people said. If a suspect’s cellphone is identified, the technology can pinpoint its location within about 10 feet, down to a specific room in a building. Newer versions of the technology can be programmed to do more than suck in data: They can also jam signals and retrieve data from a target phone such as texts or photos. It isn’t clear if this domestic program has ever used those features.



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