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Mystery fake cell towers spotted slurping comms around Washington DC

posted onApril 4, 2018
by l33tdawg

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it has detected strange fake cellphone towers – known as IMSI catchers – in America's capital.

These devices, which can masquerade as real phone masts to track people's movements and potentially eavesdrop on calls and texts, represent a real and growing security risk, the agency said.

And whoever is operating them in Washington DC is, we're told, a mystery to Uncle Sam's g-men. DHS official Christopher Krebs dropped this mild bombshell in a a March 26 letter sent to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), a memo that was made public this week.




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