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There’s a new open-source project to detect cellphone-snooping technology

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There’s a new open-source project to detect cellphone-snooping technology

Image: Wikicommons photo CC2.0. Article by Sean Lyngaas – Cyberscoop.

In October 2016, during popular protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, a technologist named Cooper Quintin took a red-eye flight from San Francisco to North Dakota and made his way to the Standing Rock Reservation.

There had been reports of police surveillance of the protesters, and Quintin suspected that involved a device known as an IMSI catcher or cell-site simulator. The technology, sometimes referred to as a Stingray, spoofs a cellular tower, tricking your phone into revealing its location. From there, data-stealing attacks on the phone are possible. Police and spies use the gear for surveillance. […]

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