Homeland Security detects activity from phone hackers in DC
The devices vary in size from a cell phone to a suitcase. Their cost reportedly runs from $1,000 to to several hundred thousand.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has detected 'anomalous' activity from telephone spying equipment in Washington.
According to the Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security detected abnormal activity from international mobile subscriber identity-catchers (IMSI catchers). The DHS did not identify the source of or number of devices.
These devices act as a fake cellular tower and attract signals from the target's phone away from the real network. The technology is also used by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement.
They can be used to listen in on phone calls, track user location data and read messages.
According to the Associated Press, some can infect devices with malware.
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