Everything We Know About The Mysterious Fake Cell Towers Across The US That Could Be Tapping Your Phone

Monday, September 22, 2014
By Paul Martin

James Cook
Sept. 22, 2014

Ever since an August report in Popular Science revealed the existence of a series of “Interceptor” cell towers across the US, there’s been a scramble for information on exactly what these mysterious towers actually are. There are suggestions that the cell towers are the work of criminal gangs, a surveillance tool by the FBI, or even that they belong to foreign spies.

Here’s everything we know about the mysterious cell towers so far.

How were the towers first uncovered?

The first news of the mysterious towers came from a press release for a high-end smartphone — they were not uncovered through a research paper or security researcher’s blog as you would normally expect.

According to Popular Science, a map of the “Interceptor” cell towers was published by retailer ESD America as an example of “what the CryptoPhone can do that less expensive competitors cannot.” The GSMK Cryptophone 500 is a heavily-modified Samsung Galaxy SIII that is marketed as a secure alternative to normal mobile phones with a costs upwards of $3,500.

ESD America has been the source for every story about the fake cell towers, gradually releasing details of the towers as the phone’s owners discover new locations.

How can a fake cell phone tower be used to intercept your call?

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