Police Departments Petition Feds for Advanced Cell Phone Interceptors

Saturday, November 15, 2014
By Paul Martin

Law enforcement groups throughout Bay Area seek “Hailstorm” device to intercept latest cell phones

Mikael Thalen
Prison Planet.com
November 14, 2014

Multiple police departments across California’s Bay Area are looking to upgrade their Stingray cell phone interceptors to an even more advanced model.

IMSI catchers, portable devices commonly referred to as Stingrays, trick 2G cell phones into sharing their information by mimicking a cell tower. Limited by their ability to only intercept older model phones, law enforcement groups are petitioning the federal government for half a million dollars in grant money in order to purchase the “Hailstorm,” a device capable of siphoning data from phones utilizing the 4G LTE network.

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