CONFIRMED: Stingray devices used illegally by IRS and other federal agencies can record phone calls after all

Thursday, November 12, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Thursday, November 12, 2015

For the past several years, the Obama administration has been fighting against transparency calls in a bid to hide details about the government’s use of so-called “stingray” surveillance technology from the general public.

The devices, which we have reported on here and here, are designed to conduct covert surveillance by simulating cell phone towers in order to trick nearby mobile phones into connecting to them to reveal the phone’s (and the user’s) locations. Talk about monitoring someone.

Now, as reported by Wired magazine in online editions, newly released documents confirm what privacy advocates long believed: the controversial devices are also able to record the phone numbers of a mobile phone’s incoming and outgoing calls and intercept the actual content of voice and text communications.

In addition, the documents reveal that there is the possibility of flashing a phone’s firmware “so that you can intercept conversations using a suspect’s cell phone as a bug.”

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