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This article was published on June 10, 2015


Fake cell towers reportedly used to spy on residents in London

Fake cell towers reportedly used to spy on residents in London
Abhimanyu Ghoshal
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More than 20 fake mobile phone towers have been found intercepting cellphone communications across London, reports Sky News.

The news company says it used specialized security software over the course of three weeks to detect signs of IMSI catcher activity. These devices, also known as Stingrays, trick mobile phones into logging on to them and listen in on users’ calls without their knowledge.

Stingrays have been known to be used by police agencies across the globe to snoop of criminals. Sky News checked in with the Metropolitan Police Service, which was reported to have purchased Stingray technlogy in 2009.

However, the police have neither confirmed nor denied its use of Stingrays. These devices are reportedly available online for just £1,000 ($1,540), and so it’s hard to say exactly who’s using them — police forces, intelligence agencies or foreign governments, private companies or tech-savvy criminals.

We’ll keep an eye on this and update the story as it develops.

➤ Fake Mobile Phone Towers Operating In The UK [Sky News]

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