Posted 28 March 2017 - 07:13 PM
How come there are some articles that state many terrorists buy up old mobile phones (c.1995-2005) for ridiculous prices, upwards of $1000, such as the old Nokia 3310?
The details are usually that these phones are harder to trace & record, because they don't have a camera, browser, GPS, bluetooth, WLAN, 3G, wi-fi, GPRS, EDGE or an FM/AM radio.
However, isn't it fairly easy for any powerful governement security agency to just use the GSM network to locate them and/or record the conversations or eavesdrop via the phone's built-in microphone? Furthermore, they could just look up the metadata they've collected for this particular device.
I just don't get it. Why would you pay so much money for something that can be easily hacked by, for example, the NSA or the CIA?