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FCC shrugs at fake cell towers around the White House

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#1 JohnC_21


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Posted 09 June 2018 - 01:23 PM

It’s open season for cell tower spoofing in Washington.
Turns out, Ajit Pai was serious last year when he told lawmakers that the FCC didn't want anything to do with cybersecurity.
This past April the Associated Press reported "For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages."
But when lawmakers formally asked Ajit Pai and the FCC to investigate the DHS confirmation of unauthorized cell towers in use, Pai gave them the brush off -- leading to a big WTF on the Energy & Commerce Democrats' official Twitter account.
The DHS initially found evidence of cell phone spying near the White House last year, right around the time Pai was shrugging off cybersecurity. It discovered several fake cell phone towers (also called ISMI catchers, or Stingrays) intercepting calls and ran an 11-month investigation, emerging with serious concerns. This was all explained last month in a letter from the DHS to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon.



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#2 mjd420nova


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Posted 09 June 2018 - 03:54 PM

You see, there is no such thing as privacy.  And the government doesn't care.   But if you begin to encrypt your communications, the feds will be all over you wanting to know why you need to evade their prying.  There is no end to the dirty tricks being played in Washington.  One agency spying on the other, leaks from "secure sources" of classified info to belittle another agency or committee.  No one is doing the work of the country while everyone fights for their "party" and its agenda, which is to bury the other party.  Such BS.

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 05:43 PM

Well said mjd420nova.

#4 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 05:44 PM

As I understood this affair, from its coverage in the British tech press, there is/was some concern that at least some of these unauthorised cell towers were not installed on the behalf of any US group or organisation.


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Edited by Chris Cosgrove, 09 June 2018 - 05:45 PM.

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