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Police can use Stingray surveillance devices to listen to calls – documents

 

It’s long been known that authorities can use the secretive Stingray tools to track people by their cell phones. Now it’s been revealed that police are actually able to listen in on calls using the device.
Stingrays, cell-site simulators, are suitcase-sized devices that work by mimicking cell towers and intercepting the signals of mobile phones. This can be used to get information on the contacts, messages and even location of the owner of a phone, making its use by police and federal agencies controversial.

Now, new Department of Justice documents have revealed that Stingrays also allow the users of the device to snoop on phone calls and record the numbers of outgoing calls. The documents, which function as guidelines for the use of Stingrays by law enforcement, also discussed the possibility of replacing a phone’s firmware so that users “can intercept conversations using a suspect’s cell phone as a bug. You don’t even have to have possession of the phone to modify it; the ‘firmware’ is modified wirelessly.”

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