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Tacoma police using surveillance device to sweep up cellphone data

Posted on August 29th, 2014 at 22:53 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


The Tacoma Police Department apparently has bought — and quietly used for six years — controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away.

You don’t have to be a criminal to be caught in this law enforcement snare. You just have to be near one and use a cellphone.

Known as Stingray, the device — small enough to be carried in a car — tricks cellphones into thinking it’s a cell tower and draws in their information.

If you want to build your own, it’s called an IMSI catcher.

Build your own for about $1500

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