“The American people have a legitimate interest in understanding the extent to which U.S. telephone networks are vulnerable to surveillance…”
(Fast Company) In a story straight out of Spy vs Spy, unusual cellular activity has been detected around Capitol Hill, and now four U.S. Senators want some answers.
A bipartisan group of senators [Ron Wyden and Ed Markey, both Democrats, and Republicans Rand Paul and Cory Gardner] sent a letter to Homeland Security asking for details about the cellular activity.
The surveillance activity is akin to so-called stingrays that are used by law enforcement agencies to trick suspects’ cellphones into revealing their locations, according to Reuters.
Last month, the Department of Homeland Security revealed that it had “observed anomalous activity in the National Capital Region that appears to be consistent with International Mobile Subscriber Identity catchers.”
It claimed not to know who was behind the use of the surveillance devices.
In the letter, the senators asked the Trump administration to release details about the possible surveillance.
“The American people have a legitimate interest in understanding the extent to which U.S. telephone networks are vulnerable to surveillance and are being actively exploited by hostile actors,” the senators wrote in the letter reviewed by Reuters…