“US government intercepted telecommunications data with fake masts in airplanes’




The US government puts small planes with IMSI catchers on board in order to detect people, says a US newspaper. This happens especially in the United States, but sometimes in other countries to track fugitives and terrorists.

The IMSI catchers aboard his fake masts, phones of citizens on the ground force to connect. Then intercepted the equipment on board the aircraft registration data phones, reports The Wall Street Journal. To turn the American police service is responsible inter alia for finding fugitives in the planes.

During a flight service searches all picked up phone data on the presence of telephones of fugitives. The technique would be able to locate phones of suspects with an accuracy of three meters.

However, this means that during a flight, especially in densely populated areas, the police pick up the data from tens of thousands of people. The government would be the data of citizens who are not wanted no further use, but it is unclear what measures the US government to prevent employees from abusing data.

The planes – mostly Cessna – would be used primarily within the United States, but sometimes elsewhere, for example in war zones. Since the government uses them according to The Wall Street Journal, for example, to detect terrorists.

The police would ask for permission from a court for deployment of the planes, but sources indicate opposite The Wall Street Journal that they doubt whether the judges who evaluate the request understand its impact.

In theory, the IMSI catchers could also intercept communications. It is unclear whether that happens. Who is in the vicinity of an IMSI catcher can also suffer from dropped calls, but the US government would have taken measures to prevent loss instance conversations with the emergency number.


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