03/09/2014

Fake Mobile Phone Towers Spy On Callers

I'm not normally one to buy into conspiracy theories, I think that's exactly what they want you to do. But there's a worrying story about mobile phone towers. In America there are fake mobile masts that have been set up and no one knows why. These masts look like normal mobile masts but don't provide a usable service, you know, like the ones on the 3 network.

I know what you're thinking, if these masts are designed to look like ordinary mobile masts, maybe they're just normal masts. Good point. I had the same problem when I realised any car could be concealing a hidden camera. And now I don't leave the house. Not because I'm worried about the Government monitoring my activity, I just really don't want to be in some piss poor hidden camera show on BBC3.

There's a version of Android operating system called CryptoPhone 500 which can tell when the phone is being subjected to what is known as a "baseband attack". The system let's you trace the location of the offending tower. It's impressive how advanced Android device users can manage to local an errant mobile tower from miles away and yet still can't use that phone to speak to a girl.

The fake cell could be used to monitor people's calls. Les Goldsmith, chief executive of security firm ESD America, said: "A lot of these interceptors are right on top of US military bases. So we begin to wonder - are some of them US government interceptors? Or are some of them Chinese interceptors?"

I bet they were made in China. If they're using advanced technology that works, they were made in China not the USA.

Les went on: "Whose interceptor is it? Who are they, that's listening to calls around military bases? Is it just the US military, or are they foreign governments doing it? The point is, we don't really know whose they are."

I know it's unlikely that the worst case scenario is happening but there's a chance that these mystery mobile phone towers have been set up in America by the Chinese to monitor all the phone calls that are made near the military bases. That's why if I ever make a call near a US base I make sure I speak in English so they can't understand me.

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