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Tue Sep 13, 2016, 02:26 PM


Unredacted User Manuals Of Stingray Device Show How Accessible Surveillance Is


The Intercept has today published 200-page documents revealing details about Harris Corp's Stingray surveillance device, which has been one of the closely guarded secrets in law enforcement for more than 15 years. The firm, in collaboration with police clients across the U.S. have "fought" to keep information about the mobile phone-monitoring boxes from the public against which they are used. The publication reports that the surveillance equipment carries a price tag in the "low six figures." From the report:

The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department alone has snooped via Stingray, sans warrant, over 300 times. Richard Tynan, a technologist with Privacy International, told The Intercept that the "manuals released today offer the most up-to-date view on the operation of" Stingrays and similar cellular surveillance devices, with powerful capabilities that threaten civil liberties, communications infrastructure, and potentially national security. He noted that the documents show the "Stingray II" device can impersonate four cellular communications towers at once, monitoring up to four cellular provider networks simultaneously, and with an add-on can operate on so-called 2G, 3G, and 4G networks simultaneously.

There's a video, as well:

The control software can be operated from almost any Windows computer.

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friendly_iconoclast Sep 2016 OP
discntnt_irny_srcsm Sep 2016 #1
KTM May 2017 #2

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Mon May 8, 2017, 09:02 PM

2. I wonder if anyone has ever sued


Not for the braech of privacy, but in a class-action lawsuit for the signal loss. Use of Stingray casues degradation of signal, and users will see their devices drop to 2G where they would otherwise have fine 3G-4G signal. Why not sue for theft of service ?

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