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A US government investigation uncovered the potential use of sophisticated cell phone surveillance devices near the White House and other “sensitive facilities” in Washington last year.
It’s not clear who may have operated the devices, known as IMSI catchers or Stingray devices, but it’s possible they belonged to a foreign adversary.
Sen. Ron Wyden is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to do more to protect the communications of American citizens. 

A US government investigation uncovered the potential use of sophisticated cell phone surveillance devices near the White House and other “sensitive facilities” in Washington last year, according to a letter recently sent to Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). 

It’s not clear who may have operated the devices, known as IMSI catchers or Stingray devices, but it’s possible they belonged to a foreign adversary. IMSI catchers work by mimicking phone towers, which fools cell phones and allows the devices to intercept calls, texts, and data streams, according to The Washington Post.  See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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