A strange and troubling technological mystery has recently begun to reveal itself to the public. The curious case of the mysterious fake cell phone towers first came to light in July when an eagle eyed security expert Les Goldsmith noticed his CryptoPhone 500 was being hacked. Goldmith who also happens to be the CEO of ESD America, the makers of the CryptoPhone, must be loving the confirmation that his CryptoPhone really does work.
After noticing the hack attempts Goldsmith traced the activity to a nearby cell phone tower which of course immediately set alarm bells ringing. Digging deeper the fact that the offending tower didn’t belong to any cell phone company or pass call traffic through only deepened the mystery. After many hours interacting with the tower it became obvious that this was far more than a hack. Encryption was being turned off, GPS tracked, calls recorded and files downloaded.
InfoWars: Mystery Solved?
Goldsmith told Popular Science in the original article “Interceptor use in the U.S. is much higher than people had anticipated. One of our customers took a road trip from Florida to North Carolina and he found eight different interceptors on that trip. We even found one at South Point Casino in Las Vegas.”. The article is no longer online however.
17 interceptor towers have been found so far. Some have observed that the towers are often located near military bases. Others have started to point the finger at the NSA. The Alex Jones website InfoWars probably has it right when they say the fake towers and other Stingray devices are the new favourite toy of government agencies from the NSA to local police. Most likely it is the American government trying to ensure there are no more Snowdens or Assanges.
Chances are the towers will disappear as quickly as they appeared, fade away until they can be totally hidden. Also offering very good odds is the bet that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Reference: Wikipedia – Stingray Devices.
Reference: InfoWars – Mystery Solved The Truth About Fake Cellphone Towers.
Reference: NewsWeek – Fake Cell Phone Towers…