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[Ars] The body worn “IMSI catcher” for all your covert phone snooping needs

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Recently leaked brochures advertising next generation spy devices give outsiders a glimpse into the high-tech world of government surveillance. And one of the most tantalizing of the must-have gizmos available from a company called GammaGroup is a body-worn device that surreptitiously captures the unique identifier used by cell phones.

"The unit is optimized for short range covert operation, designed to allow users to get close to Target(s) to maximize the changes of only catching the Target(s') identities and minimal unwanted collateral," one of the marketing pamphlets boasts. "The solution can be used as a standalone device or integrated into wider data-gathering and geo-tracking systems."

The body worn “IMSI catcher” for all your covert phone snooping needs


So government agents just have to walk by you (speculatively) and it will pull the metadata of your phone calls in real time (and that of anyone around you...) and maybe if you set off the right ones, the suit will vibrate and the agent will cart you off to have a nice chat with Mr. Gestapo.
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Yay! Just what we need.
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So government agents just have to walk by you (speculatively) and it will pull the metadata of your phone calls in real time (and that of anyone around you...) and maybe if you set off the right ones, the suit will vibrate and the agent will cart you off to have a nice chat with Mr. Gestapo.
What's with the cynicism? The gov always has our safety and liberty at heart and would never abuse their technology or power. This is why we should give them more power and be modest about our freedoms and hand them over in times of crisis. Nothing could ever go wrong.
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Yay! Just what we need.
What's with the cynicism? The gov always has our safety and liberty at heart and would never abuse their technology or power. This is why we should give them more power and be modest about our freedoms and hand them over in times of crisis. Nothing could ever go wrong.
Dat sarcasm
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Yay! Just what we need.
What's with the cynicism? The gov always has our safety and liberty at heart and would never abuse their technology or power. This is why we should give them more power and be modest about our freedoms and hand them over in times of crisis. Nothing could ever go wrong.

lol sarcasm win.

On another note there are some similar advertising devices in London that do this, they advertise information from products and as you stop to look take your MAC. I don't see how much meta data the spy belt can take if your not running wifi/ BT after you leave home then put it back on in the office (or not) ?

In the end even the stupidest person knows that if you don't want to get caught then you don't use the things that will get you caught. So in reality this can be seen as a device to be used against non criminal non clued up civilians or politicians ? not sure... really.

wont be long before someone writes a small handy guide on what not to do with your smart phone to help the uninformed
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WTS Faraday's cage IMO , and RFID blocking wallets

...you don't want to be irradiating yourself 24/7 anyhow

Isn't it IMEI?
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WTS Faraday's cage IMO , and RFID blocking wallets

I don't mean to appear as a conspiracy theorist, but Servant here has been using one for a couple of years now.

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Isn't it IMEI?

An entirely different thing. Although both identifiers, the IMSI defines the subscriber, and not the equipment.
   
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