Is government using fake cellphone towers to spy on us?

Have you ever seen a cellphone tower? They are the towers that your cell phone “looks for” as it tries to make contact with other cellphones for calls and texts.

The cellphone tower that you thought you saw might not really have been one, according to a recent report in Popular Science magazine. Les Goldsmith, the head of a company that imports and sells secured mobile phones that can alert you to hacking attempts, says there are at least 19 bogus cellphone towers in the U.S. Among other things, they are used for spying.

And if we know about 19 of them, I’m guessing there are many more. These fake cellphone towers can be used for spying on cellphones and even hijacking them. Goldsmith calls them “interceptors.”

“Interceptor use in the U.S. is much higher than people had anticipated,” Goldsmith said. “One of our customers took a road trip from Florida to North Carolina, and he found eight different interceptors on that trip.”

So, next time you use your cellphone, it could be trying to connect with a nearby cellphone tower that, instead of helping you route your call, could be stealing information from your phone to store in a big database that a phone company or the government could use to find out more about you. Or, it could be hacking your phone and infecting it with malware. Comforting thoughts, aren’t they?

Just for fun, tell me what other things you see around you everyday that could be used by the government to spy on us. I’ll bet some of them might actually be used for that exact purpose.


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