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The "Stingray" surveillance tool captures innocent and criminal cell information alike—and Congress is taking note.


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police-spying-meets-bipartisan-oppositionThe American Conservative: The "Stingray" surveillance tool captures innocent and criminal cell information alike—and Congress is taking note.

By KELLEY VLAHOSAugust 21, 2015

 

American politics may be ideologically divided when it comes to government surveillance—there is probably no better example than Chris Christie’s emotional riposte to Rand Paul’s constitutional swipe at bulk data collection in the first primary debate—but there is one stealthy spy tool that is bringing both ends of the spectrum together in mutual shock and horror.

 

It’s called Stingray, a black box that can mimic a powerful cell tower, tricking wireless devices into communicating information to it and thus giving cops access to a specific target’s location and data. But this technology doesn’t stop there—it also exposes everyone’s devices in the vicinity of the black box, making innocent bystanders vulnerable to the eyes and ears of probing law enforcement. Scissors-32x32.png


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