Those fake spying cell towers in Washington DC? Ex-intel staffers claim they're Israeli

www.theregister.co.uk | 9/12/2019 | Staff
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After months of speculation about who exactly was behind a series of eavesdropping fake cell towers in Washington DC, it appears the answer is Israel.

According to three anonymous senior US officials, cited in a report by Politico, the FBI carried out a counterintelligence investigation into who was behind the mobile spying installations - following a number of news reports of unusual cell activity - and concluded pretty quickly that the US ally was behind them.

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“It was pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible,” a former senior intelligence official told the publication. Two other officials confirmed that official conclusion that other nation states - including China and Russia - had been ruled out and Israel was almost certainly responsible. The conclusion appears to have been reached through observation of how the data was pulled from the devices.

But despite that conclusion, and pressure from lawmakers, it appears that the Trump Administration actively decided not to push the issue, even though the target of the surveillance effort was almost certainly the president himself. President Trump has been criticized for using insecure communications - namely, his personal cell phone - to communicate with people outside the White House.

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A president’s communications are usually strongly shielded from others’ ears, for obvious reasons, with calls made on secure lines and operators ensuring direct connections. But President Trump appears to revel in ignoring presidential protocol and, alongside his controversial Twitter use, frequently uses a personal cell phone to call people to ask their advice.

The cellphone simulators work by announcing themselves as cell phone towers and then pass the information on to real towers, while recording the phone's information that passes through them.

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They have been used extensively by the FBI and local police forces but their functioning and use has been fiercely protected for years, with law enforcement repeatedly...
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