Someone is tapping cellphones in Las Vegas, other U.S. cities – Fake Cell Towers

Fake Cell Tower

If you talk on your cellphone near the South Point, there’s a chance someone is secretly listening to your conversation.

A Las Vegas man recently discovered a listening device hidden somewhere near the hotel-casino on Las Vegas Boulevard — one of nearly 20 found, so far, in cities across the country.

Their purpose? To break into your most private affairs and mine them for valuable information.

Known in the tech community as “IMSI catchers,” these devices can be bought from online retailers or home-built by criminals for as little as $1,800. The devices, which can impersonate a cellphone tower and intercept a signal, are being detected at a time when people are becoming aware that electronic communication is anything but private.

Stingray Tracking Device

A monitor with an IMSI catcher can locate and identify nearby phones by adding specific phone numbers to a “catch list.” Someone wanting to get at the secrets of a high-level casino executive, for example, enters the phone numbers of the executive’s assistants, secretaries, business partners and friends — and waits for that phone to come into the tower’s range.

While often described as fake cell towers, IMSI catchers don’t necessarily take that form.

“It could be somebody sitting in a coffee shop with a backpack,” said Les Goldsmith, CEO of Las Vegas-based ESD America, who is credited with discovering the IMSI catchers.

A technology provider for the national defense industry and law enforcement, ESD America is a go-to source for high-level executives and military personnel seeking to protect their digital communications. The company recently released the super-secure CryptoPhone 500, which, unlike your cellphone, is equipped with strong firewall that keeps tabs on any attempt to break into the phone or capture its signal. It also alerts the user to the attack.

Someone is tapping cellphones in Las Vegas, other U.S. cities | Las Vegas Review-Journal.


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