LAS VEGAS — You may have heard reports of mystery cell phone towers popping up around the country, including in the Las Vegas area. The I-Team looked into who’s behind them and whether your cell phone is secure.
The issue of cell phone security and mystery cell towers has been a popular news topic.
“The phone is being tricked into saying “I am the only cell tower available to you,” but the truth is, it’s not really a cell tower,” explains Les Goldsmith with ESD America.
He ought to know what’s really behind fake cell tower mania. It began with a magazine story about his product — the Cryptophone. The Cryptophone has its own encryption and software that can detect when the signal is being intercepted by something called an International Mobile Subscriber Information, or IMSI Catcher.
“So, we’ve already had one alert to show that is has connected to an IMSI Catcher,” Goldsmith said.
Someone using an IMSI Catcher can capture basic data about your phone. Goldsmith says more advanced versions called interceptors can download email and monitor calls. The devices mimic cell towers, but they’re not towers.
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