Seventeen fake cellphone towers were discovered across the U.S. last week, according to a report in Popular Science.
Rather than offering you cellphone service, the towers appear to be connecting to nearby phones, bypassing their encryption, and either tapping calls or reading texts.
Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, used ESD's CryptoPhone 500 to detect 17 bogus cellphone towers. ESD is a leading American defense and law enforcement technology provider based in Las Vegas.
With most phones, these fake communication towers are undetectable. But not for the CryptoPhone 500, a customized Android device that is disguised as a Samsung Galaxy S III but has highly advanced encryption.
Goldsmith told Popular Science: " Interceptor use in the U.S. is much higher than people had anticipated. One of our customers took a road trip from Florida to North Carolina and he found eight different interceptors on that trip. We even found one at South Point Casino in Las Vegas.”
The towers were found in July, but the report implied that there may have been more out there.
Although it is unclear who owns the towers, ESD found that several of them were located near U.S. military bases.
"Whose interceptor is it? Who are they, that's listening to calls around military bases? Is it just the U.S. military, or are they foreign governments doing it? The point is: we don't really know whose they are," Goldsmith said to Popular Science.
It's probably not the NSA — that agency can tap all it wants without the need for bogus towers, VentureBeat reported:
Not the NSA, cloud security firm SilverSky CTO/SVP Andrew Jaquith told us. “The NSA doesn’t need a fake tower,” he said. “They can just go to the carrier” to tap your line.
ComputerWorld points out that the fake towers give themselves away by crushing down the performance of your phone from 4G to 2G while the intercept is taking place. So if you see your phone operating on a slow download signal while you're near a military base ... maybe make that call from somewhere else.
In an amazing coincidence, police departments in a handful of U.S. cities have been operating "Stingray" or "Hailstorm" towers, which — you guessed it — conduct surveillance on mobile phone activity. They do that by jamming mobile phone signals, forcing phones to drop down from 4G and 3G network bands to the older, more insecure 2G band.
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The Ice Bucket Challenge Is A Satanic Ritual, Explains Troubled Writer
A WorldNetDaily writer can’t fathom why anyone would willingly dump ice water on themselves, so she did some digging and has now concluded that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a satanic ritual.
“I began to think about the IBC,” Selena Owens explains in the piece. “Whose idea was this? Why would people so easily agree to being drenched in icy water? Who participated and who didn’t? Why do people feel obligated to take the challenge if offered to them? What’s the purpose of calling out three other people to take the challenge?”
She investigated, she says, and discovered the IBC is NOT “a lighthearted attempt to understand a debilitating disease.”
The most troubling evidence she has to support her theory that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is actually a satanic ritual is the story of Corey Griffin’s death.
Griffin was the IBC co-founder. He died last month when he jumped off a building in Nantucket and drowned following a successful fundraiser where he had raised $100,000 for ALS research, Owens explains. He was pronounced dead at 3 a.m. “He floated to the surface, then he sank,” a report says. “He did not come up again.”
“It confounds me as to why Griffin would take such a risk with his life, especially in the dead of night?” she writes. “Very odd. Very bizarre. Very dark.”
She also points to a video, in which self-described evangelist Anita Fuentes explains a number of cryptic and cultic messages hidden in the IBC ritual, which is cleansing America in the name of Anti-Christ Lucifer Satan for some future thing.
The video’s depiction of Oprah Winfrey taking the challenge is particularly disturbing, Owens said. “Winfrey precedes her dousing with the words ‘In the name of ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge’ … because Oprah mistakenly believes the One True God is jealous of her, and the well-known fact that she denounces Jesus as the only way to God and basically considers herself to be a god, I found this statement to be very cultic in nature.”
In conclusion: “The ALS IBC is ritualistic in nature. People are chosen to undergo a form of water baptism with cultic god Oprah leading the charge ‘in the name of ALS.’”