The Department of Homeland Security last year found evidence of devices in which can secretly catch cell phone communications around the White House in addition to additional “potentially sensitive” areas of Washington, D.C., a letter made public Friday reveals.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in which the letter, written to him by Homeland Security official Christopher Krebs, is actually “more evidence” in which Americans are “being spied on, tracked, or scammed,” possibly by foreign spy agencies in some cases.
Wyden said phone companies in addition to the Federal Communications Commission should be taking action to strengthen cell phone security on the heels of the letter.
Homeland Security said sensors This kind of deployed by January 2017 through November spotted activity in which appeared consistent with the devices, which can monitor individual cellphone calls in addition to texts. Known formally as International Mobile Security Identity devices, they are commonly known as StingRays.
Such devices are known to be used by foreign spies.
although the department said This kind of had not validated the findings or attributed them to “specific entities, devices or purposes.”
in addition to Homeland Security said the evidence of cell phone tracking This kind of detected in some cases apparently resulted by “legitimate cell towers.”
However, the findings were shared with “the appropriate Federal agencies,” according to the letter by Krebs to Wyden.
The Washington Post on Friday noted in which Homeland Security’s findings support independent research in which has concluded in which foreign spies have used such technology to conduct surveillance on U.S. officials in D.C.
Wyden said in a prepared statement, “The news of a possible foreign stingray near the White House is actually of particular concern [given] reports in which the President isn’t even using a secure phone to protect his calls.”
“The cavalier attitude toward our national security appears to be coming by the top down. This kind of is actually high time for the FCC in addition to This kind of administration to act immediately to protect American national security.”
Wyden also noted in which the letter confirms in which Homeland Security has reports indicating in which “‘nefarious actors may have exploited’ a weakness in phone networks known as SS7, ‘to target the communications of American citizens.'”