In a continuation of spying without regard to 4 th admendment guarantees it has been found the Govt has been spying on your phone… Your geolocation and your pictures. It is not a surprise to me personally. Only the details of the program are interesting as usual.
In a article today in The Wall Street Journal it was spelled out in full.
The U.S. Department of Justice is collecting data from Americans’ cellphones with surveillance planes that “mimic cellphone towers,” according to a Wall Street Journal report.
The program is designed to catch criminals, but collects data from innocent people as well, sources familiar with the operation told the Journal.
The program bears some resemblance to the National Security Administration’s dragnet approach to collecting information while tracking terrorists.
A Justice Department official would not confirm or deny the existence of the program to the Journal: “The official said discussion of such matters would allow criminal suspects or foreign powers to determine U.S. surveillance capabilities. Justice Department agencies comply with federal law, including by seeking court approval, the official said.”
The program has existed since 2007, and is operated by the U.S. Marshals Service’s Technical Operations Group. It deploys Cessna aircraft from at least five airports that, combined, have a flying range that covers most of the U.S. population.
Be careful.. Big Brother is certainly watching. In fact it’s worse.
Thought this article about the discovery of DuQu was interesting as well.
Bencsáth immediately called Bartos, the company’s CEO, and told him he needed to bring the other members of the CrySyS lab on to the investigation. This wasn’t a simple hack anymore; it looked like it might be a nation-state attack with national-security implications. Bartos agreed.