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Court Case Reveals FBI Stingray Details

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

April 10, 2013

Details of how the FBI uses cellphone surveillance technology have been revealed in a court case involving a suspected identity theft ringleader, Wired reports. Court documents note that Verizon reprogrammed the suspect’s air card to respond to silent incoming calls from the FBI causing the device to disclose its location. The government did not dispute the claims during a March 28 hearing in a U.S. District Court in Arizona. Electronic Frontier Foundation Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury said, “It shows you just how crazy the technology is…This is more than just (saying to Verizon) give us some records…This is reconfiguring and changing the characteristics of the (suspect’s) property, without informing the judge what’s going on.”
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