Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Here’s how the IRS can spy on you

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IRS just became the 13th federal agency known to use this technology.

The Internal Revenue Service has become the thirteenth federal agency known to own Stingray surveillance equipment, the Guardian reports.

Stingray devices are IMSI-catchers, otherwise known as “cell-site stimulators.” Disguised as cellphone towers, they can retrieve metadata and content from cellphones in the area. Nate Wessler, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, says: “If the IRS is using it, it shows just how far these devices have spread.”

Invoices show the IRS made payments in 2009 and 2012 to the Harris Corporation, one of the companies that produce the equipment. The 2012 document shows the agency had upgraded its Stingray II to HailStorm, a more advanced version, and spent $6,000 on training.

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Did you know that IMSI catchers are not only used by government agencies? That's right. The technology is commercially available. And, it has been used to capture corporate and private information. Learn more about it here:

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