Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Feds can track you via Stingray

Federal agents have been have routinely using a sophisticated cell phone tracking tool called Stingray” for years. Stingray can pinpoint callers’ locations and listen to their conversations — all without getting a warrant.

According to Linda Lye, staff attorney at the ACLU of Northern California in a blog post about the case, “Installed in an unmarked van, Stingray mimics a cellphone tower, so it can pinpoint the precise location of any mobile device in range and intercept conversations and data.”

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How to Protect Yourself From Stingray

1. Leave your mobile devices at home.  Do not turn any of them on except to make a call.

2. If you must take any of them with you, keep it tightly wrapped in aluminum foil.

3.  Use only a prepaid “burner” phone for outgoing calls. Activate Caller ID Blocking and never give that number out to anyone—not even your mother.


  1. What if you need to take calls from work, your wife/girlfriend, whoever? My phone is not registered, although if you don't register they try to trick you into revealing your name. Within 72 hours of activating the phone, you get a phone call from a number which asks if "Bob" is there. Most people will say "No this is /////" (their real name). I just say, "No maam this in Meinhardh Lechintmeuller" or "Bernie Johnston" or something. I usually activate these phones from the computer at the library. Sure, they can find out WHERE you are. But finding out WHO you are might buy you some time, yes? maybe? (I change number often; I'm always losing phones or running them through the wash.)

  2. Don't take calls. Get a pager instead.


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