Unprecedented briefing with reporters comes in wake of CBC investigation into illegal spying in Ottawa
By Dave Seglins, Matthew Braga, Catherine Cullen, CBC News, April 5, 2017
The RCMP for the first time is publicly confirming it uses cellphone surveillance devices in investigations across Canada — but at the same time says the potential of unauthorized snooping in Ottawa, as reported by CBC News, poses a threat to national security. Read the rest of this entry
Leaks suggest spies can bypass encryption of messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram
The Associated Press, March 7, 2017
WikiLeaks on Tuesday published thousands of documents purportedly taken from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, a dramatic release that appears to provide an eye-opening look at the intimate details of America’s cyberespionage toolkit. Read the rest of this entry
There’s ‘no regulation or oversight’ as to how police use Stingray device, says privacy advocate
By Dave Seglins, Matthew Braga, CBC News, June 10, 2016
The RCMP can secretly target and intercept Canadians’ mobile phones, and they’ve used these covert surveillance techniques in a variety of major crime investigations across the country, court documents show.
A judge today lifted a publication ban on details surrounding the shooting death of Salvatore (Sal the Ironworker) Montagna, a high-ranking member of a New York crime family killed outside Montreal in 2011. Read the rest of this entry
Pivot Legal Society raises concerns spoof cell phone towers may be used to collect data from nearby phones
CBC News, Nov 12, 2015
The Vancouver Police Department is refusing to say whether it is using a controversial cellphone surveillance system called a StingRay that mimics cell phone towers to intercept calls and data.
StingRay is the common name for cell-site simulators that trick nearby mobile devices into connecting, revealing the phone’s location and data transmissions, including texts, emails and even voice conversations.
Thomson Reuters, CBC News, Feb 20, 2015
U.S. and British spies hacked into the world’s biggest maker of phone SIM cards, allowing them to potentially monitor the calls, texts and emails of billions of mobile users around the world, an investigative news website reported.
The alleged hack on Gemalto, if confirmed, would expand the scope of known mass surveillance methods available to U.S. and British spy agencies to include not just email and web traffic, as previously revealed, but also mobile communications. Read the rest of this entry
by Eric Lichtblau , New York Times , April 1, 2012
Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight, documents show.
The practice has become big business for cellphone companies, too, with a handful of carriers marketing a catalog of “surveillance fees” to police departments to determine a suspect’s location, trace phone calls and texts or provide other services. Some departments log dozens of traces a month for both emergencies and routine investigations. Read the rest of this entry