18 November 2014 – Back in August, reports started emerging of mysterious fake cellphone towers popping up all over the US. It led many to assume that there were actually strange towers of unknown purpose dotting the nation. The truth is these weren’t physical towers of any sort, but devices that were being made to trick your cellphone into thinking it was a tower.
Why would such a thing exist? There haven’t been any definitive answers, but the Wall Street Journal has reported that the answer may lie in a 7-year-old US Department of Justice program to track criminals via their cellphone, using devices attached to airplanes. The publication reported that sources wouldn’t confirm or discuss specifics about the program but did say these surveillance flights take place on a regular basis. The purpose is to track criminals and fugitives, but doing so requires a sweep that captures a lot of cellphone data from a given area. Once a suspect’s phone is found, the device releases the non-suspect phones.
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