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March 17, 2017

Surge of Suspicious Cell Phone Activity Sparks Fear of Massive Communications Intercept Op Being Run in Washington, DC

So -- Russia or China?

An unusual amount of highly suspicious cellphone activity in the Washington, D.C., region is fueling concerns that a rogue entity is surveying the communications of numerous individuals, likely including U.S. government officials and foreign diplomats, according to documents viewed by the Washington Free Beacon and conversations with security insiders.

I saw Fueling Concerns open for Rogue Entity at Monsters of Metal 98.

A large spike in suspicious activity on a major U.S. cellular carrier has raised red flags in the Department of Homeland Security and prompted concerns that cellphones in the region are being tracked. Such activity could allow pernicious actors to clone devices and other mobile equipment used by civilians and government insiders, according to information obtained by the Free Beacon.

It remains unclear who is behind the attacks, but the sophistication and amount of time indicates it could be a foreign nation, sources said.

Mass amounts of location data appear to have been siphoned off by a third party who may have control of entire cell phone towers in the area, according to information obtained by the Free Beacon. This information was compiled by a program that monitors cell towers for anomalies supported by DHS and ESD America and known as ESD Overwatch.

There's a line in Live Free or Die Hard where the hacker geek "Warlock" says, regarding his CB radio, "Low tech is the new high tech."

I hope we'll see some kind of interesting subculture develop where people use old-fashioned communications systems. Including sending physical letters and (get this!) meeting up In Real Life.

Not any political point here, just that I think it would be an interesting subculture for me to follow on my RSS feed while telling Siri to send automated sexts to all my Instagram followers.

Oh, and by the way, someone walked off with a Secret Service computer capable of accessing Trump Tower floorplans and details of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Bro, do you even opsec?


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