How do police track phones without a warrant?
Cell phone tracking and seizure has become an indispensable part of law enforcement but how do police do it legally and swiftly? For the past few years, law enforcement agents have been using Stingrays. These expensive devices actually pose as a nearby cell tower so that phones connect directly to them. Much like a man-in-the-middle attack over the Internet, stingrays intercept your phone without any warning or indication. This allows location tracking and eavesdropping of conversations unbeknownst to any parties on either end.
We’ve seen stories involving police abusing such devices for personal use as well as stories of stingray use without any legal warrants issued. Privacy and security advocates have been warning citizens for years and corrupt cops have been disciplined and fined for violating rights. So what are military, government and law enforcement agents increasingly turning to in order to deal with cell phones in a fast and legal way?
Advanced handheld cell phone locators have become an indispensable tool for security teams, technical surveillance countermeasures, private investigators, and even corrections officers around the world. These passive devices detect the strongest RF signatures from all nearby smart phones and display those parameters so that security experts can react immediately to any text, voice or data transmission. This means that tactical teams no longer need to wait for court issued warrants in order to detect, track and locate criminals in the midst of a crime.
The more advanced detectors can even discern between cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth signals by displaying their frequencies, channels and signal strengths and time stamping all activity to monitor usage patterns. By measuring both continuous wave and demodulated signal strength, these wireless tools allow security experts to see rogue access points, Bluetooth skimmers and any wireless devices or bugs used for spying or stealing data.
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