News team finds cell-phone tracking devices planted all over Washington, D.C. area

News team finds cell-phone tracking devices planted all over Washington, D.C. area

[Ed. – This phenomenon ramped up in the last 10 years, and seems to have exploded recently.  Comments at last month’s headline still apply.]

The News4 I-Team found dozens of potential spy devices while driving around Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. …

The device, sometimes referred to by the brand name StingRay, is designed to mimic a cell tower and can trick your phone into connecting to it instead. …

If you live in or near the District, your phone has probably been tracked at some point…

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And the I-Team found them in high-profile areas like outside the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue and while driving across the 14th Street bridge into Crystal City. The I-Team got picked up twice while driving along K Street — the corridor popular with lobbyists. …

DHS has warned rogue devices could prevent connected phones from making 911 calls, saying, “If this type of attack occurs during an emergency, it could prevent victims from receiving assistance.”

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