FBI uses IMSI catcher without a court order

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In recent months, reports on the use of IMSI catchers in the United States accumulated. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation acknowledged often to use the device without a court order.

FBI uses IMSI catcher without a court order

The US Congress is pushing for legal clarification of the use of so-called IMSI-Catcher by investigating authorities. Backgrounds are reports that US authorities even use the equipment for mobile locating by air while scanning the data of thousands of users looking for suspects. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation acknowledged in discussions with members of US Senators Patrick Leahy and Chuck Grassley that officials in many cases did not require a court order to use IMSI catcher.

Areas of use and Privacy unclear

In a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder and US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson criticizes the senators whom the use of the equipment by the various authorities as well as the guidelines for their use are unclear. The Judiciary Committee, the Leahy projects, therefore, need much further information in order to assess, among other things, whether the privacy of those users is protected, that would accidentally be caught.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) had at the beginning of the year indicate that local police authorities considered that the use of the IMSI catcher secret often before judges. However, nine states have now enacted laws that demanded a court order for such a mobile phone surveillance.

The Wall Street Journal had reported in November 2014 that US Marshals use the IMSI catcher in aircraft to detect mobile phones over a large area. Featuring the art light aircraft was spread across at least five locations in the United States. From there, they will collect data from mobile phones, regardless of which provider.

It is responsible for the data collection of the United States Marshals Service, a nationwide law enforcement agency. In September 2014, were also reported that users of mobile phone's crypto Cryptophone had discovered strange cell phone towers in the USA 500, which turned out to be IMSI catcher?

Court order required in Germany

In Germany the federal authorities such as Federal (BKA), the protection of the constitution and put an inch such devices in the first half of 2014 in more than 100 cases. Legally, the use of, for example, in Section 100i of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP) regulated and requires a court order. In case of emergency, the arrangement can also be made by the prosecutor, the BKA by its President.

Meanwhile, there are techniques that can detect the use of IMSI catchers on a mobile device. These Security Research Labs presented at the 31C3 an app that can detect attacks on their own telephones.


Bka, Ccp, Cryptophone, Fbi, Germany, Imsi, United States, Us Congress

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author avatar Natraj
8th Jan 2015 (#)

Nice post on IMSI, thanks for sharing here.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
8th Jan 2015 (#)

Awesome post and one of a kind writing!

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