IPhone Access Gets Attention, 'Stingrays' Fly Under The Radar

Law360, New York (April 5, 2016, 10:50 AM EDT) -- Michele Adelman

Erik Schulwolf While eyes have been peeled on the U.S. Department of Justice's efforts to obtain a court order to hack the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino killers, garnering far less scrutiny is law enforcement’s more routine use of powerful cellular tracking devices before a defendant is even charged. Called cell-site simulators, IMSI-catchers or “Stingrays” after the brand name of the leading product in the field, these trackers pose as a cell tower despite being the size of a suitcase, and can locate a cellphone within a matter of yards. These devices have caught the attention of privacy...

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