An international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI)
is a unique number, usually fifteen digits, associated with Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) network mobile phone users. An IMSI catcher is a device, used by the NSA drone program
, the police
, Chinese spammers
and spies all around Washington DC
and the world
to spoof the identity of a GSM cell tower and intercept cellular voice and data communication. They come in
all sizes and flavors, from tiny
professional surveillance devices, to easy to order off the shelf solutions
, to Chinese DIY
(links in Chinese) and have spawned efforts to retaliate with an IMSI-catcher-catcher
. IMSI-catcher technology has become increasingly widespread
, with far-reaching constitutional
Despite the FBI's best efforts, the spy only passed public domain information to North Korea
In Graham Greene's hilarious "Our Man in Havana"
, a salesman-unlikely-turned-spy passes vacuum-cleaner blueprints as plans of a nuclear plant to his superiors at MI6. Turns an American of Korean origin has been doing pretty much the same with North Korea and thus cannot be charged with espionage. One can only hope that the current bullish attitude of North Korea is all based on the info passed by this guy (who, BTW, sold it for cash).
FBI software cracks encryption wall
The FBI is developing software capable of inserting a computer virus onto a suspect’s machine and obtaining encryption keys...
Do you speak Arabic
? If you meet certain other qualifications, you can now spy for the FBI, whose homepage
takes more care than news reports did and specifically lists Pashto
, spoken in Afghanistan
, as one of the desired language proficiencies.
Spy vs. Spy
Now that they've learned we bagged FBI mole Robert P. Hanssen
, the Russians are frantically searching for the mole
that ratted out their mole