Rouge ‘Cell Towers’ Can Intercept Your Data; At Least One Found In Chicago

CBS Chicago

By John Dodge

CHICAGO (CBS) — So-called rouge cell phone towers, the type that can intercept your mobile calls and data, are cropping up all over the United States, including here in Chicago, according to a company that specializes in developing highly secure mobile phones.

More cell phone users, who fear their information could be at risk, are turning to high-end secure mobile devices. As a result, it is become easier for them to detect the presence of these interceptor devices.

A user gets an alert that a "cell tower" nearby may be a threat. (Credit: ESD) A user gets an alert that a “cell tower” nearby may be a threat. (Credit: ESD)

The origin of these devices that disguise themselves as cell phone towers is not known. It is possible that they are being used for legitimate law enforcement or illegal eavesdropping by criminals.

Most don’t look like a tower, but are rather electronic boxes and laptops that trick a regular phone that it’s part…

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