Verizon reprogrammed customers air card & altered preferred provider list to aid FBI tracking

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Mike, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

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    ... Verizon reprogrammed the device so that when an incoming voice call arrived, the card would disconnect from any legitimate cell tower to which it was already connected, and send real-time cell-site location data to Verizon, which forwarded the data to the FBI. This allowed the FBI to position its stingray in the neighborhood where Rigmaiden resided. The stingray then “broadcast a very strong signal” to force the air card into connecting to it, instead of reconnecting to a legitimate cell tower, so that agents could then triangulate signals coming from the air card and zoom-in on Rigmaiden’s location.

    To make sure the air card connected to the FBI’s simulator, Rigmaiden says that Verizon altered his air card’s Preferred Roaming List so that it would accept the FBI’s stingray as a legitimate cell site and not a rogue site, and also changed a data table on the air card designating the priority of cell sites so that the FBI’s fake site was at the top of the list.

  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Rigmaiden is a (expletive deleted) who deserves to go to jail. However, the FBI needs to get a warrant. The fact they did not attempt to do so should end up a red flag to the judge in this case. Now there are two sets of lawbreakers, Rigmaiden and the FBI.

    This stuff will be suppressed, I'm guessing.
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  3. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

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