September 12, 2019

HE OUGHT TO BORROW HILLARY'S BLACKBERRY:

Israel accused of planting mysterious spy devices near the White House: The likely Israeli spying efforts were uncovered during the Trump presidency, several former top U.S. officials said. (DANIEL LIPPMAN, 09/12/2019, Politico)

The miniature surveillance devices, colloquially known as "StingRays," mimic regular cell towers to fool cell phones into giving them their locations and identity information. Formally called international mobile subscriber identity-catchers or IMSI-catchers, they also can capture the contents of calls and data use.

The devices were likely intended to spy on President Donald Trump, one of the former officials said, as well as his top aides and closest associates -- though it's not clear whether the Israeli efforts were successful.

President Trump is reputed to be lax in observing White House security protocols. POLITICO reported in May 2018 that the president often used an insufficiently secured cell phone to communicate with friends and confidants. The New York Times subsequently reported in October 2018 that "Chinese spies are often listening" to Trump's cell-phone calls, prompting the president to slam the story as "so incorrect I do not have time here to correct it." (A former official said Trump has had his cell phone hardened against intrusion.)

By then, as part of tests by the federal government, officials at the Department of Homeland Security had already discovered evidence of the surveillance devices around the nation's capital, but weren't able to attribute the devices to specific entities.

No wonder we have to exfiltrate our assets.

Posted by at September 12, 2019 7:29 AM

  

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