London Police Spying on PeopleAdded: Friday, November 4th, 2011
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Metropolitan police have been developing and using surveillance technology pretending to be a mobile phone network to collect information, monitor people’s movements and even deny service. The technology is able to switch off the devices as well.
London police have been operating some surveillance system that masked itself as a fake phone network. The system could be used to monitor mobile phones, collect information and even remotely shut off the phones.
According to the media reports, this surveillance technology has been developed by a Leeds organization Datong plc. The outfit in question operates in forty countries, mostly in South America and the Middle East. Datong plc is helping military, law enforcement and security agencies in searching for those people who their governments for some reason may be looking for.
Datong plc has recently made a demonstration, indicating how the company’s electronic devices were able to intercept SMS messages by pretending to be a false phone network. The technology is using a transceiver that is around the size of a suitcase, which could be placed in a car, which is operated from distance.
The device in question is called “Listed X”. It is able to emit a signal forcing several hundreds of mobile phones to send unique identity codes every minute, which allow to monitor movement of the users. The system is also able to release a denial of service attack in order to prevent mobile phones from being used as detonators on explosive devices.
Under the British legislation, covert surveillance is regulated by the act called Ripa, which reads that warrants can be either in the interests of national security, economic stability, or very serious crimes. In the interview with local media, a Ripa expert barrister Jonathan Lennon told what he thought about the surveillance technology and its application to the law. Apparently, his opinion was that there had to be clarification on whether the interception of so many people’s communications is really compliant with the country’s law.
The UK police have thus far refused to comment on how the surveillance system is currently being used. However, the hint is that large protests or demonstrations could be a very good case to start using it.
Friday, November 4th, 2011
|Something called the MI6 has been doing the same thing for years...|
|Ive got a nosey neighbour sure shes a spy hahahah|
|posted by (2011-11-04 18:56:29)|
|Not surprising at all. London's been the home of Big Brother for a while now, with all the CCTV and stuff... Yep, technology is a wooooonderful thing!|
|posted by (2011-11-05 00:35:56)|
|lol statham?? yeah i like him too, but he's too rough to be a Bond...|
Back to the topic, aren't we all surprised?? forget MI5/6, they're created to do this anyway, but we all seem to forget the News Of The World incident. remember that the police had a hand in this as well.
|and if someone managed to steal on of these devices............ oh dear..|
|¿Really? As If this was something new. I hadn't expected you to be quite so Johnny-on-the-spot.|
I must say that I am rather astonished by the response time of London's finest... and yours.
|use an old phone like i do, hell with all of this new phones out there now|
|posted by (2011-11-07 21:45:34)|
|Both Vodafone and virgin give information to the police and have done for many years it is fact nothing new they can gain history of any mobile they want icluding records of its past history ! lets face london is big brother central lol what do people really think the ask you toregister your oyster (saying its so if you lose it they can retrun it ) register one see if it gets back to ya bet you a million it wont its a mere screen to keep tabs on whos going where and at what times dont put that on the tubes do they your infomation is stored for as long as they wish to keep it||
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