As the discussion over wiretapping and foreign hacking still dominates the conversation in Washington, an unusually high amount of suspicious cell phone activity in the nation’s capital has caught the attention of the Department of Homeland Security, raising concerns that U.S. officials are being monitored by a foreign entity.
The issue was first reported in the Washington Free Beacon, but a source at telecom security firm ESD America confirmed the spike in suspicious activity to CBS News.
Based on the type of technology used, the source continued, it is likely that the suspicious activity was being conducted by a foreign nation.
The news comes the same week that two Democratic lawmakers wrote to Kelly saying they were “deeply concerned” about hacking vulnerabilities in U.S. cellular networks.
“For several years, cyber security experts have repeatedly warned that U.S. cellular communications networks are vulnerable to surveillance by foreign governments, hackers, and criminals exploiting vulnerabilities in Signaling System 7,” wrote Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California). “U.S. cellular phones can be tracked, tapped, and hacked—by adversaries thousands of miles away—through SS7-enabled surveillance. We are deeply concerned that the security of America’s telecommunications infrastructure is not getting the attention it deserves.”
Notice that this is not at all sourced, and we read that breathless statement that "...it is likely that the suspicious activity was being conducted by a foreign nation."
I have to chuckle, and ask myself, "Who are they going to blame for this"?!?
Intelligent people understand to keep their cell conversations light, fluffy, and not of any real import; in fact, Mike and I think that surveilling our phones is punishment duty for newbies at any of the alphabet soup agencies.
And the reality is, that the "baddies" already have their phones encrypted to the point where no one can mess with them.