When Lee Goldsmith drives by one of the many fake cellphone towers being discovered throughout the U. S., his $3,500 CryptoPhone 500 will immediately display the warning message in the thumbnail image to the left.
When you drive by the same fake towers, known as ‘interceptors,’ your run of the mill iPhone or Samsung Galaxy won’t alert you to any potential security breach. And that’s exactly how those people who installed these interceptors, whoever they are, like it.
I’ve seen headlines about these fake cell towers over the past several days, but didn’t investigate the matter until today. It appears Popular Science broke the story in late August with the piece: Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls. The article focuses on the revelations of Lee Goldsmith, CEO of ESD America, which makes ultra-expensive and ultra-secure cellphones (another player in this market is Silent Circle with its Blackphone) . What Lee Goldsmith and other users of the CryptoPhone 500 have discovered while driving across part of America will shock and disturb you.
We learn from Computer World that:
This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sept 4, 2014.