Who catches the IMSI catchers? Researchers demonstrate Stingray detection kit


What’s needed is an independent method of identifying IMSI catchers in the wild. That’s what University of Washington researchers Peter Ney and Ian Smith have attempted to create with SeaGlass.

“Up until now the use of IMSI-catchers around the world has been shrouded in mystery, and this lack of concrete information is a barrier to informed public discussion,” explained Ney in a UW news release.

The team put together a sort of super-powered wardriving setup that uses a “bait phone,” GSM modem, GPS unit, Wi-Fi hotspot and other wireless doodads packed into a single box. 

The detection kits contained around $500 worth of parts, all of which are specified in the paper describing the work.


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