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Ask Slashdot: How to stay ahead of phone tracking ?

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year and a half ago

Privacy 2

An anonymous reader writes "In the last few years there has been a significant upsurge in subverting the cellular network for law enforcement purposes. Besides old school tapping, phones are have become the ideal informant: they can report a fairly accurate location and can be remotely turned into covert listening devices. This is often done without a warrant.
How can I default the RF transmitter to off, be notified when the network is paging my IMSI and manually re-enable it (or not) if I opt to acknowledge the incoming call or SMS ? How to prevent remote software updates ? How to prevent GPS data from ever being gathered or sent ? How to authenticate the tower I'm connecting to is genuine and not a Stingray device, or at least how can spot encryption algorithm degradation by the man in the middle ? Is troglodytism the only valid defense ?"

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osmoconbb (2)

lkcl (517947) | about a year and a half ago | (#43327167)

a good way to ensure that you're not running covert firmware is to use the osmocon GSM firmware, with the obvious proviso that it's not approved. however, signal-strength and triangulation will still give you away the moment the phone transmits. so the only sure-fire way not to be tracked is to not carry a mobile phone.

Re:osmoconbb (2)

AHuxley (892839) | about a year and a half ago | (#43328063)

Phone tracking was a result of the troubles in Ireland and the NATO/US need for Red trouble makers in 1980's Europe.
Think of an early Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) hardwired into every generation of phone by default.
Then came GPS, web 2.0, maps and cloud ... your phone is sucking up details about your life as you walk around with/use it.
Stop using your phone other than for family to say hi and ask for help/shopping.
Meet your people/tribe/business associates without a phone and talk face to face or in some other hi tech/no tech way.
Soon a working phone with CCTV (camera pod), facial recognition, 24/7 city wide look down drones, covert LEO in-car cameras will be filling in even more details.
Dont forget the private sector is also doing its part to link all their cameras in too :)
No warrants are needed. Deep extended boarder search, gang area 'random' searches, drink driving tests will all have rows of plate reading cameras, passenger face capture, driver logging, train station federal task forces, anti war mil protest watching... all add up to very deep efforts if you make a list.
All the tech used in 1950's Soviet watching, Vietnam, Iraq is now so cheap, tiny and sold to even the smallest, struggling police forces as federal 'gifts' to help with 'drugs' terror' or just as free 'surplus' with never ending private maintenance contracts.
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