Suspicious Cell Phone Activity In DC Suggests Spying On US Government Officials

Suddenly, there seems to be a very unusual amount of highly suspicious cellphone activity in Washington, DC. It involves fake cell phone towers and subterfuge of some sort. Authorities now suspect a foreign nation of keeping tabs on the communications of numerous individuals there. Targets include US government officials and foreign diplomats. I would say the Cold War is warming up once again comrades. The Washington Free Beach has reviewed documents confirming this and have spoken with a number of security insiders. I’ve also heard from people in DC that this is taking place and they are VERY concerned.

From what I understand as of this morning, this involves a large spike in suspicious activity through T-Mobile. The Department of Homeland Security is alarmed over it and they suspect that cellphones in the region are being tracked. But they don’t know by whom yet. This type of surveillance and hacking would allow the bad guys to clone devices and other mobile equipment used by civilians and government insiders. The sophistication and amount of time indicates it could be a foreign nation, sources said. Who says the art of spying is dead?

From WTOP:

WASHINGTON — With ongoing discussions of foreign hacking and wiretapping come new concerns over an unusually high amount of suspicious cellphone activity in the nation’s capital.

A telecom security company, ESD America, which has been hired by the U.S. government, says the suspicious activity likely indicates a foreign nation is monitoring the smartphones of American officials.

The unspecified activity was noticed around cellphone towers in parts of the capital, including near the White House.

A source at the company said the activity suggests someone — most likely a foreign nation — is monitoring specific individuals or their devices.

The Department of Homeland Security confirms the company was hired in January as part of a 90-day pilot program, but did not address details of the suspicious activity, or who might be behind it.

The issues were first reported in the Washington Free Beacon and confirmed by CBS News.

Huge amounts of location data appear to have been siphoned off devices by a third party. They may have control of cell phone towers in the area as well. This was uncovered by a program that monitors cell towers for anomalies supported by DHS and ESD Overwatch. The attack and tracking is widespread across DC by this third party. Such a tactic could be used to clone phones, introduce malware to facilitate spying and track government phones being used by officials in the area. “The attack was first seen in DC but was later seen on other sensors across the USA,” according to one source familiar with the situation. “A sensor located close to the White House and another over near the Pentagon have been part of those that have seen this tracking.”

Per the Washington Free Beacon, DHS’ Office of Public Affairs confirmed that the ESD Overwatch program has been operating under a 90-day pilot program that began Jan. 18th. Before the surveillance program was initiated, the federal government did not have a method to detect intrusions of this nature seen over the past several months. Well, why the hell not? Sounds to me like you boys have been caught with your pants down again. The attack on this network is still underway, according to sources monitoring the situation.

The security of America’s telecommunications infrastructure is at stake here and it sounds as if we have been compromised big time. The government is not taking adequate steps to secure cellular networks, just like they aren’t in hardening our power grid which leaves us vulnerable to a crippling EMP strike. Lawmakers are now requesting that DHS outline specific steps to insulate our networks form attacks and ensure that US cell carriers are doing the same. They better do it fast. This is a critical national security issue.

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