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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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Ask Slashdot: How to stay ahead of phone tracking ?

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  • by lkcl (517947) <lkcl@lkcl.net> on Sunday March 31, 2013 @07:14PM (#43327167) Homepage

    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.

    • by AHuxley (892839)
      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 ta

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