Join us for our first meetup of 2017 to find out how police forces in the West Midlands are covertly using devices- known as IMSI-catchers or Stingrays - to indiscriminately intercept and hack up to 500 phones every minute. We'll be exploring what police use of IMSI-catchers means for our human rights and civil liberties and what we can do to challenge indiscriminate surveillance.
What's an IMSI-catcher?
Last autumn, independent media co-operative The Bristol Cable revealed that West Midlands, Staffordshire, West Mercia, and Warwickshire police, along with other police forces throughout the UK, had bought devices - known as IMSI-catcher or stingrays - that allow them to spy on thousands of mobile phones at a time.
IMSI-catchers act as 'fake' mobile phone towers. When deployed, all phones in range of the device (anywhere up to an 8km radius!) will try to connect to it. This allows the catcher to intercept your communications and access a raft of personal information, including: