State and federal law enforcement groups throughout Idaho are remaining tight-lipped after a local mobile security advocate uncovered what appears to be an IMSI catcher, commonly referred to as a Stingray cell phone interceptor, operating in one of the state’s largest cities.
The local advocate, who discovered signs of the interceptor in Idaho Falls, was able to detect its specific indicators while using a CryptoPhone, a mobile device which warns users of possible cell interception.
Attempting to investigate, Idaho’s KTVB 7 News reached out to several law enforcement agencies in the Treasure Valley area in an effort to determine the device’s owner. Although no agency in the area would admit to owning a Stingray, one major police department in the state did.
“A spokesperson with the Boise Police Department says they use something like it when trying to track down suspects,” KTVB 7′s “A regional FBI agent would only tell us the Stingray is a sensitive technique so no one will discuss how it’s used.”