Government officials can pinpoint your location through your mobile phone without even contacting the cellular company — and has used the technology thousands of times in recent years, according to a new report.
The US Marshals Service has tracked 5,975 people through their phones using a suitcase-sized device called a stingray that also collects information about thousands of innocent people in the surrounding area that have nothing to do with the specific investigation, USA Today has learned.
The Marshals Service can intercept and track cell phone signals through the secret device, which mimics a cell phone tower. The Marshals still has not acknowledged the existence of the device, although the newspaper called it one of the “worst-kept secrets.”
Other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Baltimore Police and the NYPD, also secretly use stingrays to track suspects.