Category Archives: Stingray / Hailstorm

FL: Use of Stringray to find def to arrest him was valid or valid under GFE

The use of a Stingray cell site simulator to find defendant to find him to arrest him didn’t violate the Fourth Amendment. Even if it did, the good faith exception makes it valid here. Andres v. State, 2018 Fla. LEXIS … Continue reading

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FL4: Use of cell site simulator requires SW

Warrantless use of a cell site simulator to capture cell phone calls violates the Fourth Amendment. That information was used to get a search warrant for CSLI. State v. Sylvestre, 2018 Fla. App. LEXIS 12671 (Fla. 4th DCA Sep. 6, … Continue reading

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WaPo: FBI surveillance devices may interfere with 911 calls, U.S. senator says

WaPo: FBI surveillance devices may interfere with 911 calls, U.S. senator says by Aaron Gregg: In a letter to the Justice Department, Sen. Ron Wyden raised the concern that Stingray phone surveillance devices could “completely disrupt” cell services, citing conversations … Continue reading

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CA4: Ptf’s 1983 claim a Stingray was used on him survives Heck bar

Plaintiff’s claim that he was the subject of unlawful surveillance with a Stingray survives a Heck challenge and can proceed. Marcantoni v. Bealefeld, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 22798 (4th Cir. Aug. 16, 2018):

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D.D.C.: Def’s IAC claim a Stingray was used was speculative at best; govt already had plenty from lawful sources

Even if a Stingray was used to get defendant’s information, which is speculative at best, the government lawfully used a host of other information gathering devices and orders to get the same information. Therefore, he wasn’t prejudiced. IAC claim denied. … Continue reading

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N.D.Cal.: Cell-site simulator requires SW; state law doesn’t permit federal officers to execute state SW

(1) The government’s disclaiming a critical fact in the affidavit for search warrant undermines the probable cause vitiating the warrant. (2) “Use of a cell-site simulator requires a warrant. See United States v. Ellis, 270 F. Supp. 3d 1134, 1141-46 … Continue reading

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WaPo: Signs of sophisticated cellphone spying found near White House, U.S. officials say

WaPo: Signs of sophisticated cellphone spying found near White House, U.S. officials say by Craig Timberg:

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US News & World Report: Judge: NYPD Cellphone Tracking Tech to Remain Secret

US News & World Report: Judge: NYPD Cellphone Tracking Tech to Remain Secret by AP: The New York Police Department won’t have to release details about its portable cellphone tracking system commonly known as Stingrays.”

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Wired: DC’s Stingray Mess Won’t Get Cleaned Up

Wired: DC’s Stingray Mess Won’t Get Cleaned Up by Lily Hay Newman:

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InCyberDefense: IMSI Catchers Revive a Heated Debate on Privacy versus Security

InCyberDefense: IMSI Catchers Revive a Heated Debate on Privacy versus Security by Wes O’Donnell. States where used:

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Motherboard: Florida Cop Bought Powerful Phone Malware That Can Intercept Emails and WhatsApp

Motherboard: Florida Cop Bought Powerful Phone Malware That Can Intercept Emails and WhatsApp by Joseph Cox:

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CA11: Def argued there was no authority for use of a cell site simulator to track him; police had a tracking warrant issued on PC, and that’s all that’s required

Defendant was arrested coming out of a Dollar General Store, and officers smelled marijuana around his car. Even though defendant wasn’t in it, the car was still “mobile” for automobile exception purposes, and the smell provided probable cause. Defendant also … Continue reading

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