Michigan Police Using Cellphone Hacking Device to Extract Personal Data From Motorists

Yet another reason I personally prefer to steer clear of cellphones—especially those smart phones:

Cops Use Mobile Scanner To Steal Cellphone Data From Innocent Americans

Paul Joseph WatsonInfoWars.com

If there was a scintilla of doubt as to whether Americans are living in a predatory police state, then this story completely eviscerates it. Michigan state police have been using a handheld mobile forensics device to steal information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations.

The high-tech device works with 3000 different phone models and can bypass passwords to process “Complete extraction of existing, hidden, and deleted phone data, including call history, text messages, contacts, images, and geotags,” according to CelleBrite, the company behind the device. “The Physical Analyzer allows visualization of both existing and deleted locations on Google Earth. In addition, location information from GPS devices and image geotags can be mapped on Google Maps.”

“A US Department of Justice test of the CelleBrite UFED used by Michigan police found the device could grab all of the photos and video off of an iPhone within one-and-a-half minutes,” reports TheNewspaper.com.

Michigan state police have been using the device to conduct 4th amendment-violating searches of motorists’ phones who have not even been suspected of any crime.

To add insult to injury, when the ACLU attempted to file a freedom of information act request to discover how police were using the devices, they were slapped with a demand for $544,680 from the Michigan state police.

The fact that Americans are now considered guilty until proven innocent and treated like terrorists by cops who have been trained that their role is no longer to “serve and protect” but to harass and abuse is fast becoming a glib concept.

The question really boils down to whether anyone actually cares. Most Americans couldn’t live without their smart phone and now give it more attention than their own children. We are being enslaved through our own overdependence on gadgets and technology.

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14 Comments on “Michigan Police Using Cellphone Hacking Device to Extract Personal Data From Motorists”

  1. rogue Says:

    PLEASE PEOPLE!!! WAKE UP@!! This has GOT TO STOP! THis is way past the line, as is much of what the govt does. Stand up and say NO! I will NOT allow this!! For Gods sake…

  2. PB-in-AL Says:

    I just have to wonder, if I got stopped for speeding and then asked for my cell phone, what could they possibly do if I say no?

    Precedent says that they have to have a warrant to search laptops, so why is this any different?

    I expect there’s a WHOLE lot to this story that we’re not getting.

  3. islams not for me Says:

    Its not only the Cops you should worry about.

    Any good police scanner can pick up cellphone calls and you can listen to all sorts of informative conversations if you sit long enough near a major roadway.

    • Matt Says:

      @Islam:

      This would ahve to be incorrect, unless you are referring to older 80’s analog cell phones.

      GSM signals are highly encrypted.

      There was an article about a year ago about a German lab that had succeeded in cracking the GSM encryption, but I have heard nothing about it since.

      Police could definitely monitor your calls, if they issue a warrant, and provide it to your cellphone provider, but I highly doubt they have the technical ability to just listen in on phone calls over the airwaves.

      • islams not for me Says:

        I appreciate your thoughts but as I fear hearing a cellphone conversation is possible.

        I looked this up on ehow.com:

        “Eavesdrop on Both Sides of Others’ Cell Phone Conversations”

        I was witness to a individual overhearing other peoples cell conversations at a school I once attended off of I5…

  4. Agilebulletdodger Says:

    Hey Doc, I found this very interesting, particularly if they were scanning devices randomly to get the data. I’ve seen a device like this in the past and basically you can only pull the data from the phone itself. It requires cables to connect the phone to the unit and to clone the SIM, you need the SIM in hand. At least at this point, it doesn’t appear to be possible to randomly scan and collect all your data but I wouldn’t doubt the technology exists, just not this particular solution.

    That said, if they have probable cause to pull someone over, they can do that but unless they have criminal evidence to warrant a search of private information such as this, they can’t and would need a search warrant. Extracting someone’s personal data from their “smart” phone is a breach of civil liberty and unconstitutional.

    Just my .02 cents.

  5. Agilebulletdodger Says:

    Here’s something thats really disturbing:

    iPhones secretly stashing history of your location: (Courtesy Network World 20-Apr-2011)
    http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/042011-iphone-secret-data.html?source=NWWNLE_nlt_daily_pm_2011-04-20

  6. wushihao Says:

    Now the recent gadgets invented by people are being designed in an environment friendly manner. Large amounts of energy can be saved when these environment friendly products are used. A solar powered cell phone charger is one such environment friendly product which can be used by people all over the world on an everyday basis and a large amount of electrical energy can be saved in this manner. This solar charger is a device which will make use of the solar energy provided by the sun and convert it into the required amount of electrical energy which is needed in order to charge the mobile phone. A small solar panel is installed inside this solar charger which will convert the solar energy into the required form for charging the mobile phone.


    • Yeah, I know you’re a spammer, but I figured I’d leave this comment here because it shows how the greenies are taking over the tech industry.
      Gee, how are you going to charge your cellphone at night with only a couple of solar panels at your disposal?

      Here’s a thought: Why not just string up a long wire antenna to collect all that RF cluttering up the airwaves and use that to charge your cellphone with? As an added bonus, it even works in the dark!

      Cheers

      • Leatherneck Says:

        To keep those RF waves from getting to me at night, I wear a tinfoil hat. Once you get use to wearing it, you can hardly feel it on your head.

        My thoughts, and dreams can’t be taken either.

  7. Dee Says:

    Wow. I didn’t know that was possible. But isn’t that a violation of personal privacy? I am definitely not comfortable with that.

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  8. Big Frank Says:

    From State Police to ‘Police State’, lately there seems to be an ever increasing number of bold and blatant violations of our Constitutional rights at many levels of law enforcement, from the semi-literates at ‘Big Sis’s TSA right down to local police a those so-called safety check roadblocks. These ‘road blocks’ are a good source of revenue for the local municipal courts and budgets.


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