Month: October 2015

Does ISIS Have a Stingray?

Recently I was contemplating the threat level of the international terror group known by most people as ISIS and by patronizing politicians as ISIL and the Junior Varsity.  The group, whatever the name, has risen from suppression to the most well funded terror organization in the world and continues to conquer land in the Middle East killing everyone in their way or with dissenting beliefs.  They are funded the typical way any mob organization would be, but just imagine the mafia on steroids.  If there is a revenue stream they take it.  From stolen oil being sold under the table to toll roads all over their conquered territory to illegitimate tax collections, this organization is well organized and gaining momentum.
Now, you may be asking “who cares?  It’s the Middle East!”  The only problem here is that t ISIS has its sites set on America.  Many young men and women in the united states have fallen prey to the glamorous forecast offered by ISIS and are joining in droves.  Whether contrived or grass roots this movement has become a real threat to national security and now they have already struck in Texas and are planning to strike more targets.
stingray
When a well funded group with ill will and operatives inside America begin working against us the threat level is the sky.  This is where the question in the title comes along.  Does ISIS have a Stingray?  “What is a Stingray?” you ask.  There is plenty of documentation about it but in short, a “Stingray” is the brand name for the most popular of the spying devices that can jam radio and phone signals, check phone data, and identify people by mimicking their phone signals as well as listening to phone calls indiscriminately.  If it sounds familiar you may remember that police and sheriffs around the country have been buying and using them secretly against their own citizens.  Recently we even blogged about airplanes equipped with the item to fly over you and pick you out of a crowd by mimicking your cell phone signal.
(One quick tip about a stingray type device:  It can strengthen your phone signal, so if you find yourself in a known dead zone and your phone signal is working great, you may be under attack by a device.)
So, how much does it cost?  The price starts around half a million dollars and goes up as you add accessories.  Do you really think the best funded terror organization in the world can’t afford a $500,000 item?  This is the concern I have always had.  I know most of the time these guys trying to fight crime won’t misuse the item, but the product is available to criminal organizations as well.  Even if they are made illegal well funded terror groups can still get them.  Never under estimate the power of these evil organizations.  Never trust your cell phone.  I believe wholeheartedly that ISIS has a Stingray or at least something similar to it.  There is no need for them to have anything generic.  They can afford the best equipment to bring you down.  Don’t be a victim!
sting ray in action
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Do You Know Where You Are?….Your Phone Does!

This morning I was awakened earlier than I prefer (11:00 am) by my phone sounding off with an “End of The World” alarm.  NO, I didn’t set the alarm.  It was an Amber Alert.  I didn’t sign up for Amber Alerts.  Not that I don’t care about kids being snatched out of their yard.  It is just that most of these Amber Alerts turn out to be nothing more than custody battles between wife and estranged husband.  So I don’t sign up for Amber Alerts.
cell phone hack
That all doesn’t matter because the nanny state has apparently signed me up against my will.  They also have signed me up for weather alerts.  Recently the same Amber Alert sound went off on my phone to let me know there is flooding in the area.  All I can say is “Thanks”.  I guess they haven’t figured out a way to determine that I had just finished moving my animals up the hill to keep them out of the flood water that had already come.  It’s good to know the nanny messenger is not communicating with the people who are watching me from the air.  This was in an area not known for good phone service either but luckily they got the warning to me. I can’t imagine what humans have done about bad weather for the past 6000 years.

The point here is simple.  Even if your phone is off, you are being tracked.  Take your battery out at the very least (unless you have an apple).  You need to buy a shield of some sort to put your phone in and keep it from being tracked.  Things only get worse from here.

Improving Privacy Settings on Twitter

In the age of privacy, or the lack there of, many of the apps that are available and commonly used these days offer settings that will improve the level of privacy that is achievable by the user. Many of the apps that are commonly used on smart phones have settings that can be easily accessed and teased out by the users, but here are some tips for twitter privacy settings, courtesy of “Business Insider”.

A photo taken in the western French city of Rennes on November 7, 2013 shows an official Twitter account on a smartphone. Twitter will make its Wall Street debut on November 7 with a price tag of 26 US dollars per share, bidding to raise up to 2.1 billion US dollars in the most eagerly awaited stock offering since Facebook. A tweet from the company said it would offer 70 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange, generating 1.82 billion US dollars, and give underwriters a 30-day option to purchase an additional 10.5 million shares of common stock.  AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER        (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

Twitter is one of the best ways to follow the news, live events, and to keep up with the people in your life in real-time. While Facebook chooses what you see through an algorithm, Twitter is a firehose of everything those you follow are tweeting or retweeting.

The trade-off for being a free service, however, is that the platform is ad-supported, embedding “native” ads that look like tweets into your timeline from anyone willing to pay.

Read the entire article here:
Business Insider Privacy Settings for Twitter