On 12 December 2014, after weeks of intensive research conducted by a team of journalists and technical experts, Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten exposed evidence of widespread espionage of Norwegian political and economic actors in central Oslo. On 23 June, Aftenposten presented a new report, based on Delma’s analysis, which confirmed that IMSI catchers were being used all over Oslo, from the Parliament to Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s office, to Aker Brygge and around Parkveien, home to many foreign embassies.
Location-based analytics are growing fast, and many IT companies are offering solutions to map the footfall and habits of customers in shopping malls by tracking their mobile phones. This may happen with shoppers’ approval, when they download a brand’s app or connect to a free Wi-Fi network, or without it, when sensors receive signals from their mobile phones without their knowledge, raising privacy questions.
This week, Wikileaks, the infamous journalistic non-profit specialized in leaking secret information, revealed a new report, “Espionnage Elysée,” a collection of “top secret intelligence reports and technical documents from the US National Security Agency (NSA) concerning targeting and signals intelligence intercepts of the communications of high-level officials from successive French governments over the last ten years”.
A draft law presented to the French parliament in April allows French intelligence services to implement techniques only used by the judicial police until now: collection, transmission and recording of words pronounced privately or confidentially or computer data and real-time localization of a person, a vehicle or an object. This regrettable turn of events is taking place in the midst of generalized indifference
In the fall of 2014, prize-winning political journalist Per Anders Johansen came across a document in a database, titled “Guidelines for the notification of mobile-regulated zones”. Intrigued, Johansen set out to understand the obscure concept of mobile regulation. It was while further researching this topic that Johansen first discovered, and made the connection with, IMSI catchers.