SAPS wanted to pay R45 million for cellphone spy hardware to fund Zuma

Jamie McKane

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The name Zuma is synonymous with practically all that is bad in government.

Only if I could erase the day he came onto power...
 

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These stories has been going around for years, and reports are filled with disinformation: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Case-of-super-spy-machine-sensitive-Hawks-20150828

Case of super-spy machine sensitive - Hawks
2015-08-28 10:37
Adam Wakefield, News24

Johannesburg - The investigation into how a highly restricted cellphone "grabber" came into the possession of normal citizens is a sensitive matter, the Hawks said on Friday.

These are surveillance machines that can access bank transactions and jam cellphone network signals, and are usually only used by security agencies.

"With this case there is not much I can reveal because it is sensitive," spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

"These grabbers are regulated by law. No one in this country can have them without the permission of the president. They are used for the intercepting of information for intelligence purposes."

The device, reportedly worth over R25m, was seized by the state on July 31 at Irene Village Mall in Centurion, with three men arrested.
 

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"A cellphone grabber is a powerful eavesdropping device which works by accessing the nearest cellphone tower and its cellular connections,"

A stingray works by impersonating a cell tower afaik. Not hacking it.

Theyre also pretty cheap https://www.intercept.ws/catalog/interceptors/ (in relation to these budgets)
 

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Can WhatApp voice/video calls also be intercepted with these powerful devices?
 

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Same **** different day.
The ruling Party is deeply divided.
Interesting times ahead.
Inflated price on device as it goes though 15 middlemen.
 

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The fact that such technology exist, and the network operators probably know about it but haven't secured their networks is outright scary and in violation of every living human's right to privacy.
 

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The name Zuma is synonymous with practically all that is bad in government.

Only if I could erase the day he came onto power...
I think he sped up a process that needs to happen. The faster avg South African voter suffers the quicker we have change. Sadly this does mean SA failing until voters realize they need to vote based on something other getting things for free or racial/legacy agendas.

PS. This doesn’t mean it will, see our neighbors.
 

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The fact that such technology exist, and the network operators probably know about it but haven't secured their networks is outright scary and in violation of every living human's right to privacy.
If it was that simple sure

It's a weakness in the original cellular network design which has to be maintained for compatibility
 

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The fact that such technology exist, and the network operators probably know about it but haven't secured their networks is outright scary and in violation of every living human's right to privacy.
Its the price you pay for using a mobile phone. Even without grabbers, the security services can get access to the networks via a court order (or worse). If you want security, hide under your bed, and use a typewriter to send messages...
 
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