Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, March 18, 2017

[A]n unusually high amount of suspicious cell phone activity in the nation's capital has caught the attention of the Department of Homeland Security, raising concerns that U.S. officials are being monitored by a foreign entity. The issue was first reported in the Washington Free Beacon, but a source at telecom security firm ESD America confirmed the spike in suspicious activity to CBS News. ESD America, hired preemptively for a DHS pilot program this January called ESD Overwatch, first noticed suspicious activity around cell phone towers in certain parts of the capital, including near the White House. This kind of activity can indicate that someone is monitoring specific individuals or their devices.




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DHS confirmed the pilot program but did not comment on the suspicious activity.

"The Overwatch system is part of a 90-day pilot that was initiated on January 18, 2017," the agency said in a statement. "The Overwatch System is managed by DHS, through ESD America Inc., a defense and law enforcement technology provider that provides technical security assistance to government and corporate clients."

According to the ESD America source, the first such spike of activity was in D.C. but there have been others in other parts of the country.

Based on the type of technology used, the source continued, it is likely that the suspicious activity was being conducted by a foreign nation.

The news comes the same week that two Democratic lawmakers wrote to Kelly saying they were "deeply concerned" about hacking vulnerabilities in U.S. cellular networks.


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#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-03-18 02:22 AM | Reply

Trump is the nail. Obama is the hammer.

BOINK! Right on Trump's pointed noggin. ~ LOL

#2 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-03-18 06:31 AM | Reply

And Trump is using a what, second generation Android?

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2017-03-18 11:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

We need a government program that will just snatch random innocent people off the street and takes them out to be tortured.

Then we will all feel secure.

#4 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-03-19 08:09 AM | Reply

The higher they are on the power ladder of government the less they care about their use of secure communications. Our corrupt system of government based on politics and connections never holds the elites accountable, when they should be put on trial for treason.

#5 | Posted by Robson at 2017-03-19 07:48 PM | Reply

I worked as a Network Engineer at a Cell phone company in NC.

There is one device on every cell phone companies network that belongs to Homeland Security. They get every call or connection placed on any tower that comes back into the cell phone companies switch.

They know who it is and where the calls come from.

Problem comes in if you are tracking radio signals not on cell towers.

#6 | Posted by boaz at 2017-03-20 02:31 PM | Reply

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