Anyone know if this Android "fake IMSI catchers" software works &exists for iOS?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Arthur Jones, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. Arthur Jones

    Arthur Jones Guest

    Arthur Jones, Nov 23, 2014
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  2. Andrew Beckett, Nov 24, 2014
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  3. Andrew Beckett, Nov 24, 2014
  4. I just installed the imsi catcher detector on my android phone.
    It reports a single screen with three items on the screen.

    I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do with that information though.
    How can I tell it's a /real/ tower or not?
    Andrew Beckett, Nov 24, 2014
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    BobbyK Guest

    An even more relevant question since this is an iPhone forum; is there
    such an app for iPhone?
    BobbyK, Nov 24, 2014
  6. It should exist, since an iPhone is just as vulnerable to
    cell tower spoofing as an Android phone.

    I've been testing the two apps on Android, and while imsi
    catcher detector reports the cellphone tower, what I really
    want is a /log/ of the changes.

    Then, all I'd want is a pop up when a cellphone tower is
    deemed suspicious (based on a given set of conditions).

    Neither of the three free apps I tested do that, but, two of
    the three I tested (1 and 2 below) tell you a lot of cell tower
    information, while I couldn't get the third to tell me anything,
    and the fourth free app only works on rooted Samsung phones.

    1. wigle
    2. imsi catcher detector
    3. roaming info
    4. gsmmap
    Andrew Beckett, Nov 24, 2014
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    Rod Speed Guest

    The problem is whether iOS allows the app access to the
    data that it needed to decide if it’s a fake IMSI catcher.

    I ran into that problem with something as simple as an
    OBDII adapter for cars which allow you to see the engine
    diagnostic codes and sensor data on a phone or tablet.
    The ones that use bluetooth don’t work with iphones
    and ipads because of the detail of how bluetooth is done
    by iOS. They work fine with android phones and tablets.
    Rod Speed, Nov 25, 2014
  8. Here's a quick summary of my testing, after a day:
    1. wigle => reports the current cell tower (lots of numbers)
    2. imsi catcher detector => reports the current cell tower
    3. roaming info => I can't figure out what this one does
    4. gsmmap => only works on rooted Samsung devices

    None of them, to my knowledge, pop up a warning when/if the
    tower does something funky, and none leave a log that I know
    of for you to manually check.

    Given that you have to check in real time, they're not all
    that useful.

    But, it's a start.
    Andrew Beckett, Nov 25, 2014
  9. El martes, 25 de noviembre de 2014 04:16:32 UTC+1, Andrew Beckett escribió:
    "IMSI catcher catcher" StingRay counter surveillance project proposal from in Madrid, Spain now open for international comments at

    We are looking for partners in every European country interested in R&D andjudicial actions, in an European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG), or with a contract to negotiate in each case but now we appreciate comments and proposals considering the draft at

    After years researching and expert witnessing on counter surveillance rightnow we work on
    1. Any technology or equipment that can get audio or metadata from GSM mobile phones
    2. Any instrument useful to detect IMSI catchers or StingRay or fake GSM base stations
    3. Any expert witnessing approach for Courts of Law while and after any GSMsurveillance considering telcos responsibilities on their customers and consumers damages and risks.

    Norway, Sweden, Finland and Germany noticed fake base stations with cheap systems used by journalists unofficially but in Spain there is a criminal case with evidences of illegal use of an IMSI catcher or StingRay in Madrid, so we have the chance to expert witness and learn about judiciary limits requesting telecom companies like Vodafone or Telefónica. Please read this link

    IMSI catching is also competition. Whatever is legal for one, must be also legal for everybody, but when a Court forbids an activity, it must be forbidden for everybody. The Government must use IMSI catchers for law enforcement only for legal purposes, but if public officials use anything like that for their own profit or to protect personal interests, the crime is on their side. We suspect why some officials in Spain are 'desperately' trying to hide use of surveillance cell towers.

    We are ready to make a complaint about application of European Union law considering DIRECTIVE 2009/136/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 25 November 2009 amending Directive 2002/22/EC on universal service and users' rights relating to electronic communications networks and services, Directive 2002/58/EC concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector and Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004 on cooperation between national authorities responsiblefor the enforcement of consumer protection laws (risks to personal security, which may for example arise from disclosure of personal information in certain circumstances, as well as risks to privacy and personal data) as well as enquiries and complaints about application of Union law at
    as you can see in our draft (in Spanish but ready for automatic translationto any language) at

    If you are interested or you can recommend customers, partners o sponsors in any country please send a message to Eng. Miguel Gallardo E-mail:
    or call us by phone +34 902998352 CITA & APEDANICA from 9 am to 11 pm Madrid time
    or just comment this document draft using the option up-right "comments" at
    Short link at
    We shall appreciate broadcasting in Twitter mentioning @miguelencita
    cita902998352, Jan 4, 2015
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