Ref the notion of "spoof" masts or nodes say...if we can suggest it then someone has already done it...
Some quite clever bods knocking about...perhaps said clever bods conceived of the social networking wheeze in the very first instance to mine all sorts of info?
If employers are not slow to do a bit of research on a prospective employee, and the police certainly examine the cell phone address books of someone in custody, especially for dealer contacts, then it is pretty certain "other agencies" can do similar but in real time.
Menwith Hill and Echelon (google if arsed) spring to mind. Can't see them being particularly fussed about Wireless and Telegraphy Acts, can you?
We read of various arrangements in the US ref their Homeland Security and Patriot stuff. This
stuff was around some time before that (see date), so who can even guess at their remit and techno capabilities nowadays:
However, if we are to believe the content of certain "spy" films starring Crowe and di Caprio then the "enemy" are aware of this eye and ear in the sky stuff and have learned not to be indiscreet over the cell phone networks.
This post has been edited by ramdram: 04 May 2012 - 10:27 AM