Many accuse the United States of being a warlike country, constantly invading peaceful countries throughout the world and finding conflict where none previously existed. However, it is worth noting that the United States military industrial complex has long been one of the primary sources of technological innovation and development of those amenities which make modern life so enjoyable and convenient.
Examples of this abound. From the internet to the microwave, jet aircraft to lasers, the United States Department of Defense has long been at the underwriter of some of the most groundbreaking pure research that humanity has ever undertaken.
Securus Technologies has long been aware of this fact. Inspired by many of the tools developed for the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, Securus has spent millions of dollars of its own money adopting these technologies for used within the nation’s prisons. One of these technologies is the cell phone interdiction add detection system known to U.S. soldiers as Stingray.
The Stingray system enables operators to detect any cellular telephones or communications taking place on cellular devices within a certain radius. It does this by spoofing cellular towers, tricking cellular devices into thinking that they are actually communicating with a company tower. In fact, they are actually communicating with the user of the Stingray device, who is then able to intercept all communications, view all metadata concerning the device itself and the communications it is emitting and even trick the user into thinking they are talking to someone other than the person they are trying to contact.
Stingray is currently being deployed by Securs customers in prisons throughout the United States. Its main use has been in detection and confiscation of illicit cellular devices, which are commonly used by sophisticated gangs in order to carry out criminal activities from behind prison walls.