Midnight In The Desert — stingray

Mystery Phone-Tracking Devices May Have Been Deployed in Washington, DC 

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Mystery Phone-Tracking Devices May Have Been Deployed in Washington, DC 

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has acknowledged for the first time that cellphone surveillance equipment may have been deployed in the nation’s capital by foreign actors seeking to track cellphone and potentially intercept calls and messages. In a March 26th letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, DHS acknowledged it has not determined the type of device used or the identity of the persons who may be operating it, but said it has detected “anomalous activity” consistent with cell-site simulator use. Cell-site simulators, sometimes called “Stingrays” after one of the more popular models produced by the Harris...

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Long-Secret Stingray Manuals Detail How Police Can Spy on Phones

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Long-Secret Stingray Manuals Detail How Police Can Spy on Phones

HARRIS CORP.’S STINGRAY surveillance device has been one of the most closely guarded secrets in law enforcement for more than 15 years. The company and its police clients across the United States have fought to keep information about the mobile phone-monitoring boxes from the public against which they are used. The Intercept has obtained several Harris instruction manuals spanning roughly 200 pages and meticulously detailing how to create a cellular surveillance dragnet. Harris has fought to keep its surveillance equipment, which carries price tags in the low six figures, hidden from both privacy activists and the general public, arguing that...

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This Swimming Stingray Robot Is Powered by Real, Living Rat Cells

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This Swimming Stingray Robot Is Powered by Real, Living Rat Cells

This soft robotic stingray is made of rat heart muscle. Yeah, it's just as crazy as it sounds. "Roughly speaking, we made this thing with a pinch of rat cardiac cells, a pinch of breast implant, and a pinch of gold. That pretty much sums it up, except for the genetic engineering," says Kit Parker, the bio-engineer at Harvard who led the team that developed the strange robot. "I THINK WE'VE GOT A BIOLOGICAL LIFE-FORM HERE." Parker's robotic stingray is tiny—a bit more than half an inch long—and weighs only 10 grams. But it glides through liquid with the very...

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