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If criminals were smart they wouldn't be criminalsSo the lesson is when committing a crime, leave your cell phone at home, put on a hat, sunglasses and a fake beard, and switch license plates with ones that can't be traced. billions of dollars of tech defeated.
Im still amazed boston bomber junior was stupid enough to have his hat on backwards to get a nice clear shot of his face, there were camera's frigging everywhere.
I feel sorry fo whoever has to listen to Atillas phone calls.
It doesn't all have to be stored. Just the interesting traffic.I think it is horse shit. With the number of phone calls and text messages and data that travels to peoples phones, it would take massive storage to store and keep it all sorted out. The phone companies don't record this stuff, how would the government compile it. It is true that if they need to they can tap anything they need to.
most or all of this modern day surveillance is opt-in. For instance, people choose to have gmail email accounts, carry mobile phones, etc. It is infinitely more complex as the CIA and others have discovered in the middle east to penetrate sneaker nets, that is, people living off the grid, paying with cash, sending messages via notes or encrypted usb sticks. For a more detailed version of what I am saying there is Moxie Marlinspike's video on the evolving choices in privacy:
Defcon 18 Changing threats to privacy Moxie Marlinspike Part - YouTube