Android App SnoopSnitch launched to detect International Mobile Subscriber Identity

Jan 6, 2015 15:01 IST

A new Android app called SnoopSnitch was launched in last week of December 2014 during the Chaos Computer Congress’ annual meeting in Hamburg, Germany.

The app can detect International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers so as to inform a person that someone is spying on him. IMSI catchers are eavesdropping devices used for intercepting mobile phone traffic and tracking the movement of smartphone users.

 The android app has been created by Security researchers Alex Senier, Karsten Nohl and Tobias Engel from SRLabs in Berlin due to their concerns to public privacy.

Features of the App SnoopSnitch

• SnoopSnitch can detect IMSI catchers and warn smartphone users in case their devices are giving up their personal information and connecting to fake base stations (IMSI catchers), user tracking, and SS7 attacks
• This app lets a user to know that there is surveillance in a certain area, but it can’t prevent a smartphone from connecting to stingrays
• At present, the app works with Android handsets that have Qualcomm chips inside such as Sony and Samsung Galaxy models.


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