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German intelligence service increases use of 'silent' SMS

Tuesday 3 March 2015 | 10:30 CET | News
The Federal Intelligence service (BfV) has massively expanded its controversial surveillance technology in the last year, Spiegel reports. In the second half of 2014, the domestic intelligence service sent about 142,000 'silent' SMS to mobile phones of suspects, which represents a three-fold increase since the first half of the year. The expansion is supposed to be related to the rising number of jihadists going to and from Syria and Iraq. SMS allow security agencies to locate mobile phones with an accuracy of some hundred meters. Recipients cannot see silent SMS.

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