A new app called SnoopSnitch can detect International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers by keeping a tab if someone is spying on you. Also Read - Apple delays MacBook Pro, AirPods 3rd gen shipments to October 29, but why?
IMSI catchers are eavesdropping devices used for intercepting mobile phone traffic and tracking the movement of smartphone users, media reports said. Security experts recently revealed a massive security flaw that could let hackers listen in on private calls and read text messages on mobile networks. Also Read - How to turn off auto-correct feature on your Android smartphone or tablet
One way in which such hackers get access to such information is by using IMSI catchers or ‘stingrays’. SnoopSnitch can detect IMSI catchers and warn smartphone users if their devices are giving up their personal information and connecting to them. The app scans for signals that indicate a switch from a legitimate tower to a ‘stingray’, where information may be being collected. Also Read - PhonePe announces that all of its UPI transfers online or offline will be free for all users
The app currently works with Android handsets that have Qualcomm chips inside such as Sony and Samsung Galaxy models.