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Topic # 231871 17-Mar-2018 18:18
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Does anyone know of any legislation prohibiting the use of IMSI catchers in New Zealand?  Considering building one for a specific (legitimate) purpose.  The use of the data would be legal provided the actual use of the device is legal.


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  Reply # 1979183 17-Mar-2018 20:31
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IMSI catchers would be prohibited by a raft of legislation, regulations and licensing requirements to non-govt agencies.

There may however be other options to achieve a similar result (without MITM / boardcasting on licensed frequencies etc).



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  Reply # 1979252 18-Mar-2018 09:12
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How about if it operates in a passive mode.  Listening only and not performing a MITM role.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1979253 18-Mar-2018 09:36
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If you're simply logging broadcast data (wifi / bluetooth station IDs etc) there are some grey areas and would depend on the extent of meta-data vs private payload data.

 

See https://www.privacy.org.nz/news-and-publications/commissioner-inquiries/google-s-collection-of-wifi-information-during-street-view-filming/

 

I believe an IMSI-catchers by definition require a MITM attack so even in a "passive" / pass-through mode you're going to be in breach of spectrum licencing & interference of private networks.


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  Reply # 1979254 18-Mar-2018 09:54
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I'm curious what legitimate use you believe there is for one outside a law enforcement role.

 

 


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  Reply # 1979258 18-Mar-2018 10:10
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InfiniteLoop:

How about if it operates in a passive mode.  Listening only and not performing a MITM role.



If you're not transmitting at all then it's probably legal as long as you aren't retransmitting or publishing anything you capture. Transmitting on cell phone bands is a massive no no without a license and the RSM will be all over you once they catch you.

If all you're doing is listening then https://github.com/Oros42/IMSI-catcher/blob/master/README.md with an SDR will work fine and is legal.

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  Reply # 1979262 18-Mar-2018 10:42
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kyhwana2:

If you're not transmitting at all then it's probably legal as long as you aren't retransmitting or publishing anything you capture. Transmitting on cell phone bands is a massive no no without a license and the RSM will be all over you once they catch you.

If all you're doing is listening then https://github.com/Oros42/IMSI-catcher/blob/master/README.md with an SDR will work fine and is legal.

 

Correct me if I'm wrong but the premise behind IMSI-catching is that you are masquerading as a cell tower on the network (requiring active broadcasting as opposed to passive logging)? - this certainly is not lawful for non-govt parties.


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  Reply # 1979263 18-Mar-2018 10:47
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solutionz:

Correct me if I'm wrong but the premise behind IMSI-catching is that you are masquerading as a cell tower on the network (requiring active broadcasting as apposed to passive logging)? - this certainly is not lawful for non-govt parties.



The name of the tool may be misleading, I guess. It's more of an IMSI sniffer.

Again, it is definitely not legal to transmit on cellphone frequencies at all unless you're licensed to do so.

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  Reply # 1979264 18-Mar-2018 10:49
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InfiniteLoop:

Does anyone know of any legislation prohibiting the use of IMSI catchers in New Zealand?  Considering building one for a specific (legitimate) purpose.  The use of the data would be legal provided the actual use of the device is legal.



What exactly is the use case? There may be easier/more legal ways of doing what you want.

(You could always take a trip out to international waters and setup your own cell tower..)

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  Reply # 1979275 18-Mar-2018 12:15
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What can you do with an IMSI? I use to manage the IMSI / SIM cards and it's not very exciting at all

 

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  Reply # 1979289 18-Mar-2018 13:12
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What are the chances of getting caught anyways for limited use of one? Go for it.


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  Reply # 1979290 18-Mar-2018 13:13
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cruxis:

 

What are the chances of getting caught anyways for limited use of one? Go for it.

 

 

What about the Ki string to use that IMSI?

 

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  Reply # 1979491 18-Mar-2018 23:24
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Linux:

 

What can you do with an IMSI? I use to manage the IMSI / SIM cards and it's not very exciting at all

 

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The sole purpose would be to detect presence of the phones and log the IMSI and if possible IMEI numbers


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  Reply # 1979492 18-Mar-2018 23:45
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InfiniteLoop:

 

Linux:

 

What can you do with an IMSI? I use to manage the IMSI / SIM cards and it's not very exciting at all

 

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The sole purpose would be to detect presence of the phones and log the IMSI and if possible IMEI numbers

 

 

Then what?

 

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  Reply # 1979495 19-Mar-2018 00:15
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Linux:

 

InfiniteLoop:

 

Linux:

 

What can you do with an IMSI? I use to manage the IMSI / SIM cards and it's not very exciting at all

 

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The sole purpose would be to detect presence of the phones and log the IMSI and if possible IMEI numbers

 

 

Then what?

 

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That's about as much as I'd be willing to say other than that information wouldn't be used for anything nefarious or illegal.


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Linux:

 

InfiniteLoop:

 

The sole purpose would be to detect presence of the phones and log the IMSI and if possible IMEI numbers

 

 

Then what?

 

Linux

 

 

 

 


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