Accusations about wiretapping are taking us back to the 1970’s and Watergate. President Trump Saturday sent a message on Twitter that former President Obama wire tapped Trump Tower in NYC prior to his inauguration. Understanding what wiretapping has changed in 40 years. Omaha computer expert Thor Schrock says wiretapping is extracting information from a source without their knowledge. There are many ways this can be done.
Landline wiretaps are easily done. It gets a big more complicated when tapping cell phones and internet conversations. Schrock says, “Sting Ray is when they basically park a van outside your house. Your phone is designed to pick up the strongest cellular signal nearby. If that signal is coming from the van outside and it is going to use that cell tower for your phone call and they can monitor that call in your van Wiretapping can include email, text messages and chats. The government finally gets a handle on how to monitor all these types of communications, all of sudden encryption comes onto the scene. I’m encrypted and the conversation to you is encrypted and no one in the middle can hear it Not even the government can decipher it without the use of a super computer which is just not scalable.”
Schrock says the big question is was there interference in the election from a foreign government, that is a natural security risk and that is going to be classified. Even if you do a Freedom of Information Act, classified documents don’t get turned over in a Freedom of Information Act. Technically intelligence agencies and other governmental bodies can get that information.
The White House has ordered an investigation into the matter. Intelligence directors of several agencies deny the accusations.