What Does It Really Take To Track A Million Cell Phones?

Let us clarify right away, we are not talking about how to track your own cell phone in case it’s lost or stolen. We are talking about tracking everyone that lives, breathes and wears a cell phone.

This is actually incredibly easy and we think that people should be aware of that.

If a representative of a phone service provider with 10 million customers came into my office and asked this question “What would it take to track every move of our 10 million customers?”. My answer would be “An intern and 6 months“. Then we’d insist the intern will need a desk, a computer, basic programming and algebra skills. That’s all it takes.

Imagine for a minute that you are the intern in question. Congratulations and welcome to our company! Your internship begins now, this document will introduce you to everything you need to know.

We’ll go over the basics of cellular networks, geolocation principles, technologies readily available in every cell phone and how to leverage all of that into a truly real-time planet-scale mass surveillance system.

Spoiler Alert: If you are scared of 1984 like scenarios, you may want to stop reading this and bounce to a video with Darth Vader playing the accordion.

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