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When Gadgets Betray Us: The Dark Side of Our Infatuation With New Technologies by Robert Vamosi

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CHAPTER THREE
Invisible Threats
It’s a very hot day in July 2010, and standing in front of a crowded ballroom in the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, researcher Chris Paget is well aware of the illegal nature of his latest demonstration, although, with his vaguely British accent, he keeps making light of the whole situation. On stage, surrounded by a computer and electrical antennas that cost him about $1,500, Paget is attempting to emulate the signal from a Global System for Mobile (GSM) base station to attract nearby phones to his gadget instead.1 This will allow him to eavesdrop on any mobile phone conversations taking place in the room. On the advice of lawyers, he has posted signs in the hallway informing attendees of his ...

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