Securus is a prison technology company best known for providing phone services for inmates.
One of its lesser-known services is a geolocation service that lets law enforcement track almost any cell phone within seconds.
Last week, the New York Times reported that a Missouri sheriff is accused of using Securus technology to track people, including a judge, without a warrant. The incident raised security and privacy concerns.
According to Motherboard, a hacker was able to breach the company’s server, and supplied the publication with internal documents.
Securus, a prison technology company used by law enforcement agencies across the country, has allegedly had its data breached by a hacker, reports Motherboard.
The 10-year-old company came into the spotlight last week, when the New York Times reported that Cory Hutcheson, a former Missouri sheriff, was accused of allegedly using Securus services to track the whereabouts of people’s cellphones, including a judge and members of the highway patrol, without warrants. Hutcheson pled not guilty.
The Dallas-based company is one of the leading providers of prison phone services, enabling inmates to communicate with the outside world. However, it also offers an additional feature to its customers in law enforcement — the ability to track the location of any cell phone across the country, in seconds.
In theory, this location service is meant for benevolent uses, like helping law enforcement solve crimes, or hospitals to recover wayward patients with Alzheimers. Furthermore, when inmates make a phone call, it gives prison staff a way to know where, exactly, the person they’re speaking with is located.
Ahead of the Times report, however, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) wrote a letter to the FCC, as well as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and other wireless service providers, demanding answers on the privacy implications of the location-tracking services offered by Securus, …read more
Source:: Business Insider