WASHINGTON — With ongoing discussions of foreign hacking and wiretapping come new concerns over an unusually high amount of suspicious cellphone activity in the nation’s capital.
A telecom security company, ESD America, which has been hired by the U.S. government, says the suspicious activity likely indicates a foreign nation is monitoring the smartphones of American officials.
The unspecified activity was noticed around cellphone towers in parts of the capital, including near the White House.
A source at the company said the activity suggests someone — most likely a foreign nation — is monitoring specific individuals or their devices.
The Department of Homeland Security confirms the company was hired in January as part of a 90-day pilot program, but did not address details of the suspicious activity, or who might be behind it.