Cell phone jammers without proper authorization are illegal in US

March 6th, 2012 - 10:45 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Mar 6 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Ever since a bus commuter, only identified as Eric, admitted to the use of cell phone jammer, the interest in the device has gone up in many Americans. The device is used to disrupt the signal of mobile phones.

With the increasing interest in the device, experts have been forced to comment on the implications. First, it has been revealed that the use of cell phone jammers without proper authorization is illegal in the United States. Under the law, a person found to be using the device unlawfully could be fined to a total of $16,000 or spend some time behind bars.

Cell phone jammers generated interest after “Eric” spoke on the radio about how he uses the device to disrupt people who make noisy calls in buses and trains. He said such calls are irritating and rude to him, so that is his way of addressing them.

Richard Mislan, a former communications electronic officer of the US Army and an assistant professor of computer and information technology at Rutgers University who specializes in cyberforensics explained how the jammers work.

He said that, “In layman’s terms, they basically just interrupt the signals in the area. They are a louder signal, if you will, than anything else in the area. As a phone tries to connect to a tower, it can’t because there’s this other noise, if you will, in the way.”

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