OTTAWA, April 4 Canadian security agencies are
probing a media report that someone is illicitly tracking and
spying on cell phones in the area around Parliament Hill, Public
Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said on Tuesday.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said unidentified persons
had been using so-called International Mobile Subscriber
Identity (IMSI) spy devices that record all types of telephone,
internet or text-messaging conversations.
"Obviously we are very anxious to determine who lies at the
source of this activity," Goodale told reporters, saying the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian Security Intelligence
Service spy agency were both investigating.
No Canadian agency was responsible, he said, adding that
RCMP does use IMSI devices.
The CBC said it had detected four locations where the
devices were being used, close enough to cover Parliament Hill
and the office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as the
U.S. and Israeli embassies.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Dan Grebler)