On another note, I saw a post at the Charles Carroll Society page about how some government agencies have used “StingRay” tech to get into your mobile phone.
I am not overly concerned about this myself, since I am probably already being monitored by 17 national security agencies, and, hey!, this is just one more thing. But … I found this interesting, because we are living in increasingly interesting times.
From the post:
What is StingRay?
StingRay devices or what geeky people call IMSI-catchers are a line of products made by Harris corporation and others that are fake cell phone towers. Your phone is constantly trying to connect to any and all cell phone towers. When you are connected, it shows up as “bars” on your phone. “Bars” indicate how well you are connected to the nearest cell phone tower. The Harris RayFish line of devices are fake towers. They appear to your cell phone to be a real AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc. towers. They trick your phone in to disconnecting from your normal cell phone tower and automatically connecting to the Harris fake cell phone towers. You should think of this connection as a physical cable directly connected to your cell phone. Once your cell phone has been connected to the cell tower, the StingRay device can monitor your calls, text, web usage, search terms and track the phone’s movements very accurately into a few feet even indoors.
Why do I care?
One issue is that if the government is tracking “bad Bob” across the street or in an airport your phone is also being tracked and hacked by the government. You see all cell phones in the area will connect, not just “bad Bob.” We know this is a fact because an FBI Agent under oath confirmed our worse suspicions. Special Agent Bradley S Morrison said under oath that the StingRay devices collect data “…from all wireless devices in the immediate area of the [device] … including those of innocent, non-target devices.” We also know this by reviewing the documents Snowden leaked to the public that several capabilities exist to hack your cell phone.
Remember, when it comes to your tech and everything you do online or by phone, do not expect privacy.
I’ll turn on the moderation queue for this.