What’s going on?
The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed the presence of “Stingrays” or “cell-site simulators” in the Washington, D.C. area. The devices mimic cellphone towers and then intercept information when mobile devices connect to them.
Do we know who’s doing this?
The DHS says it doesn’t know yet, but the stingrays could be the work of a foreign government. Cell-site simulators in Washington could be used to pry personal information from lawmakers' phones.
What else should I know?
Stingray devices are also used by police officers at the state and local level. The ACLU has found at least 73 agencies in 25 states that use the devices to trick nearby phones into sharing their location and other information.
Foreign entities may be spying on our government, but how much do we trust our own government to investigate?
“You know who’s good at phone security?” Glenn asked sarcastically. “We should leave it in the hands of the NSA.”