Were we all suckered by the mystery "cell phone tower" story?
Update: This story has been edited to remove an assertion that ESD America did not inform authorities about its discovery of the mystery towers, when in fact it had.
We all like a good conspiracy theory, and in an era of rightful paranoia about our government spying on us, some stories just beg to be taken hook, line and sinker. That might be the case of the mystery cell phone towers.
First of all, they are not actually towers; they are interceptors, or IMSI Catchers, and they are about the size of a suitcase. These devices are basically just computers with an antenna and sometimes called “StingRays,” since there is a popular brand sold under that name. The EFF has called StingRays “The Biggest Technological Threat to Cell Phone Privacy You Don’t Know About.”