We should stop pretending that this capability is exclusive to law enforcement, and recognize that we’re all at risk because of it. If we continue to allow our cellular networks to be vulnerable to IMSI-catchers, then we are all vulnerable to any foreign government, criminal, hacker, or hobbyist that builds one.

Thanks to the FBI pretending they’re the only ones who can intercept cellular network transmissions (rather than encouraging network providers to secure their systems), the current cost to eavesdrop on local cellular calls and data is now under $300.