Anyone might be listening

The reason why the Apple vs. FBI encryption case is so important:

“Anybody can make a StingRay with parts from the Internet,” Rigmaiden tells me, citing a long litany of experiments over the years in which researchers have done just that. “The service provider is never going to know. There’s never any disruption. It’s basically completely stealth.” In the coming age of democratized surveillance, the person hacking into your cell phone might not be the police or the FBI. It could be your next-door neighbor.

This from this Bloomberg piece, which you should read this weekend. Someone, anyone, could be listening. Your data needs to be encrypted and secure, because it’s your data. It’s as simple as that.