Toward a Post-Privacy Society: The $1,500 Cell-Phone Tap

Tangential to the Wikileaks story is this fascinating AP news item.

Is a world without secrets a technological inevitability? Not without a fight, I reckon, but extrapolate a few human generations out, and the sociological consequences are fascinating:

Hacker builds $1,500 cell-phone tapping device
By Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer

Saturday, July 31, 2010

A computer security researcher has built a device for just $1,500 that can intercept some kinds of cell phone calls and record everything that’s said.

The significance of Chris Paget’s work is that it shows how cheaply such devices, which have been around for decades and are often used by law enforcement, can now be built by hobbyists with equipment easily found on the Internet …

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