Spy Gear & Your Privacy – Gone!!! If you think a “Smart Home” is the way to go, then think again!
Internet connected household goods are some of the most digitally porous devices; TVs, refrigerators, ovens, coffee pots, dishwashers, dryers and so on. Globally there are already some 10 billion such appliances, few of which have any safeguards. After all, what level of protection should we logically expect in an $18 Wi-Fi connected light bulb? In one case, a casino was hacked through its fish tank thermometer. Reportedly, attacks through such devices are rising at 600% per year.
One reason is that many devices are built with off the shelf general purpose CPU chips. These can have an array of standard features that the seller does not care about, or even know about, and does not disclose to the buyer. According to an FBI alert, some internet connected toys can send a kidnapper or pervert the child’s name, school, likes, dislikes, age, activities, address, conversations, photo and real time physical location.
Please read those last five words again. You might also Google “Artificial Intelligence Can Clone Any Voice, Yours Too” [Lyrebird}.
The internet reminds me of the old warning from the Vietnam War era: the fact that you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.
(Excerpted from and thanks to Richard Maybury’s Early Warning Report)
JUDGE O.K. AUTHORITIES GOING INTO ACCUSED’S HOME TO EXAMINE RECORDING DEVICE SUCH AS AMAZON ECHO OR GOOGLE HOME.
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