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[Wired] An Eavesdropping Lamp That Livetweets Private Conversations

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As former NSA director Michael Hayden learned on an Amtrak train last year, anyone with a smartphone instantly can become a livetweeting snoop. Now a whole crowd of amateur eavesdroppers could be as close as the nearest light fixture.

Two artists have revealed Conversnitch, a device they built for less than $100 that resembles a lightbulb or lamp and surreptitiously listens in on nearby conversations and posts snippets of transcribed audio to Twitter. Kyle McDonald and Brian House say they hope to raise questions about the nature of public and private spaces in an era when anything can be broadcast by ubiquitous, Internet-connected listening devices.

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This has got to be the coolest thing out there but also the scariest!
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With the stuff I say its twitter account would be blocked in a heart beat tongue.gif
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With the stuff I say its twitter account would be blocked in a heart beat tongue.gif
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Leave it to the British to be foul mouthed thumb.gif

Still, I'm surprised this hasn't happened sooner. Lets face it, wi-fi and smartphones / laptops have been around for quite awhile. I'm guessing that most of us aren't important enough to be listened to.

Time to start building a mobile jamming device that scrambles signals whenever I'm around ! biggrin.gif
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You won't have many friends with that jamming thing...too rare nowadays to be in any group of ppl were a decent % to 100% of them phase out for at least a few moments every now and then checking their crap online...you know, that "life-or-death" situation correspondence of ours.

Plus GSM jammers and the like are illegal.

Plus, as already proven with location logging, a device that can transcribe voice to text in real time, will have little issue storing few bytes of text, only to upload as soon as network coverage is available again.

Ze secret will get out.
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That raises some legal issues, doesn't it? This would be cool as a prank for embarrassing someone, but wouldn't there be some serious legal ramifications if it tweets something sensitive/criminal without the participants knowing?

I think Ron Swanson has it figured out, we should just retreat to cabins in the woods...
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That raises some legal issues, doesn't it? This would be cool as a prank for embarrassing someone, but wouldn't there be some serious legal ramifications if it tweets something sensitive/criminal without the participants knowing?

I think Ron Swanson has it figured out, we should just retreat to cabins in the woods...

If you are in public space... then no. If you go into private space and fail to read the 3 point font notice sign by the front door as you walk in, then that is your fault.
Generally speaking as long as you give notice you can record whatever you want.

Very grey and scary place right now tongue.gif
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You won't have many friends with that jamming thing...too rare nowadays to be in any group of ppl were a decent % to 100% of them phase out for at least a few moments every now and then checking their crap online...you know, that "life-or-death" situation correspondence of ours.

Plus GSM jammers and the like are illegal.

Plus, as already proven with location logging, a device that can transcribe voice to text in real time, will have little issue storing few bytes of text, only to upload as soon as network coverage is available again.

Ze secret will get out.

I'm only going to buy cheap lamps now.
post #8 of 12
I do not own lamps nor will I ever purchase a lamp because I only use LED bulbs in all my light fixtures. Now I am even more paranoid than I was. Time to get a personal scanner!

But then again, I doubt anyone cares to listen to my ramblings. I am not noteworthy enough to be taken seriously.....
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the conversations they'll get from me would make porn directors want to nominate me their crown prince.
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I could see a lot of legitimate uses for this.

Especially so if you work in a hostile work environment.
    
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