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[Guardian] The government just admitted it will use smart home devices for spying

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As the Guardian reported, Clapper made clear that the internet of things – the many devices like thermostats, cameras and other appliances that are increasingly connected to the internet – are providing ample opportunity for intelligence agencies to spy on targets, and possibly the masses. And it’s a danger that many consumers who buy these products may be wholly unaware of.

“In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper told a Senate panel as part of his annual “assessment of threats” against the US.
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But the potential for these privacy violations has only recently started reaching millions of homes: Samsung sparked controversy last year after announcing a television that would listen to everything said in the room it’s in and in the fine print literally warned people not to talk about sensitive information in front of it.
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While Samsung took a bunch of heat, a wide array of devices now act as all-seeing or all-listening devices, including other television models, Xbox Kinect, Amazon Echo and GM’s OnStar program that tracks car owners’ driving patterns. Even a new Barbie has the ability to spy on you – it listens to Barbie owners to respond but also sends what it hears back to the mothership at Mattel.

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Uh oh, here we go...
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when bluetooth is better....let's use wifi.

what could possiblie go wrong.
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I'm assuming these devices have to first be connected via WiFi correct? Do they come with scripts that crack WPA2 access points and brute-force their way into peoples networks? lol

Semi-serious question... Just wondering how all that works without the user's interaction.
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This has been known for a while now. People were really worried about the kinect stuff several years ago.
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Not surprised about this.

What would surprise me is if people actually did something about it, instead of supporting/justifying it.
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I'm assuming these devices have to first be connected via WiFi correct? Do they come with scripts that crack WPA2 access points and brute-force their way into peoples networks? lol

Semi-serious question... Just wondering how all that works without the user's interaction.

Most of these home systems have a port opened to the main device so the user can check to see if his garage door is closed while he is at work. So, that gives them a way into your network. You have things like Amazon whatever where it listens and if you say its name it will do a search for you. You just need to intercept the packets being sent to that IP... very easy.
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Skynet

Think you meant: Inb4Skynet.
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Why would they want to watch me through my refrigerator when they can keep watching me through my phone like they have been for years?

I don't understand... obviously they CAN do anything, but let's be real now.. They've already had everything they've needed for many years now. Just because my stove has wifi and can tell me when my chemically filled gmo veggies and radioactive pacific fish TV dinner is done baking doesn't mean they're going to use it to spy on me! They're going to keep using phones... like they have been...
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