CIA Spies On You Via Connected Devices In Your Home

Gen. David H. Petraeus plays Wii golf.

David H. Petraeus plays Wii golf.

Or if they’re not doing so yet, they soon will. Spencer Ackerman reports for Wired‘s Danger Room blog:

More and more personal and household devices are connecting to the internet, from your television to your car navigation systems to your light switches. CIA Director David Petraeus cannot wait to spy on you through them.

Earlier this month, Petraeus mused about the emergence of an “Internet of Things” — that is, wired devices — at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm. “‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused, “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

All those new online devices are a treasure trove of data if you’re a “person of interest” to the spy community. Once upon a time, spies had to place a bug in your chandelier to hear your conversation. With the rise of the “smart home,” you’d be sending tagged, geolocated data that a spy agency can intercept in real time when you use the lighting app on your phone to adjust your living room’s ambiance.

“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said, “the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.”

Petraeus allowed that these household spy devices “change our notions of secrecy” and prompt a rethink of “our notions of identity and secrecy.” All of which is true — if convenient for a CIA director…

[continues at Wired‘s Danger Room blog]


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7 Comments on "CIA Spies On You Via Connected Devices In Your Home"

  1. Orwell read this and snickered.
    But in the end Winston learned to love Big Brother.

  2. Calypso_1 | Mar 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm |

    In other news paranoid schizophrenics found to have more accurate perceptions of reality than neuro-normative individuals.

  3. i saw some posts from facebook by some people in my town saying that, they found connections listed on their internet devices that appeared to be cia linked…

  4. Mamagriff50 | Mar 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm |

    They’re already watching you….They have a file on everyone. Or they can get one in a moments notice. You leave a trail every time you shop and use a stores bonus card or debit card etc. They even listen in on your phone calls for petes sake. We are a police state.

  5. Is it just you? or does every paranoid lunatic have an excessive sense of self importance? 

    Are you a terrorist? no.  
    Then nobody cares what you do in your house, nobody cares where you go. You are 1 out of 312,000,000 americans.  You are 1 out of 7 Billion people on earth.  Just shut up, drive to work, buy our merchandise, go to bed and do it again tomorrow. 

    again to reiterate: nobody cares about you.

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