Smart home devices open up a whole new world for intelligence agencies

Posted on Wednesday, Feb 10 2016 @ 21:31 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
US intelligence chief James Clapper acknowledged in a testimony submitted to the Senate on Tuesday that spy agencies could use the Internet of Things, and in particular smart home devices, to enhance their surveillance capabilities. Besides providing an extra vector for surveillance, many Internet of Things device also suffer from poor security, making them easy to hack.
“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 said.

Clapper did not specifically name any intelligence agency as involved in household-device surveillance. But security experts examining the internet of things take as a given that the US and other surveillance services will intercept the signals the newly networked devices emit, much as they do with those from cellphones. Amateurs are already interested in easily compromised hardware; computer programmer John Matherly’s search engine Shodan indexes thousands of completely unsecured web-connected devices.
Full details at The Guardian.


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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