Spies could use your TV to snoop on youMarch 18th, 2012 - 5:54 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 18 (IANS) Spies could now snoop on you through your TV, dispensing with the necessity of planting bugs in your room, according to CIA director David Petraeus.
The CIA says it will be able to ‘read’ these devices via the internet - and perhaps even via radio waves from outside the home, Petraeus added.
Everything from remote controls to clock radios can now be controlled via apps - and chip company ARM recently unveiled low-powered, cheaper chips which will be used in everything from fridges and ovens to doorbells, according to the Daily Mail.
Petraeus said that web-connected gadgets will transform the art of spying - allowing spies to monitor people automatically without planting bugs, breaking and entering or even donning a tuxedo to infiltrate a dinner party.
“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,” he said.
Petraeus a former head of the allied forces in Afghanistan who became the CIA director on September 6, 2011, was speaking to a venture capital firm about new technologies which aim to add processors and web connections to previously ‘dumb’ home appliances such as fridges, ovens and lighting systems.
This week, one of the world’s biggest chip companies, ARM, unveiled a new processor built to work inside ‘connected’ white goods.
The ARM chips are smaller, lower-powered and far cheaper than previous processors - and designed to add the internet to almost every kind of electrical appliance.
Futurists think that one day ‘connected’ devices will tell the internet where they are and what they are doing at all times - and will be mapped by computers as precisely as Google Maps charts the physical landscape now.
Privacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation have warned of how information such as geolocation data can be misused - but as more and more devices connect, it’s clear that opportunities for surveillance will multiply.
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- Google launches 'cloud' service - Apr 25, 2012
- Intel ships new Atom processors to PC makers - Dec 29, 2011
- Scientists develop tool to step up software security - Jul 23, 2012
- Microwave oven-Maid launched - Jun 25, 2012
- Iran to unveil new home-made UAV - Jan 30, 2012
- Intel chips to power servers for cloud computing - Jul 15, 2011
- You can now destroy lost memory stick - Apr 17, 2012
- CIA reveals James Bond-like spy gadgets - Feb 23, 2011
- Apple working on universal touchscreen remote - Jan 27, 2012
- Controlling computers with simple eye movements - Jul 13, 2012
- Booby-trapped website could direct attacker to person's home, says expert - Aug 04, 2010
- New iPhone-controlled beer fridge cannon 'fires' the brew in your direction - Jan 05, 2011
- Petraeus' selection as CIA chief can further strain US-Pak relations - Apr 30, 2011
- Motorola smartphone to recognise your fingerprint - May 05, 2011
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