New Spy Apparatus Lets People "Bug" Themselves

By:  Jack Kenny
03/19/2012
       
New Spy Apparatus Lets People "Bug" Themselves

The good news is that in the near future governments, including our own, may no longer be planting bugs or tapping phones to spy on people. The bad news is they won't have to. New surveillance technology has been developed that will enable the CIA and other agencies to keep its eyes and ears on what people are watching and listening to by a series of connected gadgets activated when a movie is downloaded or a Web radio station is turned on.

The good news is that in the near future governments, including our own, may no longer be planting bugs or tapping phones to spy on people. The bad news is they won't have to. New surveillance technology has been developed that will enable the CIA and other agencies to keep its eyes and ears on what people are watching and listening to by a series of connected gadgets activated when a movie is downloaded or a Web radio station is turned on. Even basic home appliances, from refrigerators to clock radios, may soon come equipped with apparatus that enables those outside the home to keep tabs on where the occupant is and what he is doing. The new technology will transform the world of electronic surveillance, predicts CIA Director David Petraeus.

 "'Transformational' is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies," said Petraeus as quoted in the  Daily Mail, a British newspaper. Petraeus was speaking to a venture capital firm about new technologies that aim to add processors and Web connections to previously  "dumb" home appliances such as refrigerators, ovens and even lighting systems, the London tabloid reported. Petraeus described to potential investors the effect the technologies will have on what he called "clandestine statecraft"

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Photo: CIA Director David Petraeus

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