We love our Netflix, more than half of U.S. households have it at home. Shocking yes! It’s quite a revelation then that the CIA can snoop on us via our Samsung TVs according to a recent Wikileaks dump, further complicating our consumer privacy in the coming age of IoT.
Do you care about your privacy? Then read on.
The post Edward Snowden era does not bring huge surprises on the fate of privacy as we move further into the data-centric information economy. The truth is, it’s not so easy to future-proof your mobile and other devices from skilled hackers or agencies.
Cyber espionage techniques and tapping into your GPS on your phone to know your location, is not exactly rocket science, as many documentaries and hacking events have shown.
Smart speakers in the home are fun, but they could theoretically be listening to you 24/7. The NSA, Google and Amazon are more likely Big Data collectors than the CIA. Big brother surveillance is not dead, the tools have just been diversified.
Are We on the Path to the End of Privacy
You don’t need Wikileaks to know that privacy is or will soon be, dead. Before video surveillance becomes ubiquitous, hot words spotted in a sea of streaming audio data is the likely culprit that ends privacy.
Android phone exploits or the vulnerability of IoT devices aren’t exactly challenges for the criminal hacker or government intelligence agency. Your mobile device is your new best friend, and also a liability.
The Wikileaks dump of recent files, assuming the documents are genuine, point to the existence of infiltration techniques and zero day exploits that are malevolent code that can find flaws in software with the ability to create back doors that can remain secret for long periods.
The CIA is capable of doing activities and then place evidence or spoof that it’s from Russia. We’re already living in an era of cyber warfare. We should not assume our privacy exists, unless we have taken precautions.
The CIA Just Got Cloned
The world of cyber-warfare indicates many agencies in the world might possess sophisticated malware such as Brutal Kangaroo, Weeping Angel, Fine Dining, Cutthroat, HarpyEagle and other good company. The “Vault 7,” revelations is a lot of cyber dirt, with the file containing 8,761 documents.
Since the documents seem to make the argument that the CIA has lost control of its hacking arsenal, the sharp and not so pesky cyber devices such as malware, weaponized ZD exploits, Trojans and so forth mean remote control systems and exploits might soon be on the rise. Several hundred million lines of code are now likely circulating the world giving unknown forces the hacking capacity of the CIA itself. If true, this is no joke.
Historically we can only assume that the number of zero day exploits (estimated in the dozens) was used by the NSA and the tech companies who cooperated with them. The Tech community have a long history of collaborating with agencies in a way that could have left any citizen open and vulnerable to snooping.
The Wikileaks basically contain also information that encrypted apps are also not safe such as WhatsApp and Signal. So where does that leave the privacy conscious and paranoid citizen? In this light, what are the chances of Donald Trump not being tapped? If you tap foreign politicians, obviously you are going to monitor internal candidates to office.
There is an extreme proliferation risk in the development of cyber ‘weapons’. – Julian Assange (WikiLeaks Editor)
Personal Virtual Assistants will be Hacked
In the era of data, machine intelligence and the IoT, the consumer or private citizen is not going to win. When Weeping Angel can place a target Samsung TV in a fake-off mode, you have to wonder what else is possible that we simply aren’t aware of yet?
With drones, smart speakers and other new devices yet to come, the next time you say “Hey Alexa” or “OK Google”, think about your data, your affiliations and your ethics in a whole new light. With this WikiLeaks revelation, we might have just witnessed the beginning of the end of privacy.
Are you attached to your privacy?
Would you be willing to give it up for the benefits of technology and new experiences?