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Annoyed, or Paranoid?
by cosmicrat ·
7-March-2017, 5:22 pm

Knowing that the friendly folks in Langley can, if they want, find a way to listen to everything you say, track where you go, and read what you type, may not give you that warm fuzzy feeling inside, but we've guessed all along they could do that.  It's kind of relieving to know they haven't disappointed us.

Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed

One of the most fun facts revealed is that your TV may be watching you.

The attack against Samsung smart TVs was developed in cooperation with the United Kingdom's MI5/BTSS. After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a 'Fake-Off' mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on. In 'Fake-Off' mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the Internet to a covert CIA server.

So, relax.  They'll probably only hack you if you're really interesting.  If they do, consider it a compliment.

I wonder what's on TV.....

--cosmicrat      March 7 2017

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  •  cosmicrat: 

    It seems the first thing most people think about when considering privacy and spying is being seen naked.  After all, the only thing most people feel a need to hide is their bodies, or "private" parts thereof.  It's probably the least likely motive for any agency of the government to spy, not because we aren't attractive and exciting under our clothes, but because there are a large number of exhibitionists who enthusiastically supply the need for naked beauty online.

    Mostly, we're a nation of verbal exhibitionists, too.  We're willing to speak our minds at the slightest provocation.  That's a good thing.  If that were to become dangerous, it would be a different story. 

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  •  SecretCorners: 

    Just before Obama left office, he expanded the sharing of information between agencies, pretty much removing any barriers.  At the time many of us questioned why he would do such a thing,  Now we know.  Look at all of the illegal leaks coming out of the intelligent agencies; all of them.  Just about anyone that works at the intelligent agencies now have access to information gathered through surveillance.

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  •  SecretCorners: 

    It is a little more serious than just the police state watching what you get up to in your bedroom.

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  •  RonH: 

    Join the spooks: you can thus get paid for watching tv.

     473 days ago 
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  •  SecretCorners: 

    Welcome to the police state.  The Supreme Court has ruled more than once that privacy is granted by the Constitution.  What they found with the Twin Tower caper is that if you scare the public shitless, you can bugger them with a pitchfork and they will gladly let you.  I recently read where the TSA is going to get more aggressive with their "pat downs".  The sheeple could easily put an end to it by simply not flying; when airlines profits drop out the bottom, TSA will go bye bye.  However, people just bend over and let the government run its fist up their arse.

    By the way, those that think Trump is the bogeyman, remember that Obama is the one that let the police state grow.  Only by grace did the PATRIOT Act expire for them to just turn around and enact a new one.  First Obama lied saying that the government was not spying; yes, people forget just how often Obama told lies to the public, then when he could not continue the lies claimed it was necessary for the good of the people; blah, blah, blah.

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    •  cosmicrat: 

      The information from Wikileaks was interesting and good to know, but I doubt it was much of a shock to most people.  It just added details to capabilities we should have assumed they had.

      After all, our intelligence agencies are well-funded, and we should expect them to acquire the best technology possible, to be as good or better than anyone else's spies.  We all hope they don't have to be used, especially against our own citizens, just as we hope the same about our armed military.

      There may come a day, I hope, that we can safely dismantle both of those, and in the meantime hope for sane leaders and reliance on good diplomacy to minimize hostility.

      But as long as we need spies and armed forces 'just in case', we want both to be trained and equipped to be good at their jobs.  They certainly don't need MORE funds, and would still be more than sufficient on half their budget.  But it's not yet time to eliminate them.

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