With the latest rise of 'smart gadgets', spying on you at home has become so much easier. New gadgets linking home appliances to the internet could change all notions of secrecy in the home. George Orwell spinning in his grave?
The CIA claims that when you download a Netflix film or listen to web radio, they will know exactly what you are doing. CIA director, David Patraeus says that "the rise of 'connected' gadgets controlled by apps will mean that people 'bug' their own homes."
The Daily Mail reports that the CIA say they will be able to 'read' these devices via the internet - and possibly even via radio waves from outside the home.
At an In-Q-Tel summit, Petraeus, representing the CIA's venture capital firm stated: "‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies, particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”
“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,” Petraeus explained. “The latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.”
RT advises that the largest microchip company in the world, ARM has presented new processors that could be implanted into virtually every household appliance. These processors would connect to the Internet, and the appliances could then be remotely controlled, combined with other applications. The company has described the concept as the “Internet of things.”
The Gizmodo technology blog has reported that the National Security Agency has started building a huge supercomputer which could be used to process this the information gleaned from these spy devices. The supercomputer will be a $2 billion facility that can process yottabytes (a quadrillion gigabytes) and will be based in Utah.
RT states that this will be a centerpiece for the Global Information Grid which is set to go live in September 2013.
George Orwell must be not just turning, but spinning in his grave at these latest 1984-style inventions.