Cyber snooper

Last week in a congressional testimony, U.S. Intelligence Chief James Clapper said it is a distinct possibility government agencies could be using Internet of Things devices in your home in their intelligence surveillance. However, Spencer Ackerman and Sam Thielman report for The Guardian that Clapper did not specify which, if any, agency was partaking in this action.

“In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said.

But security experts examining the internet of things take as a given that the US and other surveillance services will intercept the signals the newly networked devices emit, much as they do with those from cellphones.

The White House’s new cybersecurity initiative, unveiled on Tuesday, pledged increased security for nontraditional networked home devices. It tasked the Department of Homeland Security to “test and certify networked devices within the ‘Internet of Things’.” It did not discuss any tension between the US’s twin cybersecurity and surveillance priorities.

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