Surveillance State Exploits “Internet of Things”

Thursday, February 11, 2016
By Paul Martin

State fights end-to-end encryption

Kurt Nimmo
February 11, 2016

In addition to the purported rise of domestic extremism, National Intelligence boss James Clapper on Tuesday told the Senate intelligence agencies in the United States will exploit an emerging array of internet-connected devices, known as the “internet of things.”

Increasingly a large number of objects—including animals and people—are being assigned unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without human interaction. From handheld communication and entertainment devices (including televisions and webcams) to cars and household appliances and utilities (notably, smart meters), hundreds of objects now have IP addresses.

“In its extreme, everything can be connected to the Internet. It’s really just a matter of time, as these self-powered wireless-enabled computers become smaller and cheaper,” writes security expert Bruce Schneier. “Soon everything we do, both online and offline, will be recorded and stored forever.”

James Clapper admitted the government and its ever-expanding surveillance state will exploit personal information for the purpose of monitoring and tracking individuals.

”Smart devices incorporated into the electric grid, vehicles—including autonomous vehicles—and household appliances are improving efficiency, energy conservation, and convenience. However, security industry analysts have demonstrated that many of these new systems can threaten data privacy, data integrity, or continuity of services. In the future, intelligence services might use the loT [Internet of Things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” he said.

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