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Has The CIA Hacked Your Smart TV?

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized
 
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Could the CIA take control of your smart home or even hijack your car remotely?  According to a massive dump of documents by WikiLeaks, if you’ve got a smart device of any kind, spies have a way to get to you.

WikiLeaks published over 8,000 documents it says come from the CIA’s cyber intelligence division. According to those documents, (which, of course, no one is willing to verify) that division has been pretty busy.

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CIA hackers have allegedly malware for targeting Android smartphones and iPhones.   Don’t think you’re protected if you’re using encryption. This malware can allegedly get around the encryption methods of apps like Signal, Telegram, Confide, and Cloakman.

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But smartphones aren’t the only targets. There’s also malware designed for Microsoft, Mac, and Linux operating systems.  It doesn’t matter which version of any of these operating system you’re using, apparently, the government can watch your every mood.

There’s even a program called Weeping Angel (is that a Doctor Who reference?)  that can infect your smart TV. It sets up a fake off mode that makes you think the TV is off when in reality it’s watching you and recording your conversations. That’s probably a heck of a lot easier than breaking in and planting a listening device.

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The agency is also reported to have looked into ways to hack into cars and infect them with malware that could either disable your vehicle or cause you to have an accident.

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Reports also say that they’ve appropriated and altered Russian malware in order to blame CIA cyber-attacks on Russians.

I suppose one would hope that the CIA would be on top of the latest technology to use in spying efforts, but you’d also like to think that they know how to keep that information secret. But, if this information is real, they have a long way to go with that. I wonder if the password was password on their server?

~ Cynthia

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5 Responses to “Has The CIA Hacked Your Smart TV?”

  1. C. Miller says:

    If you have you’re internet turned off your smart TV, can they still listen in?

    • cynthia says:

      It it’s not connected, there’s no way to collect data.

      • Yale Schwartz says:

        To clarify … “If it’s not connected” means physically disconnected. If you simply disconnect via software, you can’t be sure the malware hasn’t “faked” the disconnect.

  2. Bill B. says:

    I’m not a big fan of turning cars into rolling computers. Or turning TV’s into spies…We got along just fine when our cars didn’t have computers controlling everything, and when they broke down we didn’t have to pay $350.00 for a mass air flow sensor…All this technology in cars is for the rich….we working people cannot afford to keep our ‘old beater’ ( anything 1999 or newer )cars running when they need repair. Does a car need to cost over $30,000 or a new truck $50,000, which is by the way, a marketing gimmick to get ‘guys’ to buy trucks…In the era I grew up in we towed trailers and boats and even mobile homes with automobiles. Wake up and smell the roses.
    Bill B.

    • Chris says:

      I totally agree with you Bill. Technology is ridiculous these days……what’s new today is dead tomorrow……….it’s disgusting and meant to bleed our pockets.

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