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WikiLeaks: CIA Hacked into Mobile Phones and Samsung Smart TVs, Listened to Conversations

"Most emblematic realization” of George Orwell’s 1984: WikiLeaks reveals that the CIA hacked iPhones, Android devices and Samsung TVs, turning them into covert microphones.

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Posted by Richard Gunther on March 7, 2017

Um…kind of makes Visio seem like a bunch of amateurs! I’m kidding, obviously. But if this is true, this is horrible on so many levels. Privacy and unwarranted surveillance issues aside, this is every tech conspiracy theorist’s nightmare, right? Guess what: Your TV really IS spying on you. Not figuratively, not mining meta-data, not pixel scraping. Full-on, unfettered spying. Yikes.

Posted by TheDarkKnight on March 7, 2017

And yet, the Government still doesn’t know how to build roads!

Posted by Chris dePaola on March 7, 2017

Yeah, don’t care and I support them.  Keep us safe please, that’s all I care about.

Posted by John Nemesh on March 7, 2017

In Soviet Amerika, TV watches YOU!

Posted by RobMacK on March 8, 2017

As should be obvious by now to anyone who’s been observing this group these past 4 years, Wikileaks is nothing more than a Russian propaganda/disinformation machine. Whether or not this “info” is actually true is not the point. Privacy, either online or in person, disappeared many many years ago. It has been replaced with paranoia, fear and misinformation.

Do I doubt that the CIA and their international counterparts have come up with all sorts of nasty tools to spy on us? Nope. Do I care? Yes. What can I do about it? Nothing. What can anyone do about it? V little. Will these tools be refined & developed by other 3rd party hackers in days/months/years to come? Of course! And what can I do about that, apart from getting rid of every modern convenience with a microchip inside of it and go live as a hermit in a cave, bartering my wares for life’s necessities? Pretty much nothing.

Move along, nothing to see here. Keep us safe? Yeah, they’re doing a great job with that.

Posted by ProAudioGA on March 13, 2017

Seriously??  a russian disinformation machine…???  Some of you never cease to amaze me.  WikiLeaks has never , NEVER, had to retract a report due to false information.  I completely disagree with the release of this information, but it is extremely accurate.  Let’s try to not go down some crazy rabbit hole of conspiracy here.  If you were surprised by this information then you should really do a better job of following the technology in our industry.  There are really only two things to take from this development:  1) The CIA is not authorized to operate on us soil so this information is being shared across all branches of government, and 2) if you want privacy, move to the country and go off the grid.  just be sure you look out for drones that can here you speak from 10,000 ft.  face it, the convenience brought to us by our technology is also the very thing that makes us the most uncomfortable.  As someone who once held a top secret clearance i can tell you that almost every single “Cool” gadget that we have today started in a defense contractors lab over 5 years ago.  So please, come out of your basement, wipe the Cheetos dust off your fingers, and soak in some sunshine.  This was inevitable and there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop it.

Posted by John Nemesh on March 16, 2017

If you take a step back and read what was revealed, the affected models were the “F” series Samsung sets from a few years back…also the CURRENT sets do NOT have a mic in the TV, nor do they have the cameras that were present in the old models.  Voice recognition on current models is via the mic on the bluetooth connected remote…and if you have customers who are concerned about it, you can easily control the set with a universal remote that does NOT have a mic!  Problem solved.  Next?

Posted by BFN on March 17, 2017

Sure, wikileaks is as truthful as those late night ads on TV.  GO CIA!!

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Posted by BFN on March 17, 2017

Sure, wikileaks is as truthful as those late night ads on TV.  GO CIA!!

Posted by John Nemesh on March 16, 2017

If you take a step back and read what was revealed, the affected models were the “F” series Samsung sets from a few years back…also the CURRENT sets do NOT have a mic in the TV, nor do they have the cameras that were present in the old models.  Voice recognition on current models is via the mic on the bluetooth connected remote…and if you have customers who are concerned about it, you can easily control the set with a universal remote that does NOT have a mic!  Problem solved.  Next?

Posted by ProAudioGA on March 13, 2017

Seriously??  a russian disinformation machine…???  Some of you never cease to amaze me.  WikiLeaks has never , NEVER, had to retract a report due to false information.  I completely disagree with the release of this information, but it is extremely accurate.  Let’s try to not go down some crazy rabbit hole of conspiracy here.  If you were surprised by this information then you should really do a better job of following the technology in our industry.  There are really only two things to take from this development:  1) The CIA is not authorized to operate on us soil so this information is being shared across all branches of government, and 2) if you want privacy, move to the country and go off the grid.  just be sure you look out for drones that can here you speak from 10,000 ft.  face it, the convenience brought to us by our technology is also the very thing that makes us the most uncomfortable.  As someone who once held a top secret clearance i can tell you that almost every single “Cool” gadget that we have today started in a defense contractors lab over 5 years ago.  So please, come out of your basement, wipe the Cheetos dust off your fingers, and soak in some sunshine.  This was inevitable and there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop it.

Posted by RobMacK on March 8, 2017

As should be obvious by now to anyone who’s been observing this group these past 4 years, Wikileaks is nothing more than a Russian propaganda/disinformation machine. Whether or not this “info” is actually true is not the point. Privacy, either online or in person, disappeared many many years ago. It has been replaced with paranoia, fear and misinformation.

Do I doubt that the CIA and their international counterparts have come up with all sorts of nasty tools to spy on us? Nope. Do I care? Yes. What can I do about it? Nothing. What can anyone do about it? V little. Will these tools be refined & developed by other 3rd party hackers in days/months/years to come? Of course! And what can I do about that, apart from getting rid of every modern convenience with a microchip inside of it and go live as a hermit in a cave, bartering my wares for life’s necessities? Pretty much nothing.

Move along, nothing to see here. Keep us safe? Yeah, they’re doing a great job with that.

Posted by John Nemesh on March 7, 2017

In Soviet Amerika, TV watches YOU!

Posted by Chris dePaola on March 7, 2017

Yeah, don’t care and I support them.  Keep us safe please, that’s all I care about.

Posted by TheDarkKnight on March 7, 2017

And yet, the Government still doesn’t know how to build roads!

Posted by Richard Gunther on March 7, 2017

Um…kind of makes Visio seem like a bunch of amateurs! I’m kidding, obviously. But if this is true, this is horrible on so many levels. Privacy and unwarranted surveillance issues aside, this is every tech conspiracy theorist’s nightmare, right? Guess what: Your TV really IS spying on you. Not figuratively, not mining meta-data, not pixel scraping. Full-on, unfettered spying. Yikes.