If you thought the NSA's somewhat extensive digital surveillance programs were the extent of spying in our increasingly digitally connected futures, you forgot to consider all the new gadgets and devices made to record our every move. As our gadgets turn "smart" they also turn into potential sleuths. Every TV, phone, laptop, and any other Internet connected thing has a camera equipped with a voice recorder. And, not too surprisingly, hackers and law enforcement officials alike have already figured out how to turn these technologies against us.
The TV That Secretly Records You
Samsung's smart TV got a little too smart when hackers somehow turned on the television's built-in camera. And, unlike the webcam hackers who spy on women, no little indicator light or anything turned on while recording. The hack has since been patched, but the whole process shows the vulnerability of any Internet connect television.
The hacking process sounds pretty straight-forward, as explained by CNN's Erica Fink and Laurie Segall. The hackers tapped into the TV's Web browser, which gave access to all the TV's functions, including the camera. "We know that the way we were able to do this has been fixed; it doesn't mean that there aren't other ways that could be discovered in the future, " Josh Yavo, the iSEC security analyst who discovered the hole, said. Or, for that matter, other televisions with the same weakness.