US Spy Chief: We Could Use Your Fridge to Spy on You

A U.S. intelligence chief has said for the first time that household devices connected to the Internet, such as smart fridges, light bulbs and thermostats, could be used as surveillance tools. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told a Senate panel hearing on Tuesday that the so-called Internet of Things could herald a new era of surveillance, allowing intelligence agencies to digitally track people beyond smartphones, tablets and computers. “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 in a report presented to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Try Newsweek: Subscription offers Clapper’s report also found that the Internet of Things represents one of the…


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