We’re going to use your toothbrush to spy on you, says Clapper

The Internet of Things is a godsend for the US intelligence services, according to Director of National Intelligence and professional splitter-of-hairs James Clapper. In prepared testimony [PDF] for the Senate Armed Services Committee, Clapper highlighted that “widespread vulnerabilities” in new devices represent “new opportunities for our own intelligence services.” Asked to give a report on worldwide threats facing the United States, Clapper started his testimony by specifically highlighting the Internet of Things (IoT) as a potential goldmine for surveillance – echoing a similar conclusion reached by academics last week. “Smart devices incorporated into the electric grid … can threaten data privacy, data integrity, or continuity of services,” he said. “In the future, intelligence services might use the IoT for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to…


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