…But Everything Else Can!
Recently Counselor to President Trump Kellyanne Conway became the subject of public ridicule for saying microwave ovens can turn into cameras to allow intelligence agencies to spy on people. Media outlets and the public laughed this off, but in reality the statement wasn’t too far off. Look at General Electric’s Line Up of WiFi Connected Appliances and you’ll see what I mean. Ovens, refrigerators, washers, dryers, air conditioners and water heaters all have microprocessors and connect to the internet. There are no WiFi enabled microwave ovens, but only because the radiation used to cook food also interferes with wireless data transmissions, but since an Amazon Alexa recently became a witness in a murder trial, there’s no reason to believe that these other appliances couldn’t be used to gather evidence in criminal cases as well.
According to the WikiLeaks Vault 7 release this week, pretty much all devices that can connect to the internet can be used as a spy tool by the government. In fact, FBI Director James Comey went so far as to say, “There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America; there is no place outside of judicial reach.”
Of course, most anything accessible by the government can also be accessed by hackers…