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Smart Places.



Big Brother is watching you.
(George Orwell - 1984)





Malicious Siri commands can be hidden in music and innocuous-sounding speech recordings. (Ben Lovejoy - 9to5Mac - 10/5/2018) [A group of students from Berkeley have demonstrated how malicious commands to Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa can be hidden in recorded music or innocuous-sounding speech. Simply playing the tracks over the radio, streaming music track or podcast could allow attackers to take control of a smart home.]

Google and Apple's Systems to Track you in Person: What the Media Isn't Telling You. (Michael Kwet - CounterPunch - 6/9/2018)

No, Thanks, Jeff Bezos. I Do NOT Want Alexa Controlling My Home. (David Klinghoffer - Evolution News - 9/5/2018)

Facial Recognition Used by Wales Police Has 90 Percent False Positive Rate. (AJ Dellinger - Gizmodo - 6/5/2018)

Companies in China Are Using Brain Sensors to Monitor Employees' Emotions. (Sidney Fussell - Gizmodo - 30/4/2018)

Chinese man caught by facial recognition at pop concert. (BBC News - 13/4/2018)

How hackers could turn a 'smart city' into a house of cards. (John Brandon - Fox News - 24/3/2018)

China = 'Big Brother' for its surveillance tech. But US uses it too: Americans have been living in the brave new world of facial recognition technology in law enforcement for years. (Doug Tsuruoka - Asia Times - 23/3/2018)

Cops Wanting to Track Movements of Hundreds of People Are Turning to Google For Location Records. (Tim Cushing - TechDirt - 19/1/2018)

Madison Square Garden Has Been Secretly Using Face Recognition Tech: Report. (Sidney Fussell - Gizmodo- 13/3/2018)

MoviePass CEO backpedals on location tracking and talks strategy to break even by 2019. (Devin Coldewey - TechCrunch - 1/3/2018)

China Exporting Its Surveillance Tech And Philosophy to Other Countries, Helped by Equipment Donations. (Glyn Moody - TechCrunch - 1/2/2018)

Scoop: Trump team considers nationalizing 5G network. (Jonathan Swan, David McCabe, Ina Fried, Kim Hart - Axios - 28/1/2018)

China is Building The Ultimate Surveillance Tool: A DNA Database of Every Adult Resident in Troubled Xinjiang Region. (Glyn Moody - TechCrunch - 18/12/2017)

China's CCTV surveillance network took just 7 minutes to capture BBC reporter. (Jon Russell - TechCrunch - 13/12/2017)

Vulnerability Found In Amazon Key, Again Showing How Dumber Tech Is Often The Smarter Option. (Karl Bode - TechDirt - 22/11/2017)

All your WIFI are belong to us: Major vulnerability in WPA2 to be released. (Lloyd Chambers - 16/10/2017)

Insecure IoT Devices Pose Physical Threat to General Public. (Billy Rios - Information Week - July 2017)

UK Police Test Facial Recognition Tech at Carnival, Rack Up 35 Bogus 'Hits' And One Wrongful Arrest. (Tim Cushing - TechDirt - 5/9/2017)

CCTV + Lip-Reading Software = Even Less Privacy, Even More Surveillance. (Glyn Moody - TechDirt - 28/8/2017)

Disney Wants to Track Park Visitors by Secretly Photographing Their Shoes Like a Creep. (Gizmodo - Andrew Liszewski - 28/7/2016)

Internet of Things to be used as spy tool by governments: US intel chief: Clapper says spy agencies "might" use IoT for surveillance, location tracking. (David Kravets - ArsTechnica - 10/2/2016)

Police Using Planes Equipped with Dirtbox to Spy on your Cell Phones: California Police Using Planes Equipped with Dirtbox to Spy on your Cell Phones The Anaheim Police Department of California  Home of Disneyland  admitted that they used special Cell Phone surveillance technology, known as DirtBox, mounted on aircraft to track millions of mobile users activities. (Swati Khandelwal - The Hacker News - 29/1/2016)

Pass through airport security with this implanted NFC chip. (Todd Ogasawara - ExtremeTech - 19/1/2016)

New York bill would ban strong encryption, mandate backdoors in all devices. (ExtremeTech - 2016)

The Internet of Things: A Dystopian Nightmare Where Everyone and Everything Is Monitored. (Tyler Durden - ZeroHedge - 02/03/2015)

Smart Meter Opponent Who Was Arrested for Filming Cops Last Year Found Not Guilty. (The Blaze - 2014)




The Cringeworthy Mindless Tech Propaganda category...


IoT devices could be next customer data frontier. (Ron Miller - TechCrunch - 30/3/2018)

Alexa in your ceiling? GE teases voice-friendly smart lights for CES: Coming later this year, new Wi-Fi-connected ceiling lights from GE will include built-in microphones that let you talk to Alexa or Google Assistant -- no smart speakers needed. (Ry Crist - CNET - 2/1/2018)