Paranoia (was Re: TEMPEST protection (was Rolm Computers: 1602, 1602A, 1602B, 1666, MSExx))
swiftgriggs at gmail.com
Thu May 5 16:01:31 CDT 2016
On Thu, 5 May 2016, Erik Baigar wrote:
> One does not really want to know what is possible (and done) today -
> where there is no need to dig tunnels any more ;-)
I don't really want to know because it'd probably be dangerous to know
such things. So, I heartily agree.
What I figure is that "they" (the NSA, CIA, gubment, whatever) have
probably all the capabilities that were hinted at in the Snowden files,
plus a few that were beyond his sight. However, it's a fairly squishy
bunch of speculation at this point.
The great thing is that I'm so dull nowadays, anyone who spies on me will
simply be bored to death. So, that's my secret defense.
My paranoia is really for the *future*:
* Phones have already been used as wireless listening devices, so have
"smart" televisions. I assume this will be new normal. Devices will
start not only listening, but doing speech-to-text conversion and
reacting to certain phrases etc.. If you can blackmail people by
encrypting their data, then they will soon do it with audio clips of
folks saying potentially embarrassing things. (ie.. you ring buffer the
audio so if your T2S engine detects something potentially juicy, you
save the preceding 2-3 minutes of audio.)
* Too many devices come with cameras (phones come to mind first, but
tablets etc..). These cameras supposedly have software controls but
methinks those are oft easily bypassed. If one was to create an
algorithm to detect a naked person (probably already patented), then
next we'll get blackmailed with naked pictures because we left the phone
in bathroom while taking a shower, et al.
* I remember back in the day when folks would worry about tty security and
how various secure applications would handle input and output buffering
from the keyboard. Now, that type of thing is soooo far beneath
abstraction layers galore I'd despair of _ever_ securing it. Complexity
is the enemy of security.
* GPS and "location based services" are already a big juicy target, but
imagine what you could do with a little AI. Imagine some group like the
East German Stazi with that kind of power. "Ah, vee see that you left a
political rally and went to a hardware store. You were buying materials
for weapons weren't you? Admit it. Why cannot you sign the papers old
man? " Then there is the potential for catching cheating spouses. I'd
posit this can be done (somewhat in some cases) via algorithms on your
phone. Imagine what people would pay then...
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