Saturday, February 13, 2016

Tabula Rosa Systems Blog Of 2/12/2016 - Watch Out, Feds Eye the 'Internet of Things' as Next Frontier in Spying

The article below left me with a variety of increased concerns. Items such as personal, national privacy will all become far more threatened by the IoT than most netizens realize. The encryption that some companies are now doing and the the ability to set up personal data and communication encryption are soon to become dwarfed by what will be inherent weak and vulnerable security. Additionally, it will become harder to understand where these weknesses are most pronounced.

Again as netizens, we all must realize where these gaps are to protect ourselves, our environment, the economy and our country!
Feds Eye the 'Internet of Things' as Next Frontier in Spying
FEBRUARY 10, 2016 12:37PM EST
James Clapper this week acknowledged that agencies may use smart household devices to increase surveillance efforts.
 Be careful what you say around your home appliances: devices connected to the Internet of Things might be spying on you.
U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that "intelligence services might use the IoT for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials."
The comment was part of a larger report titled "Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community," which also pointed to virtual and augmented reality and artificial intelligence as potential global threats.
"Devices, designed and fielded with minimal security requirements and testing, and an ever-increasing complexity of networks could lead to widespread vulnerabilities in civilian infrastructures and US Government systems," he wrote. "These developments will pose challenges to our cyber defenses and operational tradecraft but also create new opportunities for our own intelligence collectors."
As it relates to the IoT, Clapper acknowedged that smart devices "are improving efficiency, energy conservation, and convenience." But there are trade-offs, as "many of these new systems can threaten data privacy, data integrity, or continuity of services.
"The consequences of innovation and increased reliance on information technology in the next few years … will probably be far greater in scope and impact than ever," Clapper told the Senate.
 Government access to the gadgets of U.S. citizens has been a hot-button issue lately, ever since Apple and Google said they would encrypt their mobile operating systems by default. The feds, particularly the FBI, complained that the move makes it harder to root out terrorists who communicate via iOS or Android devices.
recent Harvard report, however, suggests otherwise. Encryption doesn't mean the Web goes "dark" for investigators, researchers found. On the contrary, it creates "pockets of dimness" while opening up other avenues for spying—like the IoT.
Clapper's statement, meanwhile, comes as the White House this week requested $19 billion for cybersecurity as part of President Obama's fiscal 2017 budget proposal. "Criminals, terrorists, and countries that wish to do us harm have realized that attacking us online is often easier than physically attacking us in person," Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel wrote in a blog post. "And with more and more sensitive data being stored online, the consequences of those cyber incidents are only growing more significant."

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