Going ‘dark’ in the brightest light?

Going dark debunked: Boundless surveillance opportunities via the Internet of Things 
[Via | Computerworld]

The government likes to wail that encryption is the devil and is causing its surveillance efforts to go dark, but a new report by Harvard University debunked that notion; at worst encryption might cause some dim spots, but overall surveillance opportunities are brighter than ever and will even grow. In part, that’s thanks to the Internet of Things.

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As data collection volume and methods proliferate, the number of human and technical weaknesses within the system will increase to the point that it will overwhelmingly likely be a net positive for the intelligence community. Consider all those IoT devices with their sensors and poorly updated firmware. We’re hardly going dark when — fittingly, given the metaphor — our light bulbs have motion detectors and an open port. The label is “going dark” only because the security state is losing something that it fleetingly had access to, not because it is all of a sudden lacking in vectors for useful information.


They had access to smartphones for just a few years. They will have access to our lights, thermostats, webcams, cars, cameras, front doors, refrigerators, washing machines, or even an Elf on a Shelf.

It will only get worse with autonomous cars, wearable tech and other things on the horizon.

Why need a phone when they can tell exactly what you are doing all the time? The Internet of Things has some of the weakest security around. The data they possess will be of real interest to the Security State.

And why  wait for a warrant? They can just collect it all and then use it when they want.

Going dark? Nope, they are going to need sunglasses instead.

Image: Guillermo Fernandes