Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Big Brother is Listening

I am becoming more convinced every day that we live in Orwell's 1984 and don't know it, or wouldn't believe it even when presented with evidence we are. What's frightening about this is that not only could it be used by government agencies, the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc., but by any pimply faced hacker who can download the software to do it. The following is from an article on news.com:
Nextel and Samsung handsets and the Motorola Razr are especially vulnerable to software downloads that activate their microphones, said James Atkinson, a counter-surveillance consultant who has worked closely with government agencies. "They can be remotely accessed and made to transmit room audio all the time," he said. "You can do that without having physical access to the phone."

Because modern handsets are miniature computers, downloaded software could modify the usual interface that always displays when a call is in progress. The spyware could then place a call to the FBI and activate the microphone--all without the owner knowing it happened. (The FBI declined to comment on Friday.)

"If a phone has in fact been modified to act as a bug, the only way to counteract that is to either have a bugsweeper follow you around 24-7, which is not practical, or to peel the battery off the phone," Atkinson said. Security-conscious corporate executives routinely remove the batteries from their cell phones, he added.
The article also talks about spying through the OnStar system in cars and through PC cams. Welcome to 1984. Hey Big Brother, can you hear me now?


skomalley said...

You should read "Brave New World" as well. Aldous and Orwell were good friends. It's scary how close their visions of the future are becoming true. Even the so-called good guys (liberals) are pushing forward with their vision of "A Brave New World" through their elitist mentality. Before we know it we'll either be Alphas or episilons (a two class society).

arevolutionofone said...

I did read it, but I need to read it again. Read 1984 several times. You are absolutely right about liberals being as guilty as the conservatives. Liberal causes can be as limiting to freedom as conservative ones. The thing I find most frightening is that most people either don't seem to notice or care.