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And they get worked up about Obama wiretapping Trump, duh...

WikiLeaks says it releases files on CIA cyber spying tools

"Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks on Tuesday published what it said were thousands of pages of internal CIA discussions about hacking techniques used over several years, renewing concerns about the security of consumer electronics and embarrassing yet another U.S. intelligence agency.

The discussion transcripts showed that CIA hackers could get into Apple Inc iPhones, Google Inc Android devices and other gadgets in order to capture text and voice messages before they were encrypted with sophisticated software.
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Friendly note to all of my fellow e-communications users:

ANY device with a camera or microphone can be used to record/transmit images or sounds. This is especially true with surveillance devices and with “open mic” devices that perpetually have their microphones active to receive commands, such as information providers like Apple’s “Siri”, Android’s “Okay Google”, Amazon’s “Alexa”, your SmartTV, etc.

If you elect to use these “convenience” services, then you have effectively forfeited your privacy, and anything you say within the listening area of these devices is no longer confidential. Should you inadvertently say your social security number, banking information, passwords, address, telephone numbers, etc. in casual conversation, chances are that it has been transmitted and recorded without your knowledge. If you imagine that current laws protect your privacy rights — well, good luck with that.

We are in a Brave New World of “networking”, “social media” and “information sharing”. The benefits are truly enormous in terms of connectivity and knowledge access, but they come at a price — the question we all need to ask ourselves is: is that price too steep?
Tags: conspiracy, surveillance, technology
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  • 9 comments
The Amish got it right.
The crippling health problems from all of the inbreeding were obviously a small price to pay.
Also when you buy stuff, you sell your soul to the corporations.

Conclusion: don't buy stuff!
You say it like it's a bad thing.

How much do they pay?
Talk to da fist!

Maybe I've got a different take, but I'm not shocked that the CIA was found to be in the business of spying and takes advantage of technology to do so. I'm also not too surprised to find out that they seem to be pretty good at it. Of course, I've got a Chinese brand phone, so it's not like I'm trying to hide anything.

What does surprise me is that the US spy agencies, first the NSA now the CIA, keep having these huge leaks. That's what they should be embarrassed about.
How's your take different? The OP seems quite un-shocked too.
Predictably, the CIA is shifting the focus on the leakers rather than the content of the leaks. They are now saying the purpose of WikiLeaks is to undermine the intelligence services' capacity to defend the US from its enemies.

What about the intelligence services' undermining of their own citizens' civil freedoms?