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Is The NSA Quartering “Digital” Troops Within Our Homes?

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We have extensively documented that the U.S. government is trampling virtually every single Constitutional right set forth in the Bill of Rights.

One of the few rights which we thought the government still respects is the the 3rd Amendment, which prohibits the government forcing people to house troops:

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

But security expert Jacob Appelbaum notes that the NSA may be digitally violating the 3rd Amendment.

By way of background, this week Appelbaum was the main force behind an expose in Spiegel – and gave a must-watch talk – on the NSA’s systemic offensive programs to commandeer computers and computer systems, phone connections and phone systems, and communications networks of all types.

Appelbaum shows that the NSA has literally taken over our computer and our phones, physically intercepting laptop shipments and installing bugware before themselves shipping the laptop on to the consumer, installing special hardware that overcomes all privacy attempts, including “air gaps” (i.e. keep a computer unplugged from the Internet). Appelbaum also notes that spyware can suck up a lot of system resources on a computer or smartphone.

And he says this is the digital equivalent of soldiers being stationed in our houses against our will:

The parallel might not be as far-fetched as it may seem at first …

The NSA itself says that it’s in the middle of a massive cyber war. As such, malware, physical spying devices and offensive internet workarounds are literally the main troops in the NSA’s offensive cyber army.

Quartering meant that Colonial Americans had:

  • No control over when the British troops came and went
  • No say in what resources they consumed
  • And no privacy even in their own castles

Similarly, mass NSA spying means that modern day Americans have:

  • No control over when military presence comes or goes from our computer and phones (NSA is part of the Department of Defense)
  • No say in what resources the spies suck up (remember, Applebaum says that spying can use a lot of resources and harm performance)
  • And no privacy even in the deepest inner sanctuary of our electronic home base

Colonial Americans lost the quiet use and enjoyment of their homes. Modern Americans are losing the quiet use and enjoyment of our digital homes because the NSA is stationing digital “troops” inside our computers and phones.

Just as the Colonists’ homes were no longer theirs … our computers and phones are no longer ours.

 

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Thu, 01/02/2014 - 07:36 | 4292761 q99x2
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The NSA released self-replicating nanobots and now those fuckers are everywhere. Heard a few of them clappering under my toilet seat yesterday.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 07:21 | 4292756 sbenard
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Interesting twist on the 3rd Amendment.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 07:12 | 4292754 supermaxedout
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Smart phone owners. It does not need the NSA to hack a smart phone. In German TV they showed that also a good hacker can  switch your smartphone into a mobile spying device. The mic was switched on and of and one could listen to the conversations quite good. The smart phone only had to be on stand-by.  There is nothing unusal to see when looking at it but its transmitting everything you speak. Of course the hacker traced also where you went and how long you stayed. Plus he switched on the camera.  This was a life experiment on German TV

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 02:04 | 4292608 redwater
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Looks like a browser bug causing my duplicate posts. :-/

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Thu, 01/02/2014 - 02:06 | 4292607 redwater
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Looks like a browser bug causing my duplicate posts. :-/

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Thu, 01/02/2014 - 02:06 | 4292606 redwater
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Looks like a browser bug causing my duplicate posts. :-/

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Thu, 01/02/2014 - 02:03 | 4292605 redwater
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Looks like a browser bug causing my duplicate posts. :-/

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Wed, 01/01/2014 - 23:47 | 4292437 I Write Code
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Wouldn't surprise me at all, so many products put update watchers and crap on your system these days who could tell if some little blips of activity were from some wart on one of those.

So very funny already redwater now go away.

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 23:20 | 4292387 doctor10
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This is why capital is worthless in the USA today. If GM wants what's yours-they call NSA and get it.

 

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 22:38 | 4292294 TradingTroll
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Although the constitution was written years ago, since it is relied upon to do business today, today's 'business practices' would be used for example to ensure definitions are up to date.

 

Soldier would therefor include agents and affiliates of the soldier. An electronice device that is controlled by the soldier would fall under the definition of agent.

 

And while an anticipated defense would be that the solider had no military power, cyber warfare experts would testify that certain bots have the ability to disable the computer of the citizen, or destroy their records, no different than if the soldier had bombed the library of someone opposing the government years ago.

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:46 | 4292172 jack stephan
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Dear snoops playing spy vs. spy, enjoy haha

http://youtu.be/y-idbqUzwxs

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:39 | 4292158 Winston Churchill
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Do you stut u tuter ter as well ?

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:23 | 4292142 redwater
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The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:50 | 4292183 nickt1y
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Or Supreme Couty Justices talking to their 15 yo boyfriend / girlfriend. It's no wonder that they never vote aginst this crap.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 06:16 | 4292737 FreedomGuy
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That is my theory on Robert's swing vote calling ACA Constitutional. I call it the "naked photo" technique. The leadership of the Democrat party has nude photos of the SCOTUS member or Congressman. I feel certain it was used in the passage of ACA, as well.

It is really the only explanation when you see people reverse themselves and then hurriedly run away. Anyone remember the senator in the Godfather?

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:50 | 4292182 nickt1y
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Or Supreme Couty Justices talking to their 15 yo boyfriend / girlfriend. It's no wonder that they never vote aginst this crap.

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:20 | 4292141 redwater
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The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 22:38 | 4292302 Dangertime
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You can say that again.

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:23 | 4292140 redwater
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The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:20 | 4292139 redwater
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The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:23 | 4292138 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:20 | 4292137 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:23 | 4292136 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:23 | 4292135 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:23 | 4292134 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:20 | 4292133 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:20 | 4292132 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:23 | 4292131 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:20 | 4292130 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:20 | 4292129 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:20 | 4292128 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:20 | 4292127 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:20 | 4292126 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:20 | 4292125 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:23 | 4292124 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:22 | 4292123 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:22 | 4292122 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:22 | 4292121 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:22 | 4292120 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:22 | 4292119 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:19 | 4292117 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:22 | 4292116 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:19 | 4292115 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:19 | 4292114 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:22 | 4292113 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:19 | 4292112 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:19 | 4292111 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:22 | 4292110 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:19 | 4292109 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:19 | 4292108 redwater
redwater's picture

The implications are staggering. If they truly have root access to smartphones.

Every employee who has a smartphone is a potential zombie that can infect their company/institutions network.

Where the NSA can inject malware into your entire infrastructure (think stuxnet).

Some the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Truly criminal.

Imagine Porsche getting bugged so Obama can pass along some nice intel to his Detroit buddies. Or more inside juice for Soros to close a big deal. Or manipulating markets so JPM can corale silver.

 

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