One refrain you will constantly hear from the skeptics is "conspiracy theories are stupid nonsense!" Actually, no. Conspiracy theories are being proven true all the time; and in the background links below I list a number of examples. In fact it's fair to say that a lot of history is merely conspiracy theory looked at in retrospect. One popular conspiracy theory is that government intelligence services spy on their own citizens using sophisticated surveillance systems embedded into everyday electronic appliances... and naturally the skeptics have laughed at us for it. On Tuesday Wikileaks released the first in a new batch of classified flies from the US Central Intelligence Agency codenamed "Vault 7". The first wave, given the sinister name "Year Zero", comprises of almost nine thousand highly restricted documents from the CIA headquarters on the subject of "cyber security". It is the biggest single publication in the history of Wikileaks. The CIA has a vast electronic espionage system involving malware and hacking tools of all kinds, on a level of sophistication beyond which publicly available technology can protect end users. Its huge arsenal of electronic weaponry is designed specifically to target a wide array of commercial products; the Apple iPhone range, Google's Android, Microsoft's Windows operating systems and many more. The CIA has a team of over five thousand specialists and is taking over much of the role previous played by the official American electronic intelligence outfit, the National Security Agency which Edward Snowden is on the run from. The advantage being that the CIA has a larger "black budget" and is subject to less public accountability. Most disturbing of all, my own personal prediction has been proven true with the agency's infiltration of smart television sets, see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/bb-tv.html. They have a system that is some kind of penetration patch secretly designed for Samsung smart TV's which allows the agency to record from the set's microphone. It can also switch the set on without any lights coming on etc to hide its activation from the owner. So, your smart TV can be on when you think it's off; when you've even switched it off yourself. The CIA's cyber-warfare operations also involve infecting the control systems of cars, probably so they can assassinate people by causing their vehicle to crash, a more up-to-date version of the "Boston brakes" method that was probably used to kill Princess Diana in 1997, see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/diana-back-in-news.html and: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/ben-emlyn-jones-on-tony-topping-show.html and: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/ben-emlyn-jones-on-wythenshawe-fm.html. These viruses can pass through any encryption or firewall available to the general public and can evade anti-malware applications. They also have ways of leaping across USB interfaces and hiding themselves inside removable hardware like memory sticks and routers etc. So even the best antivirus suite you can buy on the open market will be about as effective against the CIA as Jerry Fletcher's beer bottle. Source: https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/.
The source of this revelation appears to be former intelligence officers and those working in the corporate arm of the authorities, circulating this information in an unauthorized manner. Wikileaks has previously revealed that the CIA has carried out human intelligence, spies on the ground, and electronic intelligence operations against all the candidates in the 2012 presidential election in
It is almost certain that they are doing the same again at the moment to
prevent the anti-EU candidate Marine Le Pen from becoming the new French
president. I had a feeling there was something like this in the pipeline after
the internet security issue was discussed at a recent Ditchley Foundation
conference, see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/ditchley-park-on-internet-security.html.
The matter has been a hot political topic in the United
States of America. Most recently President
Trump accused the FBI of a cyberwar attack against him with the approval of
former president Barack Obama, see: http://theday.co.uk/international/trump-under-fire-after-alleging-obama-hacking.
I'm not sure exactly what the average private citizen can do to defend
themselves in this situation. Obviously the IT sophistication of the
intelligence agencies is beyond anything the technicians at Currys PC World can
help you out with. However there are some basic common sense precautions you
can take. Remember to unplug your smart TV from the mains as well as switching
it off. If you're having a sensitive conversation in which you are particularly
concerned about your mobile phone being used for eavesdropping, don't just turn
it off; take out the battery. As is often the case, Sargon of Akkad has
provided an excellent commentary to this subject, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6BdaoyJe-Q.
See here for background: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/hillsborough-unlawful-killing.html.