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Roomba Pursuing Plan to Share 3D Maps of Your Private Home with Google, Apple and Amazon Reader 08/11/2017 (Fri) 16:02:12 Id: 04509f [Preview] No. 1350
RELATED: https://archive.fo/SrUqC

Everywhere you turn these days, new technology seeks to undermine both constitutional guarantees and basic assumptions of privacy, when you would normally and reasonably expect that you’re not being spied upon.

After all, it’s one thing to put your entire life online in a series of social media posts; that happens by choice. But when devices you buy for one purpose turn out to serve the additional purpose of invading your privacy, that’s a problem.

As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, the maker of the autonomous vacuuming robot, Roomba, has just revealed plans for his next generation of devices to include technology to gather 3D floor plans on your home and then transmit them to third parties. (Related: Wikileaks reveals the extent of the CIA hacking capabilities; personal devices are no longer safe or private.)

The machines have been in homes for years now, bouncing harmlessly off walls and furniture in their quest to keep your floors clean. But now they will be designed to collect more than just dirt:

That data is of a spatial variety: The dimensions of a room as well as distances between sofas, tables, lamps and other home furnishings.

To a tech industry eager to push ‘smart’ homes controlled by a variety of Internet-enabled devices, that space is the next frontier.

Already connected devices like cameras for home security, smart-home lighting and thermostats are on the market. But the CEO of Roomba manufacturer iRobot Corp., Colin Angle, says even those devices are still ‘dumb’ when it comes to gathering an understanding of their overall surrounding environment.

So he believes that mapping technology which currently helps guide Roombas throughout homes could be changed to accommodate gathering specific home dimensions, and so he’s basing the company’s strategy on that concept moving forward.

“There’s an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared,” he told the paper.

Except, has a user “allowed” such information to be “shared?” Are consumers currently asked whether they want to permit their smart devices to spy on them? The answer to that is, obviously, no. And it’s not implied, either, just because they bought the item — or at least, it shouldn’t be.

Still, Angle’s vision already has stirred interest among some of the usual tech suspects — Apple Inc., online retail behemoth Amazon and Google’s parent company, Alphabet. All of these companies are hawking artificial intelligence home consumer interfaces and voice assisted ‘helpers.’

Financial research firm IHS Markit even estimates that market for smart home devices was worth $9.8 billion in 2016 and that it will grow 60 percent in 2017.

But cheaper competitors are not the only ones facing off against Angle and his concept for digitized home invasion. Privacy groups are also screaming, as well they should be: Our smart devices were originally designed to make our lives easier and more efficient, but increasingly we are discovering they are making our lives more public and ‘marketable’ in the process.


Reader 08/11/2017 (Fri) 16:06:45 Id: 04509f [Preview] No. 1352 del
Here is a copypasta of security tips from 8chan's /opsec/ board [note (6) applies with threats like Roomba]:

(1) Don't use social media [Avoid Facebook/Myspace/Twitter/Snapchat/etc.] (no brainer)
(2) Forward secrecy (keep your mouth shut about any personal info if you don't want to expose yourself)
(3) Use a cheap private VPN (w/ no IP logging) and Tor browser!
(4) Always disconnect your internet (physically) when you are not going to use it! Make sure bluetooth and WiFi is physically disabled. Don't keep it online all the time! If you do, you are asking to be hacked!
(5) Use an old "flipper" phone. AKA a jitterbug. Cover up any camera if has one. Jitterbugs are basic cellphones for people with disability problems / senior citizens! Just a bare basic cell phone where you can take out the battery. Has no internet platform.
(6) Flock to flea markets, garage sales, thrift shops to buy older electronics! Do not by 'smart' or 'green' appliances! Learn how to maintain and fix older products/utilities too! All IoT (Internet of Things) tech can be used to spy on you, avoid IoT!
(7) Never put your real name or personal info into your computer, always use FAKE names / aliases. Tell your friends to just hang out with you face-to-face instead of using social media.
(8) Face to face relationships are the best kind. Don't be afraid to hang with your friends now and then. I do -- in fact -- that's all I'll do. (no social media BS)
(9) Always bleach you browser cache / cookies / web logs! 35x gutmann style! (Bleachbit, Ccleaner, etc.)
(10) No OS is safe. Just exclude as much personal information you can from your Operating System. Make sure its disconnected offline when not being used! Make sure bluetooth and WiFi is also physically disabled when not in use.


Reader 08/11/2017 (Fri) 16:08:01 Id: 04509f [Preview] No. 1353 del

(11) Browser Security: Use Noscript add-on. Noscript is a must: make sure to block all global scripts, wipe the whitelist in Noscript and re-configure the whitelist that best fits your browser habits. IPFlood is also a useful add-on to obfuscate IP GET requests. You should use Random Agent Spoofer (or Blender) to spoof your browser & OS metadata while you surf the web, making it a lot harder to track your activity. Tin Foil is another great security addon.
(12) Its best to have two computers, rather than just one. For example, have one just for banking / legit LEGAL purposes. Have another one (completely separated) just for private or illegal activity. Make sure you don't put any personal info in the private computer.
(13) Use encryption and strong passwords! Write them down on a piece of paper or memorize them. DO NOT store passwords on a computer file. That is a big no-no! Try easy to remember long sentances for passwords, and combine all the words together. The more characters used, the harder it is for hackers to break the passwords.
(14) Have separate email accounts for each kind of activity (legal or not, don't matter).
(15) Make sure you physically disconnect your web cam or cover it up with black electrical tape. Most laptops these days come with web cams attached above or below the monitor. Make sure the camera cannot be used to identify you or spy on you in any way. (Yes, webcams can be hacked / remotely hijacked to spy on you!)
(16) Avoid new "Smart TVs" (they spy on you too)! If you have a newer TV, make sure you cover up or unplug the camera and microphone. Or keep it offline and disconnected from the cable box when not in use. You could cancle cable and rip DVDs of your favorite movies and shows instead, using it for offline purposes only.
(17) Avoid all new digitized vehicles. They can easily be hacked, used to spy on you and even be remotely hijacked by criminal entities/governments!
(18) Never allow another person to use your computer. Make sure you routinely backup important files to a flashdrive or DVD and store that data offline. Also make sure you have a backup copy of the OS you use as well. If you ever have problems with your OS someday, just wipe your partitioned OS, and then re-partition the OS again yourself from scratch. Do not allow others to 'fix' your computer, they could easily steal information from your OS you might not want them knowing about. Geek Squad works with the FBI and other agencies to steal data from their customers, do not trust them to fix or repair your computer.
(19) Any photos you take with modern cameras contain EXIF metadata that contain GPS coordinates among other data used to identify the owner of the photo. If you store your modern photos online, people will be able to identify you. Don't do it! I repeat: do not post modern photos online unless you want to be identified!

Reader 08/11/2017 (Fri) 21:16:37 [Preview] No. 1361 del
I agree with most of the points and with the general idea of controlling your privacy.

But re-read your list and imagine you're a normi who
a) Barely knows the basics of computing
b) Barely knows the physics / logic behind the systems they use
c) Has any of the above services embedded in their social life.
and d) lacks the imagination and world experience to understand how bad it is to give someone leverage over their lives.

Even if you can convince them it's worth changing their behavior, it's too much effort and a too steep hill to climb if you're not already a geek.

Make the choice easy for them, then they'll pick the secure option every time: "here are 2 smart phones. They are identical in everything they do. Except this one is 'secure'"

That's how easy it has to be for them to do anything.

Got ideas?

Reader 08/11/2017 (Fri) 21:28:29 [Preview] No. 1362 del
Let's talk practical about your points:

19) Exif on cameras. Camera geeks have been modifying firmware of cameras for extra features for years now. Make it easy to install a non botnet firmware and publicize the fact. Download photos on your facebook feed and re-upload them with the exif data overlay-ed / as a water mark on the photos. Make people notice.

18) Good point. But again. Tell a normie he should re-install every 6 months and they'll roll their eyes at you. Give them a 1 click install usb key of a no-maintenance no-bs version of ubuntu. Make it impossible to fuck up. Give them an easy option for a clean base for their digital life.

17) Agree with you about cars. Right now a normies' options are to pay a guy to remove the electronics (Only really possible with older BMWs), pay a guy to install an OSS fireware (prius hackers are the only ones that do this afaik), or buy a multi band low range jammer and block the car's ability to be remote controlled. (Must only be strong enough for one car, and not a city block).

If you make the jammer option cheap and small, people may buy it and attach it to their car keys.

Reader 08/11/2017 (Fri) 21:36:47 [Preview] No. 1363 del
Again. Agree with you. Those things are evil. But don't ask a normie to choose between NFL on wide screen and his privacy.
But get him a cheap router that filters evil samsung/lg/apple/advertisers ip ranges and routes the tv via a vpn, (And maybe shows him a nice graphic on his tablet of what shit his tv is attempting to ex filtrate) and maybe they'll opt for the extra privacy on the 5'000$ TV.

15) This is bad advice, if you've lost control of your webcam, then someone already has root on your device. (And you can't disable mics and cameras on most laptops)
Instead, give them a secure OS, or a device that lights up when a usb port start being more heavily used. Or hell just a program that pops up a message warning you that the camera is in use:

Reader 08/11/2017 (Fri) 21:44:35 [Preview] No. 1364 del
Separate email for everything.
This is good advice. But again. Imagine a normie doing this. Signing up for a new email address is painful.

Here's a better idea. Set up a free email server for family and friends. Give every account a free domain name. Route every email for one domain to their inbox. Tell them their email address is whateverthefuckyouwantitdoesntmatterlol@theircustomdomain.com

Again. Make it EASY. Just give them a url, a password. And make it easy for them to add it to their phone or existing gmail or whatever (Yea i know, google evilz, etc, but worry about easy first)

Reader 08/11/2017 (Fri) 21:50:53 [Preview] No. 1365 del
14) Free domain names you can use for that: .TK / .ML / .GA / .CF / .GQ


It's possible to preconfigure android apps right? Preconfigure a free email client with this and make it work out the box.
The normie will use it. And will be tracked less across sites. Less targeted spam!
This also means, if their password is leaked on one site (the normie will always just use one really bad password, get over it), attackers wont be able to match it to any other sites. (Most sites rate limit login attempts, so a dictionary attack containing the normies pw isn't as bad anymore)

Reader 08/11/2017 (Fri) 21:57:25 [Preview] No. 1366 del
13) Useless advice. Human mind is bad at memorizing random letters and numbers.

Instead. Generate a crazy complex password for someone, and sharpie it on the back of their credit card. Or on house keys.
It's written down.
They always have it on them.
They won't lose it.
It's super complex.
If they do lose it, who will know wtf are the numbers for?

And encryption? Just turn it on for them. Normies hate dialogue boxes. Make it easy. On/Off button. Simple. Otherwise they won't do it. The brain shuts down when they hear the word. Don't tell. Do.

Reader 08/15/2017 (Tue) 09:22:33 Id: 55584b [Preview] No. 1391 del
I do this on notepad paper, having it next to my computer. Thing is, when people come over to visit I have to put it out of sight so they don't see it or steal my account passwords.

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