Chinese Products: Spying Inside

Via @stroughtonsmith:

Russia: Hidden chips ‘launch spam attacks from irons’

State-owned channel Rossiya 24 even showed footage of a technician opening up an iron included in a batch of Chinese imports to find a “spy chip” with what he called “a little microphone”. Its correspondent said the hidden devices were mostly being used to spread viruses, by connecting to any computer within a 200m (656ft) radius which were using unprotected Wi-Fi networks. Other products found to have rogue components reportedly included mobile phones and car dashboard cameras.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

I never expected this.

It would be easier to plant software like that in a tablet made in China.

Do you still want to buy a Chinese tablet now?

2 Comments

Filed under Infowar, iPad Mini Clones

2 responses to “Chinese Products: Spying Inside

  1. RicDay

    Since I never really wanted to buy a Chinese tablet of dubious provenance, I guess I am safe. But really, how weird can this get? This stuff is starting to feel a bit like Mad Magazine’s Spy vs Spy cartoons from the 60s, come to life.

    Now that everyone seems to be spying on everyone, what the hell is the point? I understand industrial secrets, but the Koreans seem to have taken that theft to a whole new level. Meanwhile the NSA is madly accumulating telephone , email, and who knows what other data, but are not preventing things like the Boston Marathon bombing, or Newtown.

    It all feels damn stupid.

    • mikecane

      Imagine walking into a library and having no titles on the books, and the books all have blank covers and are all the same size and colors. And you desperately have to find just one piece of information. That’s what this BS is like.

      I know there’s a country in Northern Europe where everyone can look up everyone else’s salary and public records very, very easily, but who wants that here?

      It’s funny. People on Twitter automatically assumed that I Googled everyone I Followed. I never did — and still don’t.

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