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U.S. Intel Chief: Smart Home Devices Present “New Opportunities” for Spying

HeadlineFeb 10, 2016

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has acknowledged for the first time government agencies might use a range of home devices connected to the Internet in order to conduct spying. Clapper’s comments relate to the so-called Internet of Things, an array of web-connected devices, from kids’ toys to smart TVs and remotely operated thermostats. In testimony submitted to the Senate, Clapper said “widespread vulnerabilities” in the devices represent “new opportunities for our own intelligence services.”

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